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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 New Pedagogy: 6 Web Design Principles You Need to Know to Improve Your Online Course Outcomes

The word design comes from the Latin de signare, meaning to mark or sign, to give something significance and thereby designate its relation to other things. Design, by very definition, is a way of making sense of the world by giving order to things and making them “understandable and meaningful” to the viewer or user.[…]

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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[…]