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Training Special Educators without Charging a Penny for Textbooks; One Department’s Quest for Affordability and Accessibility through Camaraderie

Training Special Educators without Charging a Penny for Textbooks; One Department’s Quest for Affordability and Accessibility through Camaraderie

When I became a special education teacher several years ago, affordability was high on my list of considerations when it came to the programs I researched.  After more than four years of undergraduate education and a few career misfires, I was not in a position to pay another year or two of tuition, books, and […]

Encouraging Engagement with Recorded Videos: A Love Letter to PlayPosit

Encouraging Engagement with Recorded Videos: A Love Letter to PlayPosit

The Problem As educators, we should all be aware that students typically have an attention span of about 10-15 minutes. When teaching in person, we can address this fact by adjusting the pace of our lectures, responding to student questions, and engaging students with our movements and facial expressions as well as class activities. Maintaining […]

Creating a “Fun” Zoom Learning Environment

Creating a “Fun” Zoom Learning Environment

Teaching in a virtual environment can be challenging. When logging in to teach a synchronous Zoom session, many of my students and myself, have already spent hours that day staring at the screens of digital devices. They probably do not want to spend an hour or more listening to a boring lecture. I successfully used […]

Are You There? Give Me Some Love ❤️!! Increasing Students’ Nonverbal Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Sessions

Are You There? Give Me Some Love ❤️!! Increasing Students’ Nonverbal Engagement in Zoom Synchronous Sessions

As instructors, we have come a long way since the March 2020 #greatpivot – survival mode in Spring to get our students to the finish line and naïve optimism for the Fall since we had summer to prepare. It is finally now, in Spring ’21, after a full year of intensive online teaching, that I am gaining […]

Inclusive Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Inclusive Teaching During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In March 2020, mid-way through Spring semester 2020, university classes quickly moved to a virtual format in response to the public health emergency stemming from COVID-19. At CSUCI, Innovation & Faculty Development shared stories from invited faculty about their resilient teaching during this period of uncertainty. This post, by Communication Faculty, Vivian Henchy, follows a […]

Assessment, Alignment and Feedback Spotlight #4

Assessment, Alignment and Feedback Spotlight #4

Faculty Info Name: Emily FairfaxAcademic Program: ESRMAverage Number of students per section: 40Featured Course: ESRM 100: Introduction to Environmental Science and Resource Management**Part of a living learning community Had you taught online prior to the rapid shift to virtual instruction in response to COVID-19?  No, not until the shift (1.5 semesters now). What practice or […]

Assessment, Alignment and Feedback Spotlight #3

Assessment, Alignment and Feedback Spotlight #3

Faculty Info Name: Stacey AndersonAcademic Program: EnglishAverage Number of students per section: 20Featured Course: ENGL 102:  Strategies of Successful College Writers* (two sections)*This course focuses on helping incoming first-year students develop habits of mind and strategies for success in writing at the college-level. Students learn to make use of campus resources and academic technologies throughout […]

Assessment, Alignment and Feedback Spotlight #2

Assessment, Alignment and Feedback Spotlight #2

Faculty Info Name: Hillary TejadaAcademic Program: ChemistryAverage Number of students per section: 25Featured Course: BIOLCHEM 150: Critical Thinking for Science Majors Had you taught online prior to the rapid shift to virtual instruction in response to COVID-19?  No, not until the shift in Spring 2019 What practice or technique have you implemented in your course? […]

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