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The Curious Case of Soaring Textbook Costs

The Curious Case of Soaring Textbook Costs

My grandpa always used to say: “Education is free for anyone who remains curious enough in life.” That might be true. Yet with today’s soaring textbook costs, higher education is anything but free for the average college student. There are hundreds of articles that detail how textbook prices have risen 3x and 4x the rate […]

Postpone Grading: Read This Blog Instead

Postpone Grading: Read This Blog Instead

It’s that time again—the papers are queuing up. Also, not coincidentally, the time when your closets are miraculously organized, lasagnas appear in the fridge, the barbecue grill is scrubbed—whatever form our grading procrastination takes, it manifests—all to avoid the stacks of paper hovering in cyberspace or piled on desk corners. How can we make grading […]

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 […]

Course Review: From One Educator to Another

Course Review: From One Educator to Another

When I first began teaching fully online courses about five years ago, I was lucky that I had some incredible colleagues that let me “borrow” activities, course organization, and other lived-and-learned lessons from their experiences teaching online. I also used our Teaching & Learning Innovations resources — I was part of the Summer 2014 Blended […]

Creating Effective Group Projects in an Online Classroom

Creating Effective Group Projects in an Online Classroom

“To go fast, go alone. To go far, go together.” – African Proverb quoted in Together is Better by Simon Sinek The Group Work Challenge I have been fortunate in my teaching career to work on classes that have creative, meaningful and interesting group projects. The projects my students work on require most of the […]

CI Universal: Something for Everyone

CI Universal: Something for Everyone

First of all, I just wanted to take a moment to welcome you all to the Fall 2018 semester. It’s great to see the campus abuzz with students, faculty, staff, and guests again as we get this semester underway. I also wanted to remind you that Teaching & Learning Innovations (T&LI) is here to support […]

“INTERNETional” Travel: Using Technology to Enhance Students’ LO in a Study-Abroad Course

“INTERNETional” Travel: Using Technology to Enhance Students’ LO in a Study-Abroad Course

Background In an ever-increasingly interconnected world, providing study-abroad experiences to our undergraduate and graduate students seems to be a must, to develop much sought after intercultural competencies. Data released by the Institute of International Education shows that the number of US students that received academic credit for their study abroad courses increased by 3.8% in 2015/2016. Similarly, […]

Becoming Alfred … to Learn Empathy

Becoming Alfred … to Learn Empathy

CI Nursing senior students engaged in first virtual reality experience these past two weeks, as they became Alfred James, a 74-year old male with macular degeneration and hearing loss. By putting on the VR headset, student embodied Alfred, encountering what it truly means to have hearing loss and visual impairment when engaging with family members […]

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