Online Teaching

5 Ground Rules for Online Classroom Discussion

Somehow, online course discussions tend to spiral out of control quicker than in-person debates. Whether we can attribute this to the distance between discussants, misinterpreting intentions due to a lack of visual and audio cues, general courage from having digital space between people, or a combination, anyone who has grazed through an online forum understands. …

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What Instructional Designers Can Do for Your Online Courses

Diving into a learning management system (like Canvas at Colorado State University) may feel intimidating to many instructors. That’s why instructional designers are here to relieve tech anxieties and help you make the most of the many tools and features available in an online course. Instructional designers provide organized and reusable content, interactive activities, and …

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How to Make Your Course Syllabus More Engaging

What is this assignment? When is that paper due? What is the late policy? Do you have office hours? Despite having advised students to review the syllabus in order to understand basic course expectations and requirements, I found that I was continually fielding questions like these. It’s not that I minded answering students’ questions, but …

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Texting and Teaching: Embracing Mobile Devices as Learning Tools

Mobile devices have revolutionized the way we interact and communicate in our personal lives, but have you considered how they have changed academic environments? The use of smart phones, tablet computers, and other small, hand-held, portable devices has increased dramatically in recent years, and a recent survey found that an increasing number of students attribute …

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Making Online Teaching More Effective: Advice from a Student Perspective

Students need to have a voice in online education because they are on the receiving end of the education. Yet, all too often, they aren’t given an opportunity to share their thoughts about a course, content delivery, and overall quality, until the class is over. As an online doctoral student, an instructional technologist working in the …

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The distance between learner and teacher has never been closer than it is now

New Technology Takes the Distance Out of Distance Learning

The array of new tools cropping up for use in online and distance courses is dizzying. New learning technologies are buzzing around like busy little bees, pollenating the online learning landscape with nuances and, as some might consider them, nuisances. Despite some of the initial frustrations some instructors encounter with learning them, these new technologies …

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Asynchronous Communication Benefits of Online Learning

The Power of Narrated PowerPoint Presentations in Online Teaching

One of the more painful experiences in life is listening to someone give a PowerPoint presentation that they read word for word. The process is even more painful if the bullet points don’t “build” one by one (as they should) and the entire screen of text appears at once. Audiences can typically read faster than …

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Online Versus Traditional Education: Is One Better Than the Other?

For more than 15 years, I have had the pleasure of teaching psychology courses to different types of students all over the world, and I’ve enjoyed embracing the many challenges this has presented me. But about 5 years ago, I faced a new kind of challenge when I started developing online courses. Admittedly, I was …

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