Absenteeism in the Virtual Classroom: The Struggle to Stay Connected

While we are certainly still navigating this new normal, we’ve come a long way in adjusting to online learning. Instructors have discovered how to best present information, administer tests, and keep the discussions lively and engaging. But in many cases, these instructors are also seeing a sharp decline in student attendance. It can be easy … Continue reading Absenteeism in the Virtual Classroom: The Struggle to Stay Connected

Behind the Scenes of the PsychSessions Podcast

If you're a psychology instructor, one of the coolest resources around is the PsychSessions podcast. This podcast was created by instructors Garth Neufeld and Eric Landrum and focuses on the teaching of psychology. They connect with top psychology educators as well as up-and-coming superstars to have deep conversations about what it means to be a … Continue reading Behind the Scenes of the PsychSessions Podcast

Online Testing: Ensure Comprehension & Mitigate Cheating with “Show Work”

In online testing, asking students to support their answers can give insight into their thought processes. Not only can you provide partial credit should you choose based on their supportive comments, but it might also help ensure that students are completing assessments without outside help.  In a math course, ask students to input the steps … Continue reading Online Testing: Ensure Comprehension & Mitigate Cheating with “Show Work”

7 Reasons for Competency Based Learning in online courses

Competency-based learning is a natural approach for online learning and the de facto choice for many virtual institutions.  Competency-based learning, often called mastery-learning, insists on mastery of subjects.  It provides students the opportunity to learn in a more personalized way and educators with the ability to ensure standards of achievement throughout the course.  Students are … Continue reading 7 Reasons for Competency Based Learning in online courses