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We're here to bring instructors and teachers inspiration, energy, and creative strategies that they can utilize in their everyday teaching.

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We're here to bring instructors and teachers inspiration, energy, and creative strategies that they can utilize in their everyday teaching.

    What Fun! How to Implement Gamification Strategies and Play-based Activities Into Your Course

    What Fun! How to Implement Gamification Strategies and Play-based Activities Into Your Course

    Almost everyone loves a good game. In this episode, we'll go through specific gamification strategies and play-based activities you can implement into your own class. From creating badges and leaderboards to playing word associations or the "sometimes, always, never" game, you'll have a toolbox full of ideas you can bring back to your courses.

    Additionally, we'll discuss how gamification, when integrated correctly, can increase student persistence and student engagement. Although gamification can be an adventure of fails and successes, it's important to have fun and embrace the power of failure.

    Recommended resources:
    What 5 Play-based Activities Can I Use to Create an Active, Learning-centered Class?How Do I Design Effective Combinations of Gamified Elements to Encourage Deeper Learning?How Can I Use Simple Gamification Strategies to Engage My Students?What is Gamification and How Can it Promote a Growth Mindset?

    • 16 min
    Live with David Sandler: Getting the Butterflies to Fly in Formation While Public Speaking

    Live with David Sandler: Getting the Butterflies to Fly in Formation While Public Speaking

    When it comes to public speaking and the constant butterflies your students may get from presenting, "it's all about trying to get the butterflies to fly in formation," David Sandler says.

    We practice public speaking as a waiter at a restaurant, in a Teams meeting for a job, on a podcast, and yes, in front of a podium, which is what we may associate most with the word "public speaking," but every day we perform different acts of public speaking. Sandler says this is one reason why teaching public speaking skills to students is so vital. “The world loses out on whatever good ideas students may have to share. The ability to articulate what’s going on in your unique mind—it’s a life skill and that’s the paradigm I use to have people think about my course.”

    From working on eye contact while reciting the ABCs to practicing walking up to the podium to a Q&A session, Sandler offers advice on how you can help students find their voice. Additionally, Sandler talks about how people tend to think they’re either an extrovert or introvert and the impact that may have on their speaking abilities, but there's been research on another category called an ambivert. An ambivert lands in the middle but leans toward a side of being an extrovert or introvert. Sandler reminds us that wherever you are on that "timeline," you can still be a good public speaker. 

    Recommended resources:
    NCSL On-Demand: Communication (for students)How Can I Extend My Research to the Public with a PodcastHow Do I Include Introverts in Class Discussions?How Can I Improve My PowerPoint Presentation Skills?How Can I Teach Routine Courses with Energy and Enthusiasm? 

    • 18 min
    Creating Pockets of Joy, Humor, and Positivity in Your Face-to-Face and Online Class

    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.

    Recommended Resources:
    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?

    • 15 min
    Live with Debbie Fetter: Implementing Social Media and Virtual Study Halls

    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. 

    • 22 min
    Managing Your Time: How You Can Use a Teaching Calendar and Eliminate Time-Stealers

    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. 

    Recommended resources:
    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?

    • 14 min
    Establishing a Classroom Culture that Fosters and Encourages Student Feedback

    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.

    Recommended Resources:


    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?

    • 15 min

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