Educating Literacy Teachers Online

Dr. Lane Clarke co-authors book on educating literacy teachers online

Dr. Lane Clarke, of the Education Department at UNE, recently co-authored a book on educating Literacy teachers in an online format.  Tailored to online educators and literacy teachers This book is a comprehensive guide for literacy teacher educators and professional development trainers who teach and work in online settings. The authors provide tools, techniques, and…

Tips for Gamifying Your Course

Looking to heighten student interest and understanding? Then consider gamification. What’s gamification? Gamification entails using game design elements, game thinking, and game mechanics in non-game contexts to make learning more engaging. Gamification boasts many benefits (1) . It not only fosters student engagement, but also increases retention. It engages people’s natural desire to explore and make…

Transformative Leadership

Transformative Leaders and Learners in Ed.D.

Colleagues, Our community of practice, Ed.D., is designed to engage individuals who are active leaders in their organizations, who seek to create equity and opportunity for peers, clients, and community members, and who apply theory to practice every day. That is, transformative leaders and learners. May you also have balance in all things. The latter is…

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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…

HIMSS 2016 exhibit and conference

UNE Online exhibits at Health Informatics conference

Health Informatics is a field experiencing explosive growth, and UNE Online is right there on the leading edge of this innovative field. As an exhibitor at the 2016 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition this year, we’ll have a booth in University Row. As a perk of the program, we have provided for free admission for…

Discussion Board Best Practices – A Webinar with Susan Hyde

Happy to say our webinar on Discussion Board Best Practices went swimmingly, thanks in almost every respect to our one and only Susan Hyde. Her presentation is recorded below, and you can follow along with this direct link to her slideshow should you wish. Resources from the Slideshow (2016). Best Practices for Managing Online Discussions. Teaching Online. The University of Rhode…

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Tuesday Links – February 23, 2016

Every other Tuesday, Vision publishes links to the articles that we instructional designers have read and found interesting during the previous two weeks. The opinions expressed in these articles don’t always reflect our own. Rather, we share them because we think they compel conversation, which we’re happy to have with our readers in the comments field below.  Dear Blackboard, I…

Public Domain Logo

Resources for Finding Public Domain Images

We at CGPS are constantly working with visuals to make our online courses more engaging. Often, this means searching the Internet for images with suitable licensing for reuse, or most often for images that are in the public domain. UNE isn’t an ad-agency; it is a school. And while it is important that we maintain…

Bill Cowen, Ed.D.

William Cowen presents dissertation – first member of first cohort of Ed.D. program

When William Cowen presented his dissertation recently, he became the first member of the first cohort of the Education Doctoral program at UNE Online. The title of his study is “An exploration of intrapersonal communication as a self-leadership strategy in social entrepreneurs.” In his professional life, William Cowen is an instructor at Villanova University in the Department of Communication…

Engagement and Interactivity in Online Lectures: Exploring TED-Ed

In the best circumstances, a lecture attended in person is an exercise in engagement and interactivity as well as instruction. Understandably, this too is what we strive for in online education, but we are presented with additional hurdles. The instruction being given is prerecorded, has already happened, and cannot be influenced in real time by…