Category Archives: Teaching and pedagogy

Guest Post: How to Deepen Online Dialog (Rebecca Zambrano, Faculty Focus)

Tweet Many faculty members express concern that discussion in their online courses is shallow or sparse. What is it that makes meaningful dialogue so elusive in online courses? Some practices in online course design and discussion facilitation can actually encourage … Continue reading

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ApprenNet. Incorporate interactive video posts into your class.

Tweet If you are looking for an alternative to text-based discussion boards, for a way to build community in an online course, or want to improve student’s presentation skills, ApprenNet may be for you! Questions? Contact DEIT at 610-282-1100 x2290 or … Continue reading

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Improving your course’s look and feel

Tweet Part of the design of Blackboard courses should include a consideration of the visual nature of the material. There are several things that can be done to improve the way a course looks. Picture formatting When putting images into … Continue reading

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Harness the Power of Emotions to Help Your Students Learn (Guest Post, Flower Darby, Faculty Focus)

Tweet In a post for Faculty Focus, instructional designer Flower Darby from Northern Arizona University describes the power of emotions in learning. An excerpt: We connect, understand, and remember things much more deeply when our emotions are involved. Just think … Continue reading

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Synchronous Online Classes: 10 Tips for Engaging Students (Guest Post by Marie Norman, Faculty Focus)

Tweet If your online course holds synchronous (live) sessions, here’s how to increase engagement, participation, and accountability. And the video the article links to at the beginning is hilarious! See the full post here.

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Guest Post: Tips for Teaching Adult Students with Work Experience – Eileen Schiffer, Faculty Focus

Tweet Learn how to leverage the wealth of personal and professional experience that non-traditional students bring to their pursuit of a degree. By 2021, it’s expected that nearly 7 million postsecondary students will be attending part-time, and enrollment of students … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Benefits of Giving Students Choices, Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus

Tweet In this post from Faculty Focus, Maryellen Weimer highlights the benefits of giving students choices in order for students to become more self-directed learners, develop skills for asking the right questions, and increase motivation and buy-in. Example of decisions … Continue reading

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Workshop: Memory Recall Techniques for Instructors: Weds, Nov 29 at 3 pm (on campus) or 7 pm (online)

Tweet Make learning more memorable for your students! Memory Recall Techniques for Instructors: Wednesday, November 29 at 3 pm (Dooling Hall, Room 40) OR 7 pm (online via Blackboard Collaborate). Registration appreciated at www.desales.edu/workshops. Questions: deit@desales.edu or 610-282-1100 x2290. Research … Continue reading

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Results of IHE Survey of Faculty Attitudes Toward Technology

Tweet The trade publication Inside Higher Ed recently published the results of its 2017 Survey of Faculty Attitudes on Technology. Much of the survey focused on faculty attitudes toward online classes. In my view, like “regular” classes, online or hybrid … Continue reading

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Online Courses Best for Introverts? Guest Post

Tweet In this guest post that appeared in Inside Higher Ed, Karen Costa explains why online education might be the best bet for introverted students. See the full post here.

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