Entries by Center for Academic Innovation

Encouraging student participation in synchronous videoconference sessions

How this will help: Identify ways that you might encourage active participation in web conferencing sessions. Know where to find resources related to creating participatory environments. The basics When groups including classes meet in real-time online via a video conferencing tool, it’s tempting to just use the time for a presentation or a question and […]

Creating authentic assessments

How this will help: Define the term authentic assessment. Describe the value of authentic assessments. Brainstorm ideas for authentic assessments that might work in your online course. The basics Multiple choice questions often can’t tell an instructor everything they want to know about students’ learning. Thinking about what you, as an instructor, want to measure […]

Using collaborative reading tools

How this will help: Introduction to social annotation reading tools. How to use social annotation in an online class. The basics We know students may struggle to engage with assigned readings. To help remedy this, social annotation tools offer collaborative opportunities for reading, highlighting, and discussing texts online. What is social annotation? Social annotation (SA) […]

Alignment of your assessments and learning objectives

How this will help: Define what is meant by alignment when describing course design. Describe how well aligned courses support student learning. Brainstorm possible assessments that align with your learning objectives. The basics When designing about the activities and assessments your students complete, both for practicing new skills and to demonstrate what they’ve learned, make […]

How is online teaching and learning really different?

How will this help: Recognize the key differences between face to face and online teaching. Compare online teaching practices to personal teaching practices. The basics The first step in learning the differences between online and face-to-face teaching is understanding that one is not necessarily ‘better’ than the other. There are numerous aspects of traditional teaching […]