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A Case for Case Studies

The surest way to effective education process is active learning. Case studies are one of the pathways to active learning which allows students application and transfer of their newly acquired knowledge and skills, in that sort of complex, real world-like, immersive format. There is a lot to figure out in a good case study! The…

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Connecting People in Online Classrooms

We all dream of some sort of seamless integration of a myriad of tools (or a myriad of features) that allow us to connect and perform certain tasks. Text, voice, video, real-time and recorded, presentation mode, all-platform, aesthetically pleasing, easy to set up and use, free of course, and with on-demand tech support are primarily…

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Webinar: Writing Effective Learning Outcomes

As the first installation of an effective course design series of webinars, here is our presentation on writing effective learning outcomes. Sue Farris, our Assessment Specialist, and Olga LaPlante, the ID for MSW-O, led this webinar. Writing Effective Learning Outcomes We invite you to take this quiz (anonymous, but graded, and with feedback) – you can take it before and after you review…

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Group Projects: Insights with Mentor Commons

Group projects – online especially – have been an interest of mine for a long time. In a way, group projects are spaces for students to learn from each other, collaborate, and form relationships. If you have never heard about Sugata Mitra and his Hole-in-the-Wall project – old news, I know! – he takes it even further saying that kids can…

Mini-Grants from Center for the Enrichment of Teaching and Learning

The Center for the Enrichment of Teaching and Learning (CETL), in collaboration with the Office of Research and Scholarship, is pleased to announce the open application period for the 2016-17 Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) mini-grants.  Please note that although last academic year a review occurred each semester, we have moved to an annual application process.…

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It’s easy to find articles with Summon

In your courses, you are often required to locate an assigned reading using the UNE Library website . For advanced searches, it’s recommend that you use the Full Text Journals page. However, this tool, Summon, which is embedded right on the main Library page has saved me a ton of time! Not only does it make it easy…

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Why do it: Essential Questions for Learning

We have been talking on and off about essential questions with Chris. Just the other day, because I am facilitating an online course about online course development (yup, I am!), a participant in the course submitted a syllabus with an essential question in it, and this was such a joyous moment that I had to…

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Assessment: You have options beyond multiple choice and lit review

In backward design, you start any course or lesson with the goal in mind (=the outcome, hence “backward”), and then design an assessment (or a series of assessments) to allow students to demonstrate that they have mastered a certain concept or a skill – as determined by the outcome (or competency). Then, you scaffold the assignments…