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If you need a refresher on grading in Blackboard, or haven’t had a chance to view and explore Blackboard Collaborate, check out our sessions for this week!


Interactive Web Conferencing Brings Big Benefits to the Online Classroom

By: Linda Macaulay EdD and La Tonya Dyer

Wikstrom, N. Sharing is Caring. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

“…web conferencing provides a venue for sustained interactions between students, authentic cooperative learning, and collegial sharing of ideas and project progress.”

Highlights: active learning | tips for success and classroom management in synchronous sessions | recorded sessions

November 14th, 2011   Faculty Focus

For more tips on recorded sessions, see articles on guest experts and recording instruction sessions.


This week in Tips from Brenna and Tasha:

As your classes work on major/final projects, here are some tips related to posters and research:

Did you know Bird Library has plotters for printing poster projects on the 1st floor? Trained Learning Commons staff are available to help your students print (ideally between 8 am and 5 pm).
Printer options and pricing information here.

Are your students in the midst of research projects? Here are a list of sources they could use:

  • SAGE Research Methods Online  is a research methods tool to help researchers, faculty and students with research projects. Explore methods concepts, design research projects, understand or identify methods, conduct research, and write up findings using the resources available.
  • SAGE Research Methods Datasets  provides access to datasets for teaching qualitative and quantitative methods. Datasets include sample sets, with a description of the research project and instructions regarding the method.
    The SU Libraries Data Science Research Guide points to resources for students and researchers in the field of data science.
    The SU Libraries Data Services Research Guide describes library services for the identification, collection, management, analysis, and curation of quantitative and qualitative research data.

Keep in mind the various open access resources available as well:

https://researchguides.library.syr.edu/openresources/discoverOA
From https://researchguides.library.syr.edu/openresources/discoverOA

Reminder of just a few of the general FCTL services available to all instructors…

One on One consults: Let’s talk! Teaching tough concepts, developing class activities, grading, balancing your time between job and teaching, etc., we’re happy to chat about ways to support you personally. (0.5-1.5 hour)

Classroom Observations: Having an issue or just want the thoughts of another instructor? We’ll arrange to see a class session, or observe online for 2 weeks, then give you feedback. We can also help you add and/or assess anything you want to try out for the next semester (or next week!).

Syllabus Review: Send us your syllabus for fast applicable feedback (turnover within 5 days).

Classroom Demonstrations: We can demonstrate any technology you would like to use in the classroom, from online polling to Blackboard and assignment creation tools.

Engaging Students Through Technology

The Writing is on the Wall: Using Padlet for Whole-Class Engagement

http://blogs.sussex.ac.uk/tel/files/2017/07/Picture1.png

By: Beth Fuchs, 2014

“Seeing the variety of responses allows opportunities for peer learning and self-assessment because students have immediate access to a wide spectrum of responses from classmates rather than a few responses from the vocal ones” (p.8).

“The challenge of class participation and engagement will remain, so continuing to seek out new ways to encourage involvement from all students will be a necessity. Using Padlet in instruction has provided a non-threatening space for the collection and curation of collaborative classroom work.” (p.9)

Highlights: classroom participation | student engagement | knowledge demonstration

Fuchs, Beth, “The Writing is on the Wall: Using Padlet for Whole-Class Engagement” (2014). Library Faculty and Staff Publications. 240. http://uknowledge.uky.edu/libraries_facpub/240


This week, Tips from Brenna and Tasha:

Did you know you can invite librarians like Brenna to your face to face or online course to share information about…

  • Resources coinciding with the timing of a specific assignment, when students will be looking for specific information and can actively apply the search strategies discussed in the session.
  • Professional associations, publications, conferences, etc. you believe are important for them to be familiar with for research or professional development.

If you want to plan a session, consider these tips:

  • Share your syllabus, assignment information and expected learning outcomes with Brenna in advance of the visit.
  • Integrate Brenna’s presence and suggested resources into the online course through Blackboard: http://guides.libraries.uc.edu/blackboard/embedlib_bestpract_librarian
  • Make the session active – for example, having students practice, demonstrate or share search strategies with one another.
  • Consider linking the visit to an assignment or specific skill (even better, specific learning outcomes).
  • Provide students with an assignment or research exercise first, and then invite Brenna to visit, check their progress, and provide an opportunity for 1:1 consultation.
  • Work with Brenna to prepare a mini pre-assessment to determine level of student need or pre-existing knowledge of intended session content.
    • Follow up with a post-assessment to evaluate for learning outcomes and future sessions.
  • Think about inviting Brenna to the final presentations/poster session so she can see the final student products!

For more voices on attributes of successful librarian sessions: http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php?journal=cil&page=article&op=view&path%5B%5D=v6i1p5&path%5B%5D=141

Tips from previous newsletters will be posted in the library liaison section under Support. 


Reminder of just a few of the general FCTL services available to all instructors…

One on One consults: Let’s talk! Teaching tough concepts, developing class activities, grading, balancing your time between job and teaching, etc., we’re happy to chat about ways to support you personally. (0.5-1.5 hour)

Classroom Observations: Having an issue or just want the thoughts of another instructor? We’ll arrange to see a class session, or observe online for 2 weeks, then give you feedback. We can also help you add and/or assess anything you want to try out for the next semester (or next week!).

Syllabus Review: Send us your syllabus for fast applicable feedback (turnover within 5 days).

Classroom Demonstrations: We can demonstrate any technology you would like to use in the classroom, from online polling to Blackboard and assignment creation tools.

Continuing Adventures with Collaborate

As we near the end of October, the FCTL has one more Collaborate Ultra workshop for instructors. Come learn and practice with fellow instructors!


Interactive Web Conferencing Brings Big Benefits to the Online Classroom

By: Linda Macaulay EdD and La Tonya Dyer

Wikstrom, N. Sharing is Caring. Licensed under https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/2.0/

“…web conferencing provides a venue for sustained interactions between students, authentic cooperative learning, and collegial sharing of ideas and project progress.”

Highlights: active learning | tips for success and classroom management in synchronous sessions | recorded sessions

November 14th, 2011   Faculty Focus

For more tips on recorded sessions, see articles on guest experts and recording instruction sessions.


Tips from Tasha is changing to Tips from Brenna and Tasha, as we welcome Brenna Helmstutler, our new subject librarian for information studies.  Please reach out to her for research, collections, instruction, or general library questions, and please encourage your students to reach out as well!

Here’s Brenna’s contact information:

+bhelmstu@syr.edu

+315-443-1100

+Carnegie 213A.

We will be sharing tips about, among other things, using databases.

Today’s tip is that MarketResearch.com Academic now includes Mind Commerce Reports. Mind Commerce reports include coverage of the Internet of Things.  Try searching “Internet of Things” or IoT to see the reports.

Additionally, company profiles, industry information, analyses, data and more can be found in MarketLine Advantage.  More business, company and industry information can be found on the Business Information Guide.

Tips from previous newsletters will be posted in the library liaison section under Support. 


Reminder of just a few of the general FCTL services available to all instructors…

One on One consults: Let’s talk! Teaching tough concepts, developing class activities, grading, balancing your time between job and teaching, etc., we’re happy to chat about ways to support you personally. (0.5-1.5 hour)

Classroom Observations: Having an issue or just want the thoughts of another instructor? We’ll arrange to see a class session, or observe online for 2 weeks, then give you feedback. We can also help you add and/or assess anything you want to try out for the next semester (or next week!).

Syllabus Review: Send us your syllabus for fast applicable feedback (turnover within 5 days).

Classroom Demonstrations: We can demonstrate any technology you would like to use in the classroom, from online polling to Blackboard and assignment creation tools.

Teaching Methods Series: 5 Ways You Can Teach Even More With Feedback

5 Ways You Can Teach Even More With Feedback

Feedback is a valuable tool to help students gauge how well they are currently performing and what they still need to do to improve their skills and abilities. Research shows that effective instructor feedback has positive outcomes for students. Student perceptions of feedback determine what they consider meaningful, and the time interval of feedback seems to be linked to future expectations about communication.

This session shared practical methods to apply what research tells us about these perceptions and strategies about instructor feedback to students.

The outcomes of the session were:
· Demonstrate how your students’ own perspectives / needs can affect how they learn from your feedback
· Identify strategies targeted to various class settings (large classes, online, face to face, lab settings)
· Apply feedback strategies that are best aligned to your own classes and teaching style so that your feedback can be even more meaningful

5 Ways You Can Teach Even More With Feedback Handouts

Delivering the Learning Experience Through Blackboard and Effective Feedback

Hi folks! October is Teaching Methods month, and this week the FCTL is offering sessions on Blackboard and strategies for effective feedback.

Engaging Students in Online Courses: Adding Experiential to Asynchrony

August 14, 2017 | Faculty Focus

 By: Eric J. Perry, PhD

Engage students online by presenting content “…in a way that calls for interactivity and that is represented in a way that visual cues, characters, and information can be displayed to students thereby enhancing their ability to connect with the story, perceiving the experience as a more real-life activity rather than an academic exercise.”

Highlights: Scaffolding student engagement with technology, presenting case studies through videos, and using LMS tracking to gamify online student activity.

Effective Instructor Feedback: Perceptions of Online Graduate Students

Getzlaf, Beverley; Perry, Beth; Toffner, Greg; Lamarche, Kimberley; Edwards, Margaret

“Effective instructor feedback includes student involvement in a mutual feedback process to lead to individualization of feedback… is perceived as gentle guidance and is offered in a positive, constructive and timely manner… moves students beyond reflection on what they have accomplished; it moves them forward by helping them to identify gaps in knowledge and goals and strategies for future learning, both in the course and in non-course activities in their lives” (p. 16).

Highlighted themes: student involvement/individualization, gentle guidance, being positively constructive, timeliness and future orientation.

Journal of Educators Online, v6 n2 July 2009

Come share your feedback methods and learn more about effective feedback in person at our info session this week, “5 Ways You Can Teach Even More With Feedback.”


Starting this week, check out our new Tips from Tasha page, developed collaboratively by our own iSchool librarian, Tasha Cooper, and the FCTL’s strategy and design specialist, Margaret Craft.

“Tips from Tasha” will feature resources and content recommendations selected to support you as instructors and researchers.


Reminder of just a few of the general FCTL services available to all instructors…

One on One consults: Let’s talk! Teaching tough concepts, developing class activities, grading, balancing your time between job and teaching, etc., we’re happy to chat about ways to support you personally. (0.5-1.5 hour)

Classroom Observations: Having an issue or just want the thoughts of another instructor? We’ll arrange to see a class session, or observe online for 2 weeks, then give you feedback. We can also help you add and/or assess anything you want to try out for the next semester (or next week!).

Syllabus Review: Send us your syllabus for fast applicable feedback (turnover within 5 days).

Classroom Demonstrations: We can demonstrate any technology you would like to use in the classroom, from online polling to Blackboard and assignment creation tools.

Powerful Teaching Through Effective Feedback

Hi folks!

Happy Fall! October is a Teaching Methods month, featuring information sessions focused on timely and effective feedback.  We will also be highlighting FCTL and SU Libraries resources to support you and expand your content palate, as it were.


Effective Instructor Feedback: Perceptions of Online Graduate Students

Getzlaf, Beverley; Perry, Beth; Toffner, Greg; Lamarche, Kimberley; Edwards, Margaret

Effective instructor feedback includes student involvement in a mutual feedback process to lead to individualization of feedback… is perceived as gentle guidance and is offered in a positive, constructive and timely manner… moves students beyond reflection on what they have accomplished; it moves them forward by helping them to identify gaps in knowledge and goals and strategies for future learning, both in the course and in non-course activities in their lives” (p. 16). 

Highlighted themes: student involvement/individualization, gentle guidance, being positively constructive, timeliness and future orientation.

Journal of Educators Online, v6 n2 July 2009

Come share your feedback methods and learn more about effective feedback in person at our info session this week, “5 Ways You Can Teach Even More With Feedback.”


Starting this week, check out our new Tips from Tasha page, developed collaboratively by our own iSchool librarian, Tasha Cooper, and the FCTL’s strategy and design specialist, Margaret Craft.

“Tips from Tasha” will feature resources and content recommendations selected to support you as instructors and researchers.  This week: learn about great video content resources provided by SU Libraries.


Reminder of just a few of the general FCTL services available to all instructors…

One on One consults: Let’s talk! Teaching tough concepts, developing class activities, grading, balancing your time between job and teaching, etc., we’re happy to chat about ways to support you personally. (0.5-1.5 hour)

Classroom Observations: Having an issue or just want the thoughts of another instructor? We’ll arrange to see a class session, or observe online for 2 weeks, then give you feedback. We can also help you add and/or assess anything you want to try out for the next semester (or next week!).

Syllabus Review: Send us your syllabus for fast applicable feedback (turnover within 5 days).

Classroom Demonstrations: We can demonstrate any technology you would like to use in the classroom, from online polling to Blackboard and assignment creation tools.

Join Us Virtually for a Taste of Quizlet

Join us for Quizlet!

This week’s newsletter connects to Quizlet, this week’s Cool Instructional Technology online info session.


Helping Students Memorize: Tips from Cognitive Science

exam review session

“…memorization deserves some airtime because it is one important route to building content knowledge and expertise. Furthermore, acquiring content knowledge doesn’t have to detract from critical thinking, reasoning, or innovation…”

Major tips:  Emphasize context and purpose; visualize information; avoid the rereading trap (passive rereading).


Reminder of just a few of the general FCTL services available to all instructors…

One on One consults: Let’s talk! Teaching tough concepts, developing class activities, grading, balancing your time between job and teaching, etc., we’re happy to chat about ways to support you personally. (0.5-1.5 hour)

Classroom Observations: Having an issue or just want the thoughts of another instructor? We’ll arrange to see a class session, or observe online for 2 weeks, then give you feedback. We can also help you add and/or assess anything you want to try out for the next semester (or next week!).

Syllabus Review: Send us your syllabus for fast applicable feedback (turnover within 5 days).

Classroom Demonstrations: We can demonstrate any technology you would like to use in the classroom, from online polling to Blackboard and assignment creation tools.

Adjunct Get Together

Adjunct Get Together - August 9, 2017

The annual adjunct get together is an opportunity for new and current adjunct instructors to meet and share ideas for instruction and strategies from past experience. This fall’s event was held at Skytop Office Building. Below are handouts shared during the event, and a general summary of open discussion topics suggested by senior adjuncts (including electronic device use policy, plagiarism, international students, and group/team management).

Adjunct Get Together Handouts
Adjunct Get Together Recording

VIDEO

To be added.

Adobe Spark – Part of the Cool Instructional Tools Series

Adobe Spark - Part of the Cool Instructional Tools Series

Adobe Spark allows both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos. The goal with the new Spark suite is to allow anyone, including instructors and students, the ability to create and share visual stories without needing to be professional designers. The tools also don’t require a lot of time to use.

Adobe Spark Handouts
Group Learning Techniques Event Recording
Director of Instructional Design and Technology Integration, Jeff Fouts, from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University discusses how Adobe Spark allows both web and mobile users to create and share visual content – like posts for social media, graphics, web stories, and animated videos to help engage students with course content.

Reading Across the Curriculum

Reading Across the Curriculum

Do your students really know how to effectively complete their readings? We shared ways to help students focus: read/think/highlight/analyze. Specifically, 1) how to prepare students for reading comprehension and analysis, 2) proper highlighting techniques, and 3) using analyzed information to pull out main concepts and talking points. Additionally, we shared: 1) how students should study and 2) how they can predict questions for exams from the text.

Reading Across the Curriculum Handouts
Reading Across the Curriculum Event Recording
Director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Peggy Takach, from the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University discusses the question: Do your students really know how to effectively complete their readings? Techniques were shared to help students focus on read/think/highlight/analyze.