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Wired for Presence: What’s in a Name?

Wired for Presence: What’s in a Name?

Welcome to my first installment of a monthly series, Wired for Presence.  High-touch humanized and connected course facilitation is essential in supporting positive student outcomes (course completion, grades, and student satisfaction) for historically underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged students (Kaup, 2012; Jaggars & Xu, 2016).  However, balancing strong presence with a manageable instructor workload is of […]

Bring on the Dragons!

Bring on the Dragons!

HAIL Yes! Last week I had the unique opportunity to be a ‘fly’ on the wall at a gathering of some of the most forward thinking ‘rebels’ I have had the pleasure of meeting.  Participating in the event as an ‘outsider’ was akin to waiting on the other side of the velvet ropes at an […]

Pathways to Learning

Pathways to Learning

I have been immersed in online course development for almost a year.  My primary role is that of an Instructional Designer for the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership or CODEL, a fully online Ed.D. program facilitated by both Fresno State and CSUCI.  I work closely with each faculty member in the planning, design, creation, […]

EdPuzzle:  Make Any Video a Lesson

EdPuzzle: Make Any Video a Lesson

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the net worth of a video? With free video resources such as Youtube and the ease with which instructors can curate and create their own, augmenting  traditional print materials with video content in online, blended, and face-to-face classes is common practice. Videos have the capacity […]

Ready?  Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

Ready? Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

New Google Sites enables the designer to make an aesthetically pleasing, informative, and custom website with ease. Why e-Portfolios? Employers want evidence of digital competency.  Providing a platform for students to create e-portfolios allows them to graduate with evidence of digital literacy and a professional website that can be linked to professional networks such as […]

Using Google Docs

Using Google Docs

Last week we explored the use of Google Apps for Education, specifically Google Docs, as a launchpad for critical thinking. Faculty from Mathematics, Nursing, and the School of Education attended. While our instructional disciplines are unique, the need to create learning experiences fostering critical thinking are one and the same. Google Docs allows students to engage […]

Ready?  Set?  GOogle!  Launchpads to Learning

Ready? Set? GOogle! Launchpads to Learning

In October, I shared ways to use Google Slides to support UDL and critical thinking.  Since then, Google Slides has become an essential instructional tool in my class sessions for disseminating content and facilitating student collaboration in physical and digital classrooms.   More than a presentation tool, Google Slides is a launchpad to learning, providing […]

Ready, Set, GOogle!  Design with Engagement in Mind:  Curate Critical Thinking With Google Slides (2 of 2 Posts)

Ready, Set, GOogle! Design with Engagement in Mind: Curate Critical Thinking With Google Slides (2 of 2 Posts)

Installment 2: Welcome back!  Yesterday, I compared two uses of Google Slides in support of UDL and the impact on Student Engagement and Critical Thinking.  Now consider engaging students through  the curation of a Collaborative Question and Answer slide presentation. Google Slide Use #2: Online Presentation with Student Contributions UDL Principles:  Multiple Means of Representation, […]

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