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Tips for Navigating Online Collaboration in Google Doc

Think about the interface. The specific word processing software we use — the pen, paper, or keyboard — changes the nature of our writing. We write differently depending on our instrument, … Continue reading

June 27, 2013 · 1 Comment

Updated ID Resource Site

I have not been posting much on this blog recently because posting time has been used to upgrade my Instructional Design website and revamp the content. The site contains a … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Getting Students Involved

Students stay interested and learn more from the class when instructors use many different techniques to involve them in the learning process. These range all the way from very short … Continue reading

June 8, 2013 · Leave a comment

Tips for Increasing Student-Faculty Interaction Outside of Class

Student-faculty interaction outside of class can take many forms: office hours either in-person or on-line, e-mail exchanges, serving as an adviser for a club, volunteer opportunities, and small group gatherings … Continue reading

March 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Converting Documents to an LMS Ready Format

Where possible, convert textual information to HTML files for posting to the LMS (Learning Management System). This will reduce the number of plugins, software packages and hyperlinks that will have … Continue reading

March 27, 2008 · Leave a comment

Teaching for Learning

Almost all instructors will need to lecture some of the time. An effective lecture can stimulate and involve students. A boring lecture becomes another requirement to be suffered through. Lectures … Continue reading

March 21, 2008 · Leave a comment

Rewarding Student Participation and Providing Feedback

In responding to student questions there are a number of guidelines which can positively reinforce good student responses and facilitate further discussion. Praise the student in a strong positive way … Continue reading

January 20, 2008 · Leave a comment

Organizing a Class Session & Helping Students See Connections

Organizing a class requires two skills: 1) the ability to organize a class through the syllabus and the sequencing of material and 2) the ability to help students see connections … Continue reading

January 12, 2008 · Leave a comment

Creating a Positive Classroom Climate

What an instructor does in the first few class sessions sets the tone for the rest of the semester. We know from research on teaching that classrooms in which students … Continue reading

December 22, 2007 · Leave a comment

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