Motivating Presence

I recently came across the concept of “motivating presence.”  I was captivated by it because, with almost 35 years of teaching experience, I have found a term that truly reflects the nature of the impact we have as teachers. One of the most common themes I have heard from faculty...

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Adequate access to learning

In a recent encounter with a faculty member, a student sent an e-mail explaining that she was having difficulty running all the programs at once on her computer during synchronous learning events. She was proactively notifying us that from time to time, her camera would turn off when she had too...

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Notetaking: Handwriting versus Typing – Is one better than the other?

When laptop computers entered the classrooms, the art and skills of taking notes slowly disappeared, and the concept of using paper and a writing utensil became almost obsolete. Having started my teaching career before the invention of desktop computers, I have been and remain a strong advocate...

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Revisiting evidence-based online teaching tips

Here we are, one year into the pandemic, and most of us are still teaching our courses online. Although there may be some light at the end of the tunnel in terms of some campuses permitted limited on-campus time, lecture-heavy courses are tending to remain online. With that being said, teachers...

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Ways to Reduce Cheating on Online Exams

All of us have had to figure out testing options since moving our courses online. I maintain that academic integrity is also part of our responsibility, in addition to the students. We are accountable for creating a testing environment that mitigates opportunities for cheating and ensures exam...

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What Your Students Want You to Know

We all know it has been challenging for both teachers and students to navigate this pandemic. With faculty teaching and students learning from home, focus, motivation, access, quiet space, and Zoom fatigue affect us all. Teaching or learning online has its own unique dynamics that many of us are...

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3 Attributes of a Great Teacher

What makes a great teacher has been extensively studied in the educational literature and understandably so. I believe all of us strive to be the best we can be. I think most of us have had some thoughts about what it means to be a great teacher.  And while we are all unique in what we bring...

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Evidence-Based Teaching Strategy: Brain Breaks!

“Brain breaks” are exactly that – giving the working brain a break. By doing so, learning and retention can be enhanced (Willis, 2006; Young 2020). Although the idea of taking a break, for example, when studying, isn’t new, the intentional use of planning breaks in your...

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10 ways to improve breakout room experiences

I am sure by now, many of you have explored and used breakout rooms in some capacity to simulate an in-class, in-person dynamic lost to us as a result of COVID. The breakout room is how we do small group work in an online course. If you have been struggling with it or not sure if it is useful,...

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3 Classroom Assessment Techniques You Can Use Online

After teaching a class, have you ever wondered whether your students grasped the concepts you taught? Have you wondered what their knowledge base is before you begin a discussion on a particular topic? Are you curious about what items they may be confused about after the class or lesson?

Using...

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