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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.
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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.
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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.
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Live with Melissa Schettler: How to Increase Student Engagement with an Engagement Rubric
In this episode, we talk with Melissa Schettler who presented at our Teaching Professor Conference. Here, she discusses how you can increase student engagement through the use of an engagement rubric. You'll identify desired behaviors, undesired behaviors, challenging behaviors, and then finally, define what you think "perfect participation" looks like with engaged students.
Schettler explains how you can develop and implement your own student engagement rubric to help communicate expected behaviors to your students. What will make your heart sing when you visualize perfect participation and how do you accomplish that? Find out in this episode! Also, feel free to download the engagement rubric Schettler uses in her own classes to inspire your own engagement rubric.
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All About Exams: Crafting Exam Questions, Exam Security, and Exam Accessibility
Creating exams…it’s not an easy task. From crafting exam questions to trying to make your exams more accessible while also trying to promote academic integrity – there are numerous elements to consider. In this episode we talk about exam accessibility including time restraints, how you can write better exam questions, and what you can do about online exam security.
Although there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to designing online exams or in-person exams, there are numerous factors you can take into consideration to more effectively asses your students and to be more conscious when creating your exams.
20-Minute Mentor: How Can I Make My Exams More Accessible?
20-Minute Mentor: How Can I Write Better Exam Questions to Measure Student Performance and Learning?
20-Minute Mentor: How Can I Increase Exam Security with Custom Question Banks
Magna Online Seminar: Writing Better Multiple-Choice Questions
20-Minute Mentor: How Can Students Use Self-Compassion to Reduce Test Anxiety?
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