Changes Coming for the Summer

This is the last regular post of the 2017-2018 academic year! To keep you inspired over the summer, I offer this link to information about 8 storytelling techniques you can use to create more engaging talks and presentations.  Whether you offer information to students in person, online, on video, in infographics, or in other ways, these […]

“So, What About Powerpoint?” and Other FAQs about Online Teaching

As we look to moving our teaching–entire courses or just short units–into the online environment, I believe it is best not to reinvent the wheel. As teachers, we can learn from other teachers, from their successes and failures, from their favorite tools, from their discoveries.     I recently found a wonderful resource in the […]

Want to Insert Your Own Content on Any Web Page?

Ever wish you could insert your own instructional content onto web pages to help guide students through the material? Ever wish you could make your own Google Docs more engaging through multimedia? Check out the Chrome extension “InsertLearning,” which you can learn about here.  The creators also have a robust YouTube channel with tutorials and […]

More on Universal Design for Learning. And An Example

In my last post, I shared a short podcast introducing the concept of Universal Design for Learning and how it can shape our pedagogy, both on the ground and in the online learning environment.   Curious to learn more, I dug around a bit and found this wonderful tutorial from the IRIS Center of Peabody College […]

Making A Google Slides Presentation Work More Like a Website

As a follow-up to my last post about creating interactive images using Google Drawings, I thought I’d share this video about doing something similar with Google Slides. Again, my source is Richard Byrne and his wonderful blog Free Technology for Teachers. When creating such interactivity with Google Slides, you can design a first slide that […]

Online Students: How Some Anonymity Can Help Diversity

One of the great possible advantages of online learning is anonymity. What?  Anonymity?  That seems like a bad thing in education.  Especially for those of us dedicated to the liberal arts.  I want to know my students.  Students choose liberal arts educations, in part, to get to know their professors and their classmates more than […]

Online Teaching and Learning A Boon For Updating Skills

Online courses appeal particularly to those in professions where skills need to be updated frequently. And while that may seem a premature consideration for our undergraduates, who have yet to enter their professions, I would argue that we can actually do a lot to help prepare them to succeed by giving them robust online learning […]