Trade Secret #4: Be a hoarder

This took me a shockingly long time to figure out. I am embarrassed to say that it wasn’t until 2012 that I began to personally archive all of my postings in the group discussion forums, and I now use these as a base from which to continuously adapt and reframe year over year. Although I…

Trade Secret #1: Put out the welcome mat and over-communicate

The most important things that students want to know are: “What is expected of me?” “How do I access the course?”, “Where can I get help if I need it?” and “How can I be successful?” I make a point of addressing these questions by mobilizing multiple communication channels. People access and attend to information…

Google Slides: Your Answer to Collaborative Synchronous Work

With Google Slides you can create template slide decks that encourage collaboration. By creating templates, students can follow along – you provide the backbone to support students in creating, researching, and presenting. Working together on slides is an interactive synchronous classroom activity that can be done over and over again to build skills and learn…

Breaking Down Barriers to Marketing Concepts

To help international learners more easily understand marketing concepts, I ask each to choose a brand at the beginning of the term and to become the class expert on their brand.

Marketing Your Lesson Plans

How can you stimulate curiosity and increase student engagement online? Market your upcoming lessons and spark tenacity in your student’s desire to become active partners in their learning!

Engage with Flipgrid!

A simple strategy to promote student engagement and community building. The strategy is about using a video platform that provides equal opportunities to all students.

The Breakfast Club

Amy Pelvin describes feeling disconnected from the day to day interactions with students, particularly in full or partial asynchronous courses. She decided to start The Breakfast Club. This runs during asynchronous classes and is an opportunity to connect with students and build relationships.

Deployment of Intelligent Agents

Explore the ways in which Intelligent Agents in the Brightspace LMS (eCentennial) can send automatic communications to students based on their progress in your course!

Anonymous Start, Stop, and Keep

Get immediate feedback from your students on your classes and lessons. Anonymous Start, Stop and Keep is an asynchronous activity that encourages students to contribute their feedback in a consistent, safe and meaningful way!

7th Inning Stretch to Reduce Online Fatigue

As we use online conference tools such as Zoom to conduct our teaching, we have all experienced online fatigue when we spend too much time sitting and staring at our screen. I have applied a “7th inning stretch” technique to reduce online fatigue.