The blessed occasion is almost upon us here at Centralia College. Start of the term - Yay! There are some important things you can do as an educator or student services member to help students start the term off well. Having a friendly face, giving clear directions or expectations are a couple of ideas, but … Continue reading Want to Help Students Start the Term Off Well? Tell Them About Week Zero
Please enjoy this interview with Jessica Ramirez about Late Nite at the Library that just happened in Kirk Library to help students prepare for finals. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzQOVz_NHAc
Seriously, did you know that Word has a template for MLA and APA format? I'm not talking about it setting up your bibliography or Works Cited page for you. I mean an honest-to-goodness (I dare say) fool-proof template. I totally have to give the credit to this find to Associate Professor, Gene Shriver. I knew … Continue reading What the What? Word has an MLA Template?
Do You Use the "Announcement" Feature in Canvas? Beware: Your Students May Not Be Getting the Messages You Think They Are Using announcements are easy. You just click on that easy little navigation button on the left side of your class, click +Announcement and boom, you could use pictures, videos, attachments, text, etc. Then, click … Continue reading Using Announcements in Canvas – Do Students Get These?
Are you surviving winter quarter? Here are a few tips and reminders that should make things easier. Advising - You can set up a Canvas course for your advisees. Then, you can message all your advisees at the same time in the Canvas messenger or put all the information on the classes or deadlines they … Continue reading Winter Quarter Survival Tips
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDZFcDGpL4U You may have already seen the above video (if you haven't, click now). Have you thought about how teaching or learning has changed since you were in school or your parents or grandparents were in school. I think we frequently take education for granted - what it looks like, how we teach, how we … Continue reading What Does It Look Like to Teach and Learn Now?
Phew! We have made it past midterms (hopefully, relatively unscathed), and we are into a serious countdown to Christmas (or winter break). Fall quarter is always a blur. There's a HUGE build up to prep, the most new students at once all year and the largest break between quarters happens right before fall. Talk about stressful. Students … Continue reading Are You Surviving Fall Quarter?
Phew! The dust has settled and we've (hopefully) all survived the first two weeks of summer quarter! Summer quarter has always been a bit challenging for me because it's only 8 weeks long and as an instructor, you have to fit the same amount of content from 10/11 weeks into 8. Talk about stressful. Students … Continue reading How to Survive Summer Quarter!
Copyright Infringement Is a Big & Potentially Costly Deal Do you know how to handle it in the digital information age? We've all searched images on Google and used them however and wherever we wanted to - maybe even putting them in Paint to doctor them first. Most of us have looked things up on … Continue reading Copyright in the information age?
In case you lose touch with the realities of being an online student (as we all do from time to time), the following is my own personal experience I just had with turning in a very high stakes paper with a nearly missed deadline for my Masters in education program. This is an edited email … Continue reading Confessions of eLearning Student Life