California Statewide Reading Apprenticeship Conference

At College of San Mateo, on May 13 & 14, 2016, join educators from across California to learn more about how they use the Reading Apprenticeship framework to support students to become motivated, strategic, and critical readers, thinkers, writers, and problem solvers, to develop positive literacy identities, to engage with challenging academic texts, and to persist in their academic endeavors….

Go Commando on Textbooks

According to a recent article in Campus Technology by Dian Schaffhauser, if you’re waiting for textbooks to be free, take a class at the University of Maryland University College. By this fall, 84,000 students will save a collective $10 million per year. More than 700 courses will have figured out how to piece together Open…

Little Things, Big Packages

Attention spans are shrinking. The ability to concentrate on one topic for long periods of time has been replaced by high levels of stimulation, and little tolerance for “down time.” We are working more hours, getting less sleep, and our communications are challenging to manage. How do we teach in a time when no one…

Course Design Rubric

Courses that are part of the Online Education Initiative (OEI) are required to meet standards relating to course design, instruction, and accessibility. The following course design rubric assists faculty in designing and teaching online courses that promote a quality learning environment. The full rubric Below is a light version of the rubric prepared by Aloha…

Resources for Course Redesign

Hear from CSU faculty on the value of course redesign. Check out the ePortfolio Showcase (by discipline).   Course design rubric Online course design rubric A checklist to proof your course before Publishing it for the upcoming semester. Learn Canvas Introduction to Canvas – Self-Paced online course (register in myPETL and receive 4 hrs flex credit for completing the self-paced course) Canvas…

Level the Playing Field

Back in 2007, the North American Council for Online Learning published a paper titled, Access and Equity in Online Classes and Virtual Schools. Design decisions and how online courses fit into the range of options available to students impact the level of educational equity and programmatic access the program provides. Institutions have a responsibility to:…

Student Support in Canvas

NEW TOOLS FACULTY CAN ADD As you get courses ready for the spring term, I want to share with you exciting news about tools provided by the Online Education Initiative to support your students. In Canvas you will see two links in your DE course menu, Quest for Success and NetTutor: Quest for Success Quest…

Keeping Students Engaged

In this article from Xconomy, author Alan Schwartz states “good teachers often say that 95 percent of good teaching is just getting students motivated.” [link to article] 5 strategies to engage students: 1. Let Students Drive. Giving students choice of a content path is key to increasing engagement. It’s the YouTube effect: let learners discover…