Getting Students to “Do the Readings” (Hint: Don’t Assign Readings)

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Making Mental Health More “Visible” in Your Course

Six students failed my child development course this past semester. Out of 25.That’s right, almost one-quarter of them did not pass.I’m certainly not proud of it. In fact,

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Teaching Online: What Do Students Wish You Knew? (2021 Edition)

If you follow my blog, you’ve heard of my series, What Do Students Wish You Knew? Each semester, I ask my students what they wished their professors would

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A Low-Tech Document Camera for Teaching Online

When teaching online, do you ever need to write on the virtual chalkboard? Or show your hands and materials on a table? I do. Since I teach math

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Teaching College Tip #6

Provide an optional final. This is a collection of questions pulled from the weekly quizzes. It your course is scored out of 1000 points, this final could be

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Teaching College TIP #03: Let Students Choose the Breakout Room

When students are synchronously working on an assignment or task, give them a choice as to how they want to work. One way is to create different breakout

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TEACHING COLLEGE TIP #07: Less Tests, More Interviews

Going forward, I’ll share some of my readers’ best tips for teaching online. They will be short and random (I won’t start at #1) . . . AND I

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“Touching Your Students”: No, It’s Not What You Think

If you’re teaching online, you WILL lose students. Some will engage less. Others will disappear. Why? Many reasons, of course. But today, I’m focused on one: Because online,

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Getting Students To Show Their Faces On Zoom (Part 2)

The big concern professors have about Zoom (or any web conference platform) is: Should we require students to turn on their webcam? Or Why do so many students

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Should Students Show their Faces on Zoom?

Last week I conducted classes virtually and in real time on Zoom, Google Hangouts, and Collaborate Ultra (Blackboard’s videoconferencing feature). And the whole time all I could focus

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