Category: Student Behavior

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

Friday, March 6th, 2015


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 multiple links, and giving them everything we ever wanted to them to know about our […]

Feedback: “Nice job. I enjoyed reading this. A-“

Friday, June 20th, 2014


I took a cohort program for my master’s and had the same instructor for 4 or 5 courses. Each assignment was an essay. On every essay I got exactly the same feedback – absolutely no comments on grammar or specific ideas, but rather the generic “Nice job. I enjoyed reading this. A-.“ To this day, […]

Never Overlook the Value of Communication When Teaching Online

Thursday, January 30th, 2014


I’ve been teaching online at an institution other than Purdue for about 7 years now.  During the Fall 2013 semester, a student commented to me that they really appreciated the amount of communication I had with them during the semester.  Another student mentioned that I was much more engaged compared to his previous online course […]

What is Blackboard Learn’s Retention Center?

Friday, October 4th, 2013


Envision this. You are an instructor who wants real-time tracking in the course management system you’re already established in. You enjoy simplicity in picking your criteria for monitoring student performance and fancy something that provides an easy mechanism for informing students who are falling short of the course’s expectations. Retention Center can be that tool […]

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