Faculty Tips: Bringing Course Content to Life With Simulations

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Simulations are a great way for students to develop their problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills. The benefits of simulations have been identified by multiple studies. For example, in their work, Nilson (2016), argues that “simulations and games can bring the course material to life and emotionally engage an entire class as few other … Read more

Faculty Tips: Creating Meaningful and Culturally Relevant Assignments and Assessments

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“By being purposeful and thoughtful from the beginning, you can ensure that your assignments will not only serve as effective assessment methods, but also engage and delight your students” -Boyd, 2020 Meaningful assignments and assessments provide vital feedback to learners on their performance and instructors on their teaching (Nilson, 2016; Boyd 2020). If an instructor … Read more

“Grades should be a mirror,” not a carrot and a stick. -Feldman

Feldman, Joe. 2019. Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Curriculum. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin. It is rare that a text fundamentally shakes the ground upon which your pedagogy stands. Grading for Equity accomplished this task and facilitated a reconstruction from the ashes. In this essential text, … Read more

Roles in the Online Classroom

Navigating the online environment can be quite a challenge, and at times isolating. Reflecting upon our roles in the online environment, both as learners and instructors, can help guide behavior and interaction toward a successful exchange. Below I very briefly reflect upon my understanding of the key roles and functions of both students and instructors … Read more

Common Misconceptions of Online Learning

In order to promote student success, instructors must provide the opportunity for learners to become familiar with the method of instruction. In traditional face-to-face courses new college students often take a couple weeks to adjust to the mode of instruction and learning environment. In order to help students in this transition, instructors provide an introductory … Read more

Theories of Learning for Instructional Design in the Online Classroom

It is important that instructional design be informed by sound educational theory. Online courses are no exception. Online learning courses must uphold the same academic standards as their face-to-face counterparts, and yet, they embody distinct learning environments. Below I outline several dominant theories of teaching and learning and investigate their application for the online environment. … Read more

Learning Styles: A Hoax?

Have you ever heard a student say something like, “oh I’m a visual learner, I need to see information in pictures to understand it”? Well they are talking about learning types, a relatively challenged theory of individual learning strengths. You can take the VARK questionnaire to identify your own preferred learning style. According to VARK … Read more