Two Evidence-Based Tips for Successful Online Teaching

As many of you are now planning to teach your fall courses online, here are two evidence-based tips to consider that are grounded in what we know from neurobiology about how the brain learns best.

  1. Keep ‘em short by chunking. From neurobiology and cognitive psychology, we know that short...
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Do you know the difference between assessment and evaluation?

We constantly hear about the importance of assessment and evaluation. These are ways in which we can determine whether our students have learned what we needed them to learn. Many times, these terms are used interchangeably. But the reality is there is actually a difference.

Assessment refers to...

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COVID 19: These Are Teachable Moments

Even with over 30 years of teaching experience, I sit here wondering how all of this will turn out. I reflect on the challenges being faced for teachers and learners all over the globe, and the impact this will truly have. But, I am also trying to stay present in the here and now. 

As...

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Online Teaching: 5 ways to stay connected to your students.

As we all adjust to life in the shadow of COVID-19, the lack of direct human connection with others outside of our home is undeniable. Thank goodness for Zoom, Skype, Facebook, WebEx, and all the other programs that allow us to interact with each other.

In this digital age of text messaging,...

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Is Zooming Zapping Your Energy?

Recently there has been a flurry of articles discussing this issue of “Zoom fatigue” and why this might be occurring. No doubt, we are even more connected to our computers and devices than ever before. I suspect, like me, there are days that you are just “zooming” all day...

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Student Barriers to Online Learning

Did you know that the single most influential factor in student learning and success is the teacher? This is true for in-person and online courses (Kennette and Redd, 2015; Kim and Thayne, 2015). And did you know that two significant challenge of online education are a real or perceived...

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2 Tips for Creating Videos to Deliver Course Content

I suspect many of you are shifting to using videos to deliver your course content online. Videos are a great way to bridge the gap initially when transitioning from an in-person lecture-based format to online. Remember, the goal of this immediate situation is to help the students successfully...

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5th Edition of the ARC-PA Standards

The process of ensuring that your program is aligned and compliant with the new edition of the ARC Standards should be happening sooner than later, even if you are not scheduled for a site visit until years from now.  

I have completed an in-depth review of the B Standards section to...

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5 Benefits of Using Rubrics

I would venture to guess that most of us are very familiar if not most comfortable with, single answer multiple-choice type exams to evaluate student knowledge. However, when it comes to assessing performance, either on a skills type exam such as a simulated patient encounter or venipuncture, or...

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Do I have to teach and test every instructional objective?

There are two common questions I get related to course instructional objectives. First, do I have to teach or cover every objective in class, and second, do I need to have a test question for every objective? 

The operative word in both of these questions is every. The first question of...

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