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Starting Off on the Right Foot: Building Community in Online Learning
After months of waiting and 2,483 miles of driving across the country, November 2nd was finally here. I was about to start a new job during a pandemic. Waiting to join my first Webex meeting at GSU, I took deep breaths and nervously sipped coffee in (More)
Learning to Learn
For most of us, traveling to a new destination involves typing an address into a GPS and then trusting it to tell us our every turn. That's what I did the last time I went somewhere new, but when I arrived I couldn’t tell you how I had got there. Sur (More)
A Wrinkle in Class Time, Part 1
Detail from William Blake's The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. CC BY-SA 3.0. Why Talk About Time? How (More)
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work...With Some Help Along the Way
“Group projects make me understand why Batman works alone.” - Anonymous It’s no secret that students are often less than enthused about working with their classmates. We’ve all heard the horror stories: the group member that never shows up, the domi (More)
What's Your Story?
Does your course have a story to tell? A fruitful way to view your course is through the lens of narrative or story. No matter what th (More)
Reflect, Rethink & Refresh
Transforming a face-to-face course into a 100% online course for the first time can be a daunting experience. It’s a big change and in the beginning it may seem a nebulous task to take on. This summer, I partnered with professor Eric Wright, Ph.D., t (More)
The CETL Onion
Forrest Gump, the titular character of the beloved American film Forrest Gump, is known for saying “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” I would argue, that life is much more like a box of onions. You don’t know wh (More)
Answering Student Emails to Establish Immediacy
Hi, I’m Steve. I was a professor of communication for thirty years before accepting a position as a Learning Experience designer in the CETLOE in June. A month after starting, I was asked to teach an online class for the Department of Communication i (More)
Creating Insanely Great Syllabi
Today’s blog topic is The Syllabus. We’re mid-semester and probably not thinking about next semester, but should you? This is a good time to have this discussion so you can take some time to think about and play with this approach! This is my thir (More)
Design Student Orientation for Your Online Course
Let’s think about a situation. In the beginning of semester, you have 40 students in your online course. Those students come from diverse backgrounds with different level of experience for online learning. Some students may only take 1 or 2 online co (More)
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