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Active Learning Online: Leveraging Zoom Breakout Rooms for Peer Instruction

Think-Pair-Share is an active learning strategy providing students time and structure for thinking about a particular topic.

Welcome online students to your class to kickstart learning partnerships

One of the best practices Nodarse uses to prepare his online classroom for students is a welcome video/course tour. His video kick-starts a great learning partnership between himself as an online teacher and his online students.

Humanize late policies for better learning

You are on a flight back from a conference where you presented your latest work. Your partner calls and tells you that a pipe burst in the basement. They are trying to save what they can, but need your help as soon as you arrive. Unfortunately, you have a report due to your department chair the next morning. You diligently blocked out time to complete it after returning home. As your flight prepares for departure, you grip your phone and send a last-minute email asking for an extension. Upon landing, you check your email.

Use repeated practice to help students master the basics

Featured Instructor: Rebecca Roston

As teachers, we work to equip our students to move from lower-order thinking (e.g. remember, recall, or describe) to higher-order thinking (e.g. create, design, or evaluate). Mastery quizzes are designed to help students gain competency in foundational lower-order skills before attempting higher-order thinking.

Small things, big impacts

Featured instructor: Roland Vegso

During the pivot to online education in Spring 2020, Professor Roland Vegso converted his Literary and Critical Theory course from face-to-face to an online course. He prioritized small organizational features that ended up making a big difference for his students. The following video tour of his course addresses five core ideas: removing barriers to student learning, establishing instructor presence, supporting community, and using technology intentionally and effectively.

Strengthening human connection to improve online learning

A recent study looking into the impact of online course organization, learning objectives, effective technology, and interpersonal interactions found that only the quality of interpersonal interactions was predictive of student grades (Jaggars & Xu, 2016). In other words, how well the instructor was able to communicate their care and support of their learners impacted their students’ performance in their course.

Active Learning Online: Peer Instruction using Group Exams

Use peer instruction to squeeze extra learning out of your exam by making students take it twice. Once on their own (90%), then again with a team (10%).

Active Learning Online: Effective online communication - Muddiest Point

Use the "muddiest point" technique to gain insight to your students' learning and provide targeted instruction.

Maintaining Student Motivation and Interest in Online and Hybrid Courses

Conducted on July 22, this webinar taught strategies for assessing student interest and helping students stay motivated online. This webinar also went over strategies within Canvas to notice and respond when students begin to lose engagement.

Having a great first week online

Conducted July 23, this workshop, aimed at faculty teaching face-to-face/hybrid courses, focused on making the best use of this time to prepare students to succeed in your fall course.

Using Zoom to Facilitate a Hybrid Course

Conducted on July 21, this workshop gave detailed instructions on the different settings and functions available in Zoom. The first hour covered Zoom basics, and the second hour covered more advanced features, including breakout rooms, Canvas integration, and more.

Essentials for Getting Started

In this workshop conducted on July 14, instructors were provided with strategies that have a significant impact on online learning, especially for the first week of classes. Strategies included ways to remove barriers to learning, incorporate essential Canvas features, begin building the course community, and facilitate student interactions.