Books

The Online Instructor’s Bookshelf: 10 Books to Help You Better Understand Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age

While it’s tempting say that good teaching is good teaching regardless of the setting, the reality is that there are real differences between what it takes to teach successfully in person versus what it takes to teach successfully online. Even adding in technology or web-enhancement into a course can significantly change how an instructor needs[…]

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

This is the final part in our series on giving online students feedback. This time around, we’ll discuss how you can make time for giving feedback and what you need to do to figure out where you can improve your feedback. Let’s get started! Making Time for Feedback By now, you’re probably thinking, “Well all[…]

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The Beginner’s Guide to Educational Podcasting

First gaining attention back in 2004, by tech world standards podcasts are practically dinosaurs. Yet despite all of the flashy, fun new technology and media that has launched in the intervening decade, podcasts have only grown in popularity, both as a forum for entertainment and a tool for education. Some, like the recent Serial, have[…]

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

This is the second part in a series of articles about giving feedback. The first time we focused on why good feedback is important and what defines good feedback. This time, we’ll focus on what you can do to improve the feedback you give and the elements your feedback should contain. See Part I here.[…]

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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 Tech Tools You Need to Get More Done When Working Remotely

Whether you’re plugging away at work over break, doing some late night grading, or teaching your online course from a distance, it can be hard to stay focused on work the same way you might in your office, whether due to the addition of distractions or the logistics of not always having colleagues and materials[…]

Blog

Blogging for Beginners: Recording a Semester of Teaching Online

In creating a daily digital diary, teachingwritingonline (www.teachingwritingonline.wordpress.com), I documented what it was like to teach a fully online teaching load. I blogged for 116 days during the 16-week Spring 2016 semester, recording the challenges, successes and unpredictable events that occur while teaching in a virtual environment. The blog captures anecdotal evidence regarding a variety[…]

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Tech to Try in the Online Classroom: Evernote

  An Introduction to Evernote Essentially, Evernote is a cloud-stored notebook that can be accessed through a web browser or through an application on a mobile device. Because the information is stored in the cloud, it is synced between all of your devices, making it possible to access whatever you have stored there from virtually[…]