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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.
Melissa Schettler's Engagement Rubric ResourceTeaching Professor Virtual Conference available through Sept. 30, 2021Practical Solutions for Faculty: Engaging StudentsHow Do Mini-lectures Improve Student Engagement?Maximizing Student Engagement with Course ReadingsUsing Active Listening to Deepen Student Engagement in Live Remote Classes
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?
Faculty Focus article: Fourteen Simple Strategies to Reduce Cheating on Online Examinations
Live with Ben Blood: Metacognition—The Bridge to Student Success
College is hard. That's why Ben Blood dedicates so much time to student success; it's also why he spends time teaching students about metacognition, time management, self-discipline, help-seeking, and resilience/perseverance. Here, you'll take away specific strategies you can implement into your class to help students succeed and also help students "find their why:" The reason they're in college; the reason this is important to them; and their reason why.
“If you fail it’s not a signal, it’s not a sign that you should quit. It’s not a flare being shot up to tell you you’re not worthy of college. Instead, we need to use our failures as opportunities for growth.” -Ben Blood
Ben Blood's blog with resources, access to his OER, and more: https://accountabiltycoachingforcollegesuccess.com/ Magna Online Seminar: Harnessing the Power of Open Pedagogy and Open Syllabi to Promote Student SuccessMagna Online Seminar: Applying Andragogy to Online Course Design to Increase Student Engagement and SuccessMagna Online Seminar: Teaching Underprepared Students to Take Control of Their Learning by Developing Metacognitive SkillsMagna Online Seminar: Teaching Underprepared Students: Strategies that Work
Live with Stephanie Dunson: Embracing the Messy Parts of Academic Writing
In episode 12, we chat with Stephanie Dunson, PhD, who recently started her own podcast: 100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make...and How to Fix Them. In this interview, we talk about embracing the messy parts of writing and acknowledge that those messy parts are most often necessary to create a piece of published work.
Additionally, Dunson explains how we can be so focused on the end result, that sometimes we forget to step back and acknowledge the gaps that we're missing in our own writing. She offers questions to think about when writing and how this can foster a more intentional writing process. Also, stay tuned for a sneak peek into the upcoming podcast episodes she's most excited for.
Stephanie Dunson's podcast: 100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make...and How to Fix ThemTaking My Career to the Next Level: Grant Writing Tips and ResourcesHow Can I Write Better Letters of Recommendation?How Can I Extend My Research to the Public with a Podcast?
Assessing Online Student Learning: How You Can Gauge Activities and Writing Through Online Assessment
In the past year, many instructors worried that their online teaching presence might miss the in-person cues they picked up on with students in the classroom. In turn questions arose: How do you assess your students online? How do you make sure they’re learning the content? How do you gauge student learning through online activities?
In this episode, we'll provide ideas on how you can implement check points into your online teaching, and how you can use student-created videos to assess students in your online class. Additionally, we'll touch on how you can create writing assignments that can be used as an effective means of assessment, and how focusing on the process of writing can help foster student learning.
How Can I Gauge Online Learning Through Engaging Activities and Assessments?How Can I Assess Students in My Online Classes Through Student-created Videos?Effective Writing Assessment in the Online ClassroomThis week's episode is sponsored by the Teaching Professor Virtual Conference. Join the conference anytime and anywhere from June 7 through September 30, where you'll have on-demand access to plenaries, sessions, downloadable handouts, and networking opportunities.
A Sneak Peek into The Teaching Professor Conference: Enneagrams, Emotion Science, Embracing Culture, and More!
If you've been considering attending our Teaching Professor Conference (virtually or in-person), look no further! Here, we chat with a few of our presenters about why their topic session is so important to them.
Liz Norell talks about how rewarding it is to witness those "aha moments" and how you can use different tools to cultivate your presence in the classroom. Next, Ashley Harvey explores invisible emotional labors associated with teaching and how to keep your positive emotion and energy at bay. Then, Dr. Tarsha Reid dives into how to incorporate culturally relevant pedagogy for African American students, and lastly, Jane Sutterlin explains how learning science and emotion science have helped guide her online teaching.
Register here for the Teaching Professor Conference