Resources provided for faculty focusing on the following areas: preparing to teach; engaging students in learning; inclusive teaching; assessing and improving teaching; and evidence-based information on best teaching practices and innovative teaching practices.

4 New Zoom Features Educators Can Use to Enhance Virtual Teaching & Learning (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Hey, teachers! Zoom has a bunch of features you can use to better manage the online teaching experience, and we just rolled out four brand-new ones! Here’s how our features will help you teach — and students learn — over Zoom.

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The Real Issue Isn’t Student Engagement (Credit- Dr Barbour)

6 Quick Ways to Be More Inclusive in a Virtual Classroom (Credit- Dr Barbour)

How do you create online or hybrid courses with an ethos of inclusion and equity embedded throughout?

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Teaching: How Professors Can Help Students Get Through the Semester by Beth McMurtrie (Credit- Dr Barbour)

The New Rules of Engagement (Credit- Dr Barbour)

This article from the Chronicle of Higher Education’s teaching advice columnist might be interesting to some faculty who are looking to create community and a greater sense of belonging in their remote instruction.

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Managing the Chat in Online Teaching (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Due to the pandemic, educators have had to make adjustments to their classroom delivery, including utilizing online venues such as Zoom, Google Talk, or CANVAS. While the use of these platforms aid in synchronous learning, they present one issue which differs from the in-person learning environment: the chat feature.

As an online educator, there are many things you have to be mindful of as you conduct your classroom. You wear many hats during an online session: you are the host of the meeting, you are teaching or running the show, and you may elect to use additional technology such as online polling software to encourage student engagement. At this point, you may find yourself overwhelmed. Then, you notice, in the corner of your eye, a flurry of activity in the chat. How do you handle the chat on top of these other responsibilities when the comments and questions are coming in so quickly? This is where strategies of streamers on Twitch, YouTube, and Facebook can be used to your advantage.

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Formative Assessment help instructors identify concepts that students are struggling to understand.

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Online Student Behaviors and Attitudes

Here is a great read for faculty, and for staff involved in admissions, retention, and recruitment. Also, for those involved in instructional design and IT.

It is a comprehensive survey conducted by Wiley, which looks at a variety of topics.

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Strategies and Tips for Successful Online Teaching. (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Online education can take a wide variety of shapes and forms, including technology platforms, media modality, instructional approaches, student arrangement, and temporal arrangements. The challenge is how to craft the experience for your diverse students, thereby engaging them in authentic learning experiences within this often unfamiliar, virtual environment. Author Dr. Linda Dale Bloomberg has 10 tips to help you dig deeper into the use and application of asynchronous and synchronous tools.
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Syncing with Students: Valuable Qualities of Synchronous Online Teaching (Credit- Dr Barbour)

What Students Want (Credit- Dr Barbour)

In recent months there’s been no shortage of surveys in which students describe the challenges they faced during the pivot to remote education in the spring and summer. Many struggled to secure consistent Wi-Fi access and a quiet place to learn. They felt overwhelmed, not just by the pandemic, but in trying to keep track of assignments, deadlines, and communication with their professors. They missed the routines and relationships of campus life. Motivation was a real challenge.

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Examining Students’ Confidence to Learn Online, Self-Regulation Skills and Perceptions of Satisfaction and Usefulness of Online Classes by Brittany Landrum (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Three Characteristics of High-Quality Questions in the Classroom. (Credit- Dr Barbour)

Also from Dr. Rouleau: Questioning is the second-most-used teaching technique (after teacher talk) but not all questions are created equal. In this video, you’ll learn how to ask your students higher quality questions in the classroom that will prompt them to think more deeply about the concepts and content they’re learning.

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Less is More, Be Comfortable and Creative, Be Kind: 3 ACUE Strategies for Successful Transition

ACUE has shared an article with 3 important strategies related to effective teaching during this great worldwide educational experiment.

-Less is More
-Be Comfortable and Creative
-Be Kind

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Playing Music and Videos through Zoom.

Storing Zoom Recordings And Transcription

Some information on Zoom Webinar.

With great teaching, students succeed.

Decades of scholarship have identified practices that help students engage, persist in their studies, and learn more.
ACUE’s Effective Practice Framework is a leading statement of the instructional skills that every college educator should possess.


Five Essential Strategies to Embrace Culturally Responsive Teaching.

Being culturally responsive is a critical and necessary feature of our interactions with one another. It is also vitally important in the context of education. Culturally responsive teaching is an approach that “empowers students intellectually, socially, emotionally, and politically by using cultural referents to impart knowledge, skills, and attitudes” (Ladson-Billings, 2014). The following practices provide five essential strategies for how educators can make their learning environments more culturally responsive.

1. Know your students
2. Be aware of your own personal biases
3. Transform your pedagogy and curriculum
4. Respect and reinforce student culture
5. Involve family and community

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Active learning using "transparent methods" (Source- Mary-Ann Winkelmes, Ph.D., Coordinator of Instructional Development and Research, Office of Faculty, Policy, and Research as part of the Transparency in Learning and Teaching Project.)

Transparent teaching methods help students understand how and why they are learning course content in particular ways.

This list of options is adapted frequently as faculty participants identify further ways to provide explicit information to students about learning and teaching practices.

These methods include:

-Discuss assignments' learning goals and design rationale before students begin each assignment.
-Invite students to participate in class planning, agenda construction.
-Gauge students’ understanding during class via peer work on questions that require students to apply concepts you’ve taught.
-Explicitly connect "how people learn" data with course activities when students struggle at difficult transition points.
-Engage students in applying the grading criteria that you’ll use on their work.
-Debrief graded tests and assignments in class.
-Offer running commentary on class discussions, to indicate what modes of thought or disciplinary methods are in use.

Blended Learning

Blended Learning Toolkit

  • This Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. The website includes: a blog where people share ideas, a detailed section focusing on the process of building a blended course, model courses, a section on effective practices, evaluation resources, and a section on current research.

Effective Class Discussions.

Prepare a structure - Because class discussion can be less controlled, instructors should have clear expectations for themselves and for students about topics to cover. Instructors might develop several key big-picture questions to ask at the beginning of class and have groups answer by the end of class. Part of a solid discussion structure also includes explicit details defining participation and grading.

Regulate the discussion - Instructors should feel free to insert themselves into conversation in order to keep conversation on track. Students especially appreciate this tactic when a few students monopolize conversation. After ensuring that groups are functioning well, instructors can invite especially talkative students to continue conversation after class or in office hours.

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Universal Design for Learning

Universal Design in Higher Education

  • According to the website, "Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all individuals equal opportunities to learn. UDL provides a blueprint for creating instructional goals, methods, materials, and assessments that work for everyone--not a single, one-size-fits-all solution but rather flexible approaches that can be customized and adjusted for individual needs."  For those of you designing new courses or new curricula, or if you are planning on revamping your course when the campus transitions from BlackBoard to Canvas, Universal Design for Learning is a great place to start.

Student Centered Learning

Naïve Task

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education publishes a weekly newsletter focusing on effective teaching in Higher Education, entitled “Welcome to Teaching." Here is an example of one article that may be of interest to you, which focuses on activating students’ curiosity.

Prezi - Carl Rogers: Student-Centered Learning and Learner-Centered

  • Briefly, Rogers believed that the most important aspect of effective teaching was the development of trust between the teacher and the student. Trust could be built when the teacher demonstrated empathy, unconditional positive regard, and genuineness towards her or his students.