What is different about a syllabus for an online course?

There are more similarities than differences in a syllabus for an online versus an in-person course. However, some concepts are essential when creating an effective online course syllabus. Although both syllabi contain all of the same sections and components, an online syllabus must account for...

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Two concepts every educator should know about how the brain learns

I have long been fascinated by the role of the teacher. Perhaps, this is because my teachers were so influential in my life, starting with my fourth-grade teacher and continuing through high school. During my undergraduate educational training to become a teacher, what we knew about how learning...

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Learning and teaching satisfaction since moving online due to COVID

Just recently, I came across an article presenting the results of a survey about learning and teaching satisfaction since moving on-campus education online.  The survey included responses from over 4200 students and about 500 faculty in higher education. Due to the sudden shift to online...

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Extra Credit – Should We Offer It?

In the November 1st edition of The PA Educator, the topic of extra credit was presented. According to the literature, the use of extra credit in higher education appears to be more in favor these days than previously (Izienicki & Setchfield, 2019; Norcross et al., 1989; Norcross et al., 1993;...

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Are We Grading Fairly?

As someone who spends a lot of time ensuring that curriculum, teaching, and assessment are aligned so we can confidently conclude and provide evidence that our students learned what they needed to know, a question posed by a colleague gave me pause. Though his question focused more on the...

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Success versus failure and the “not yet” principle

The other day I came across two interesting videos, one by Dr. Michelle Thaller, a NASA astrophysicist, and the other by Dr. Carol Dweck, a psychologist best known for her groundbreaking work in motivation, specifically, the growth mindset. For some reason, I listened to them one after the other,...

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5 Self-Care Strategies for PA Educators

The concept of self-care has gotten a lot of attention lately, given the new requirement added to the ARC accreditation standards. Although the standard speaks to teaching it to our students, I believe it is also a call for us to revisit it for ourselves. As clinicians, how many times did we...

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Successful online teaching secrets

In a previous article, I wrote about the importance of considering synchronous and asynchronous approaches to teaching this fall (see link below).  Like any other method of teaching – no one method is best. The role of the teacher is to know which method or approach is best given the...

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Did you know that learning styles are considered a neuromyth?

What? Really?  I suspect a good many of you have heard about learning styles. Probably from your days as a student. I even bet some of you know what your "learning style" is. Visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. I am totally there with you. Many years ago, during my undergraduate...

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Online Teaching: When do I teach live versus letting students learn individually?

With many courses continuing to be taught online, a key question to consider as you are planning is whether to deliver content via live streaming such as Zoom or to let the students work on the content material individually. I am sure many of you have learned some of the online educational...

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