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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 […]

Colleges and Cafeterias

Colleges and Cafeterias

Almost everyone in America is familiar with the cafeteria. Hungry people move down the line, sliding their plastic tray and choosing from the various offerings what they want on their plate. Green beans or carrots? Potatoes or rice? Chicken? Lasagna? None of these dishes represents a nutritionally balanced meal. However, by the time one loads […]

A Free Lunch: CSU Channel Islands Offers the CSU’s First “Z-Majors”

A Free Lunch: CSU Channel Islands Offers the CSU’s First “Z-Majors”

Everyone knows: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  But starting this Fall, there will be such a thing as textbook-free majors at CSU Channel Islands (CI).  And it couldn’t come at a better time for CI’s student body. Over the past three decades, textbook prices have outpaced inflation 3-to-1.  During this same […]

Bridging the Gap with Technology

Bridging the Gap with Technology

Fall 2017 was my first semester teaching at CI. Prior to joining the faculty here, my teaching experience was mostly in the online environment with graduate students. I thought that I was well prepared to teach an online upper division Health Science program course. I was wrong. Though the class was online, it was different […]

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