Helping Your Students

ENGAGE

Questions about student engagement are common across institutions and higher education. Educational researchers, cognitive scientists, and psychologists continue to learn new things about cognition, learning, and motivation, and some of those best resources and strategies can be found here.

Canvas Course Analytics and Quiz Statistics

Canvas offers instructors some incredibly powerful tools to view course analytics, individual student analytics and quiz statistics. The wealth of information provides instructors with a comprehensive view of student engagement as well as insight into areas for...

Rubrics in Canvas

Rubrics can be used to grade assignments, discussions and quizzes in a course.  Rubrics can be used to as an efficient way to evaluate assignments, quizzes and discussions with more effective and valuable individual feedback and expectation for students.    Why...

Discussions in Canvas

The Canvas’ Discussions Feature - How does it Fare?  Of all Blackboard tools, the Blackboard Discussion Board may be the most utilized by instructors and students. Many faculty rely on the discussion board as a central aspect of their teaching and learning...

Lessons Learned: Back to School in the Time of COVID-19

Author - Lisa Bloom is the Jay M. Robinson Distinguished Professor at Western Carolina University where she has been a member of the faculty since 1989. Her current research interests include using technology to personalize learning environments and to promote...

Faculty Can Register for Video-Conference Mid-Semester Course Analysis

Faculty may now schedule Coulter Faculty Commons staff for a mid-semester course analysis for a fall course. The Quick Course Diagnosis (QCD) takes about 20 minutes and helps faculty better understand challenges their students are facing with content, pacing,...

Strategies and Tools for Fall Class Planning

The Coulter Faculty Commons often entertains questions throughout the summer about ideas for fall teaching. Here, we share some of those commonly asked questions and our responses. Q. Can a shift in the syllabus verbiage encourage a better learning environment? A. Ken...

COVID-related Modifications to Honors Contracts now in progress and a Reminder about End of Semester Honors Attribution

From the Honors College Students with Honors Contracts in progress this semester may need to make changes to those plans when warranted by the transition to online classes and/or social distancing or travel restrictions and/or a change to S/U grading option.  The...

OLC Webinar – Keeping Student Engaged in a Transition to Online Learning

The Online Learning Consortium is offering a webinar on Friday that may be helpful.  Click on the date to register. Webinar: Keeping Students Engaged in a Transition to Online Learning March 20 | 1:00pm ET As educators across the country and at all levels rush to...

Communicating and Engaging With Your Students

We encourage maximizing asynchronous communication for almost everything.  There are many great ways to use Zoom or other sychronous tools for limited real-time communication.  Here are some standard best practices (tried and true from more than 20 years of online...

The PLEA for using just-in-time over in-real-time teaching modes!

It is easy to just assume that you will be able to have live class sessions online using Zoom at the same time and day they have been scheduled, but that will not produce a good learning experience for the students, nor will it be pleasant for you as the instructor. ...
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Collaborative Learning

Collaborative learning involves students working in groups or pairs to discuss concepts and topics or solutions to problems. Through collaborative learning students are more engaged and develop higher-level thinking with an increased understanding of diverse perspectives.

Groups in Canvas

Faculty will be pleased to know that Canvas has a Groups function, just as Blackboard did, and is more functional and flexible.  Faculty can create a variety of groups (e.g. a working group, study...

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Active Learning

Active learning provides students with effective methods for learning by practicing, reinforcing, explaining and solving important concepts, complex questions and skills with intentional alignment to learning activities and learning outcomes for a course.

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Motivating Honors Students

Guest Blogger ~ Dr. April Talent       Whether you're teaching an Honors Section of a course, working with an Honors Student one-on-one through an Honors Contract, or just thinking...

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Problem Based Learning

(PBL) is a student-centered approach where students learn by working in groups to solve complex problems. This learning concept encourages critical thinking skills, analysis, problem-solving, self-awareness and evaluation often through real world examples for increased motivation, understanding and engagement.

Groups in Canvas

Faculty will be pleased to know that Canvas has a Groups function, just as Blackboard did, and is more functional and flexible.  Faculty can create a variety of groups (e.g. a working group, study...

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Flipping the Classroom

Using a blended learning model where the traditional ideas about “in-class” activities and homework are reversed or flipped can be a creative way to effectively increase engagement. This method offers students exposure to new concepts and topics prior to class so that typical class time dominated by lectures of material can be used to enhance student understanding through effective active learning activities.

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Getting Started with Panopto

Creating flipped videos (videos intended to be viewed by students outside of class) can be a great way to provide learning resources for students and free up face-to-face time for discussion and...

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Student discussion

Dynamic Discussions

Using discussions offers students the opportunity to communicate their knowledge and ideas on a topic while also hearing other perspectives and viewpoints as they relate to the same topic. Students develop greater awareness and enhance their position on a topic while learning to evaluate their views and the perspective of others.

Discussions in Canvas

The Canvas’ Discussions Feature - How does it Fare?  Of all Blackboard tools, the Blackboard Discussion Board may be the most utilized by instructors and students. Many faculty rely on the...

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Designing Effective Discussion Questions

ASKING GOOD QUESTIONS OVERVIEW A good question is both answerable and challenging. It will inspire analysis, synthesis, interpretation, and critical thinking. Below are several types of questions...

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How to Lead a Discussion

BE PREPARED • Carefully consider your objectives for a discussion. Do you want students to apply newly learned skills, mull over new subject matter, learn to analyze arguments critically, practice...

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Feedback

Increasing student engagement with effective feedback by providing useful guidance and instruction to your students is a key component to their own improvement. Timelyness and frequency plays an important role in effective instructor “pressence” while balancing thoughtful support and motivational challenges.

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Rubrics in Canvas

Rubrics can be used to grade assignments, discussions and quizzes in a course.  Rubrics can be used to as an efficient way to evaluate assignments, quizzes and discussions with more effective and...

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Teaching with Technology

Effective use of technology can improve teaching and learning by creating more accessible and inclusive experiences for your students. Rather than using technology for the sake of using the next best tech tool we encourage the intentional use of technology. With a deeper understanding of how to use technology for enhancement of course material, assessment and analysis becomes more streamlined for instructors while providing multiple avenues of engagement for students based on their learning styles.

Canvas’ Gradebook and SpeedGrader

What’s Different about the Canvas Gradebook?  The Gradebook in Canvas and the Grade Center in Blackboard are similar in many respects. The Grades link is how you and your students access the course...

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Canvas’ Rich Content Editor

Understanding the powers of the RCE in Canvas will enable you to craft information to your students in not only a visually compelling way but also encourage engagement with your content while...

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