Category Archives: Getting Started

Simple Thoughts for Simpler Times: ‘Think like a Student’

We all strive to create effective online learning content and experiences for students. Yet, when we are teaching content to students and designing our online course, it’s so easy to overwhelm students with lists and folders of materials, cross-links and … Continue reading

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Tools of the Trade: The INNOVATE Teaching with Technology Website

One of the great benefits of the Internet Age has been the development of digital tools that will aid faculty in their ability to improve their teaching and engage students in learning. During a recent consultation, the faculty member with … Continue reading

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Teaching From the Test: Exam Wrappers

As an educational technologist, I have the opportunity to consult with faculty members who want to know how they can best help students prepare for upcoming examinations. During our discussions, faculty members comment that students focus (obsess) on their test … Continue reading

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Eight Questions About Windows 8

My first experience with the Windows 8 operating system began in December 2012 when I helped friends install their new desktop computer. Windows 8 was installed on the computer and my goal was to set-up Wi-Fi and install their printer. … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on the Course Syllabus

I like to investigate the backstory of things in higher education that are seemingly ubiquitous. Recently, my thoughts turned to the course syllabus which for most students is the initial point of contact between students and their instructors. Parkes and … Continue reading

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Developing A Questioning Strategy

Developing A Questioning Strategy Many of the seminars I attend focus on the strategies instructors can employ to engage students in their own learning and enhance their learning outcomes. The appropriate use of questioning strategies by instructors is a method … Continue reading

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Instructor Presence in an Online Course

Presence is the most important best practice for an online course (Boettcher & Conrad, 2010, p. 53) Research has shown that an important component in students ‘performance in and satisfaction with their online course is the active participation of the … Continue reading

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Introducing Gradient

is a web based writing and peer assessment tool developed by the ITAP Informatics Team at Purdue University. It allows students the opportunity to practice reading and writing skills using course-specific scholarly material.  Students are first asked to respond to … Continue reading

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