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Online Student Success

As a faculty member and an advisor I often get students asking me about whether or not they could be successful in online courses. The answer is usually, “yes,” with several qualifiers such as, “as long as you can effectively manage your time,” or “as long as you can stay motivated to do your best throughout the course.” These are often my thoughts, rather than solid research-based answers. Continue reading


Informal Writing Assignments

In November 2012, Maryellen Weimer of The Teaching Professor at Faculty Focus, discussed Writing Across the Curriculum, and in particular, the benefits of informal writing. In addition to improving writing skills, integrating writing assignments into your curriculum also promotes learning – “it clarifies ideas, generates reasons, and crystallizes arguments”. Continue reading

Dinner Party

Online Discussions = A Dinner Party?

Cheryl Hayek of Faculty Focus tackled a frequently asked online teaching question. Faculty members, new and experienced alike, fret over how often they should post in the discussion forums of online classes. Too little (or not at all) and students feel abandoned, and crave instructor presence. Too much and the discussion is likely to be stale, stilted and uninspired. Continue reading