Instructional Design

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Orientation Module and Quick Tasks – Angela Smedley on Best Practices for the New Normal

The pandemic brought with it major shifts in education and an abundance of opportunities to try new strategies and practices. During Planning Week 2021 several faculty members presented some of their pandemic success and how these best practices can continue to be utilized as we adjust to a new normal. Instructor of Communications Angela Smedley …

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Working Toward an Accessible Classroom

By creating an accessible classroom, we are building a space for all students to have opportunities for success. This interview with Johnathan Wade from the World Languages and Cultures department highlights some of the successes and challenges in working toward an accessible classroom. Transcript Paul Keys: So today we’re here with Jonathan Wade to teachers …

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Donna Kocur talks about the Department of Education’s use of Swivls

An interview with Donna Kocur, Field Placement Coordinator with the Department of Education The Education Department purchased multiple Swivl devices (https://www.swivl.com/robot-teams/) to be used by student teachers. The Swivl is a robotic mount for an iPad, camera, or smartphone that comes with a remote control Marker that can be worn on a lanyard by a …

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Citations, Resource, & Research Roundup – Inclusive Design & Pedagogy

Last updated: 3/31/21 Using inclusive design and pedagogy isn’t just a “good idea” – it is well researched and advocated by leading education organizations as benefiting students and educators. We can’t possibly talk about everything related to inclusive design and pedagogy here on this blog so this is our big list of citations, resources, and …

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Accessibility & Inclusion Statement for your Course

Including a diversity statement on your syllabus can set the tone for your classroom environment. It shows students that you value and respect difference in intellectual exchange, and are aware of current campus conversations surrounding diversity (UX Collective). In addition, it is important for professors to set a tone of respect and positive regard at …

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Using Digital Tools for Foreign Language Courses

Foreign language courses are a unique challenge for fully asynchronous classes or even with a large class over Zoom. Are the students getting enough speaking practice time? How do you find the time to meet and check pronunciation? Well we’ll go over a few digital tools that can help you create community and conversation for …

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Are You Having Problems with Chegg? – Strategies to Deter Cheating

Chegg and services like it continue to cause concern for higher education instructors. While these sites and other tools to help students cheat probably aren’t ever going away, there are several tools and strategies that faculty can use  to protect the integrity of their courses.   Obviously you can’t use all of these all the time. …

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