ATL Conference – 7 Best Practices, Not Just for eLearning

Seven Best Practices for eLearning Courses #1:  Be present at the course site. #2:  Share a set of clear and realistic expectations for communications. How students communicate with you What is your preferred method of communication How soon students will hear from Instructor When students can check the grade When the next module is available … Continue reading ATL Conference – 7 Best Practices, Not Just for eLearning

ATL Conference – Some Comments on Community

These are some comments I heard during a session with Bill Moore at the ATL Conference.   As we move forward and make changes here at Centralia, these may be some ideas we want to keep in mind: In a learning community, we need each other. A teaching community is a learning system, and vice versa. A real community needs … Continue reading ATL Conference – Some Comments on Community

ATL Conference – Meaningful Placement Workshop

Bill Moore organized this workshop featuring a new college in the system, where the placement system was yet to be designed.   The beginning discussion centered around  whether placement testing tools were helpful to students, because students, especially those placing at precollege levels, often come out of a placement testing experience discouraged, disbelieving, and/or resentful of their placement levels.  Workshop participants were … Continue reading ATL Conference – Meaningful Placement Workshop

Harvesting the Web: Finding & Using Online Open Resources in Your Courses Presented by Jean Kent

  This was my favorite workshop at the ATL conference in Spokane. Jean is a dynamic speaker and is very knowledgeable with open resources.   This fabulous open discussion and hands on workshop covered a lot of material. Luckily the presenter has supplied a link to this workshop http://harvest-the-web.blogspot.com/ and a link to her handout … Continue reading Harvesting the Web: Finding & Using Online Open Resources in Your Courses Presented by Jean Kent

How to Know Your Students Know About Student E-mail Accounts.

I have talked to many faculty concerned about students not knowing they have a student e-mail account or not realizing the critical communication that is automatically sent to their e-mail accounts. There have also been many conversations at various meetings about how to get students to use their student e-mail. When I was attending the  … Continue reading How to Know Your Students Know About Student E-mail Accounts.

Chicken Soup for the Burned-Out Instructor’s Soul: Help Underprepared Students to Meet Your College-Level Expectations.

Monica Lemoine from Highline Community College presented a great workshop at this year’s ATL conference in Spokane. Monica encouraged us to “steal” her stuff and use it wherever we can so I thought I would share one of her “easy to implement policies that yield large returns.” The workshop focused on policies that an instructor … Continue reading Chicken Soup for the Burned-Out Instructor’s Soul: Help Underprepared Students to Meet Your College-Level Expectations.

Help International Students Write Better Essays

At a recent ATL Conference in Spokane, Tacoma Community College faculty Mary Fox and Wendy Larsen gave a great presentation on "Please Explain a Five-Paragraph Essay, so I'll Know How Not to Write One: The Challenges Facing Second Language Writers." Among the many culture shocks international students experience, writing an American style essay is something … Continue reading Help International Students Write Better Essays

Technology for Educators: Tools for Teachers

Stephanie Delaney, eLearning director at Cascadia, posted the following note on the eLearning Council listserv today. Sue Frantz is psychology instructor at Highline and she's got a great blog. I'm sorry I missed her presentation! Hello all, Last week, Sue Frantz gave a great presentation at the ATL conference – Technology for Educators: Tools for … Continue reading Technology for Educators: Tools for Teachers