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Creating Pockets of Joy, Humor, and Positivity in Your Face-to-Face and Online Class
Humor in the classroom, it’s definitely not as easy as we think. For instance, making a joke can fall flat in an online class. You may not see the reactions from your students in their blank, virtual boxes, or your audio might freeze and they miss the joke. But despite these hurdles, it doesn't mean you should give up on fostering humor and positivity into your class—whether you're face-to-face or online.
Humor can improve memory, comprehension, and can even improve engagement. In this episode, we'll dive into different tactics you can use to integrate humor into your course, such as memes which can be used as an assessment, as a learning tool, and can provide you with content that you can use later on, and how you can leverage both humor and positivity to achieve this, and finally, how you can be successful at this even in an online environment.
Using Humor to Engage Students in the ClassroomHow Do Master Teachers Create a Positive Classroom?Using Humor and Levity to Enhance the Online Learning EnvironmentHow Do I Establish an Engaging Atmosphere in My Online Classroom?
Live with Debbie Fetter: Implementing Social Media and Virtual Study Halls
Social media polling. Instagram trivia Tuesdays. Virtual study halls. Get ready for a toolbox of new ideas!
How can you be strategic about implementing social media into your course? Whether it's just one assignment or the entire course, Debbie Fetter offers insight on how she created a strategic social media plan to implement in her own course. Fetter explains how social media can help teach students how to craft a direct message to a specific audience, and how these tools can be used for future employment. Additionally, she often adds polling and trivia via Instagram for low-stakes grades, extra credit, or small prizes.
Last year, she also created what's known as, "Dr. Fetter's Study Hall." By rebranding her office hours into a study hall and creating practice questions specifically for this, Fetter increased the attendance and virtual community these study halls fostered.
Managing Your Time: How You Can Use a Teaching Calendar and Eliminate Time-Stealers
Time. There’s just never enough of it. You’ve got a million and one things to do when it comes to teaching, and your list is always growing. Intermix that with your personal life, and it becomes a matter of how do you balance it all?
In today’s episode, we’ll touch on how you can use a teaching calendar, how you can better manage your class time in a flipped learning environment so you’re not only utilizing your own time effectively, but also your class time effectively, and finally, we’ll cover tips for managing your workload in an online environment. Although we can’t cross everything off the list for you, we may be able to offer some helpers that can alleviate some of the stress that comes with an instructor’s workload.
Magna 20-Minute Mentor: How Can a Teaching Calendar Help Me Be More Effective and Efficient in the Online Classroom?Magna Online Seminar: Time Management for Faculty and Students in Flipped Learning EnvironmentsRobert Talbert's multi-part series: rtalbert.org/gtd Magna 20-Minute Mentor: What Are Practical Solutions for Managing My Online Teaching Workload?Magna 20-Minute Mentor: How Can I Be a More Productive and Effective Teaching?
Establishing a Classroom Culture that Fosters and Encourages Student Feedback
As an instructor, giving feedback might come easily. You do it day in and day out when grading papers, offering insight to student responses or peers, and proofing assignments. But what about receiving feedback? Receiving feedback as an instructor can be nerve-wracking and stressful. It can undoubtedly impact your confidence as a teacher.
But what if there were ways that no matter the feedback, good or bad, you could learn to use student feedback constructively, and also better prepare your students to provide feedback that could help make you a more effective teacher. This episode dives into how you can foster a classroom culture that encourages student feedback, whether online or in-person.
20-Minute Mentor: How Can Improving Student Feedback Improve the Quality of Each Educational Encounter?20-Minute Mentor: How Can I Get Useful Feedback to Improve My Online Teaching?Magna Online Seminar: Using Student Feedback to Immediately Improve Teaching20-Minute Mentor: How Can I Gain Valuable Insight from Course Evaluations? 20-Minute Mentor: How Can Talking through Course Evaluations Improve My Teaching?
Live with Judy Klimek: Using Group Exams as a Review Learning Activity
In this episode, we dive into how Judy Klimek uses a group exam review to go over answers from the final, individual exam. From fostering engaging conversations to pinpointing challenging questions, each small group reviews the results from their individual exams and comes to a consensus as to why answers were right or wrong.
As an instructor, Klimek also explains how the group exam review allows her to reassess exam questions in the future and engage one-on-one with students who might need extra assistance.
How Can Post-Exam Reviews Become a Powerful Teaching Strategy?How Can Understanding Group Dynamics Lead to Better Group Work?Are Group Exams a Viable Testing Option?How Can I Write Better Exam Questions to Measure Student Performance and Learning?
An Essential and Imperative Part of Teaching: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion in higher education...It’s important. It’s imperative. And it’s an essential part of teaching. In this episode, we talk about how you can infuse inclusive teaching strategies into your online classes and your in-person classes. From small scale to large scale incorporations, each inclusive strategy and diversity-related topic matters. Whether you incorporate these strategies into your syllabus, curriculum, or project-based learning activities, you can start to think about how this will improve how your students engage with your course and how you can better establish a classroom culture.
Magna Online Seminar: Effective Diversity and Inclusion Strategies20-Minute Mentor: How Do I Infuse Equity into Any Online Class?Magna Online Seminar: Bringing Diversity and Inclusion into Your Quantitative CourseMagna Course: Practical Solutions for Faculty: Creating an Inclusive Classroom Climate and CultureMagna Online Seminar: Beyond Pedagogy: Infusing Equity into Your Syllabus, Assignments, and Course ContentMagna Online Seminar: Online Engagement and Assimilation Strategies for Nontraditional and Marginalized Students