Peer review badge Use Self-Evaluation and Instructor Feedback in Group Discussions to Enhance Participation in Large-Enrollment Courses

Description Discussions in asynchronous online courses provide an opportunity for students to share their thoughts and learn from classmates in a fashion emulating in-class discussions. This allows students to contribute their thoughts and take time to respond to classmates’ comments. In a large enrollment online course, dividing the class into groups provides the opportunity for …

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Peer review badge Streamlining Placement Testing with an Adaptive, Branched Exam

Description Digital technologies are widely used in language teaching and testing (Finnerty, 2015; Meunier, 1994). The adaptive testing technologies especially offer rigor and convenience in language assessment (Rasskazova et al., 2017). The Canvas MasteryPaths feature allows instructors to easily adapt learning contents and assessments based on students’ performance. During UCF Global’s development of our online …

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Peer review badge Enhancing Competency-Based Education with Virtual Reality Simulation

Description Competency-based education (CBE) is an alternative modality of learning. Instead of courses, a CBE program is comprised of competencies and rigorous assessments. Students progress through the program by successfully passing competency assessments. CBE is a valuable option for non-traditional students who have work experience. With prior knowledge of a specific competency, a student may …

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Peer review badge Transitioning to Online Facilitation of Immersive VR Simulations

Description Education in nursing has evolved from traditional classroom and clinical rotations to integration of simulated experiences.  Simulated experiences that mirror clinical situations, are a pedagogical approach for enhancing knowledge, skills and self-confidence, thus positively impacting the learning process (Araújo et al., 2018).  There is a growing interest to integrate virtual reality (VR) in nursing …

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Peer review badge Using 360′ Videos to Provide Cultural Immersion in Virtual Study Abroad Courses

Description Study abroad experiences are known to benefit students in numerous ways, including personal development (Luo & Jamieson-Drake, 2015), cultural appreciation (Holtbrugge & Engelhard, 2016) and professional growth (Kronholz & Osborn, 2016).  Citing 2020 as a “turning point around which education abroad was transformed,” leaders in the field recognized the need to pioneer new  options, …

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Peer review badge Using Zoom Polling Feature to Increase Student Engagement and Learning

Description Quizzes are a well-established method for testing student understanding, in both forms of summative and formative assessments. To ensure that the quizzes are impactful for students, intentionality is required (Ebner & Efron, 2012). Instructors must consider that the timing, modality, and approach all influence its effectiveness. When using quizzes in alignment with learning objectives, …

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Peer review badge Use Digital Badges to Scaffold and Guide Student Learning

Description Traditionally, student learning has been recognized and stored through the official transcript. However, transcripts are limited to credit hour instruction and formal learning. Digital badges are a form of digital credentialing that recognizes learning in a range of learning environments and often smaller increments of learning. They have become increasingly popular as a way …

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Peer review badge Using Class Announcements to Make Content Connections Across Weeks or Units

Description This strategy consists of sharing content-related announcements (either via email or through the Learning Management System) to help students see how topics being addressed at various points throughout the term are connected.  This strategy is useful because online students value the clarity of information presented in the course (Sheridan, 2010), and courses that poorly …

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Peer review badge Digital #Powerups: Hashtags to Empower Higher-Order Student Engagement in Online Discussions

Description The digital powerups strategy provides an innovative way for instructors to engage students in higher-order online discussion by humanizing and personalizing the discussion. This strategy should be used to allow students to engage in online discussions in relevant and authentic ways. Online discussions can “allow students to participate actively and interact with students and …

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Peer review badge Use Discussion Boards, Google Docs, and Pages Tool for Online, Case-based, Collaborative learning

Description Case-based learning is often used in social science classes, as well as in other disciplines. This can be challenging to implement online. By dividing a class into smaller groups, and assigning a separate discussion board to each group, the groups can do their planning asynchronously and completely online, while the instructor has a complete …

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