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Not Just a Distraction: How Mobile Phones Can Help Your Students Learn

Are your students more interested in checking Facebook or playing Candy Crush than the material you’re covering? While mobile devices have long been verboten in the college classroom, if students are prioritizing time killers over learning, the problem may not really be the phone. After all, if students aren’t interested, they don’t need a phone[…]

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The New Online Instructor’s Guide to Feedback Fundamentals: Part I

Giving feedback to your online students provides them with insights into how they are progressing in your course, but ensuring you’re delivering it in a way that’s constructive rather than purely critical is a delicate balance and one that can take years of practice to get just right. Yet it’s precisely because it’s so difficult[…]

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The Productive Professor: The Efficiency Hacks You Need for Grading

  Grading papers can be one of the most gratifying experiences of teaching, especially when students really hit it out of the park and write thoughtful, well-reasoned papers. But grading is also incredibly time consuming and the bulk of the paper grading work tends to come at the time of the semester (the end) when[…]

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How to Create Videos Students Will Actually Watch

Many, if not most, of today’s online students are active and enthusiastic consumers of a wide range of video-based media, from watching short clips on YouTube and Vimeo to streaming entire movies and TV shows on Netflix. This interest opens up a range of opportunities for you to both connect with students and to produce[…]