Category: Instructional Design Considerations

Best practices in course design and tactical use of technology in teaching and learning.

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Using Empathy Games in the Social Sciences

Our own Abi Johnson has written about the value of ’empathy games’ in teaching and learning: The use of both virtual and physical games in the classroom is well-documented; there are books, essays, and entire conferences on the topic. The theory seems sound: games are made up of rules, a goal, a feedback system, and voluntary participation.1 A classroom, arguably,… Read more →

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Branching Structure in Learning Design

A branching structure in the teaching and learning process is helpful because it gives students more control over the learning process and the freedom to choose the sequence of their learning. Adult learners like to learn skills that they can see will directly help them on the job. Branching engages students because it allows them to learn the skills they… Read more →

Online Learning Services’ Fall Workshop Schedule

Professional Learning Community Evolving: For the past two summers, Online Learning Services hosted a series of gatherings to explore and discuss issues and opportunities around online teaching and learning. One takeaway, among many, was that faculty who seek to improve their online or hybrid pedagogy, and to better understand the motivations of students who seek online classes, want more frequent… Read more →

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Beginning-of-Semester Checklist: Canvas Edition!

Hello and welcome to a new semester, everyone! We’re glad to see you back. 1. Things to Remember You can still merge your courses in Canvas like you did in Blackboard – for more information on that, check out our guide! You have access to 24/7/365 technical Canvas support through the Help menu in Canvas. For instructional design support, reach… Read more →

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OLS Does NERCOMP 2019

This March, Abi and Tom of OLS had the opportunity to attend the Northeast Regional Computing Conference (NERCOMP) in Providence, RI. We presented a “sort-of” literature review on using video to reach all types of students. Here’s an abridged version of our talk. Encountering specific challenges with teaching online? Apply UDL to your video content! We know that there are… Read more →

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Canvas Tips & Tricks: Volume 1!

We here in Online Learning Services get asked, from time to time, for some Canvas “tips and tricks,” or, in simpler terms, how to use Canvas more effectively. Here’s a roundup of some of these ideas! This will likely be the first in a series. Attendance tool (Roll Call) Roll Call/Attendance Points Did you know you can change the amount… Read more →

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Canvas Descriptive Links and You!

If you’ve been following my accessibility series, you know that descriptive links are a good way to make content accessible to students using screen readers or other assistive technology, and they make content look snazzier and cleaner to boot. Canvas opens the world of descriptive links up to more than just external website URLs, though: the system lets you create… Read more →

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Motivations for Learning & Teaching Online

Post by: David Rice, Associate Professor of English and participant in the Learning Community on Online Teaching & Learning When the topic of online teaching comes up among faculty, inevitably some colleagues question the wisdom of delivering their content online. Though many teachers find the idea of online teaching intriguing or even inspiring, the question “why teach online” is a… Read more →