Open Image from Pixabay This month's Year Round Learning theme is "Teaching Techniques" and I wanted to explore a topic that I'm familiar with - Gamification. 'Why Gamify?' is a great question to ask yourself if you're an instructor that hasn't explored it yet. It's also a great question if you're an instructor who has … Continue reading Teaching Technique – Why Gamify?
Alisha Williams is an awardee of the Faculty/Staff Innovator Award at Centralia College. She is in her third quarter teaching English composition as an adjunct instructor for Centralia College. For her first English 102 course, she said she "really wanted something fun that also provided a context for writing." So, she "decided to use a … Continue reading Congratulations to Faculty/Staff Innovator – Alisha Williams
It's the age-old problem. You need to tell a story line or create a time line and you're limited to the old standard of drawing a line on a piece of paper as neatly as possible, only to go back and redo it several times because you kept having to make more room for another … Continue reading Tiki-Toki – What Could You Do With an Awesome Timeline Tool?
I went to an amazing session at the Washington Canvas User's Group conference (WACUG) right before spring quarter and I heard the MOST AMAZING statement from a faculty. They said, "I found that the more of me I put into my classroom, the more my students engage." The context was that this was a session … Continue reading “The More of Me I Put in My Classroom, the More My Students Engage”
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!
Homepages. They are your students' first impression of you and your class. It's the same thing as meeting on the first day in a face-to-face class. It sets the tone for the whole class, your style, how students can approach you, how they get help, if the class (and the teacher) are engaging and exciting. This … Continue reading Homepages Are Where Your Class Begins to Succeed or Starts to Fail
Say What? A reoccurring issue with course design whether you're face-to-face, hybrid or completely online is student engagement. Even though you think underwater basket-weaving off the coast of Tunisia is the most fascinating thing since the invention of sliced bread, students may not be as excited about it as you. They can be fickle creatures that … Continue reading Embedding a Twitter Feed into Canvas
Use Active Learning Techniques Learning is not a spectator sport - it should not be sitting in class, listening, memorizing prepackaged assignments and spitting out answers. Students need to talk and write about what they are learning - with each other and their teacher. Students need to apply what they learn to their daily lives … Continue reading Good Teaching Practice #3 – encourage active learning
Develop Reciprocity and Cooperation Among Students Students need to learn to share ideas and react to the thinking of others in a healthy and respectful way. Students need to connect to learning as a group and in a collaborative way. Learning is enhanced when it's more like a team effort than a solo race. How … Continue reading Good Teaching Practice #2 – students working together
Encourage Contact Between the Student and Teacher Teachers know students' names and call them by name. Students feel comfortable asking for help from teachers. Teachers talk to their students. Students talk to their teachers. How can you do these things, within an online learning environment such as Angel? Pose questions in homework, and respond with … Continue reading Good Teaching Practice #1 – encourage contact