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Apr 15, 2014

Bridging the Geographical Divide: Teaching in a DL Classroom

As a new faculty member at NYIT, one of the things I had to adjust to was teaching in a DL classroom. These rooms are connected by videoconferencing equipment, so half the class is always watching me on TV and I’m in the room with the other half. I split my time between the two campuses to get face time with all of the students but it’s still difficult to judge how well students are getting the material during a lecture when I’m looking at half of them on a tiny screen. In addition, there is a lot of variation… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 09, 2014

Techniques to Help Students Think About Their Learning

An essential lifelong skill for students is to think about their learning, or be metacognitive about it. Although metacognition ties directly to student success, it is often not taught, and it is a skill that many college students lack. One of my goals is to purposefully structure my courses to help students focus on and be more aware of their own learning. The three strategies I use most often to foster metacognition are: ConcepTests (or clicker questions)—These multiple-choice questions are asked during a break in lecture. Students answer them individually (anonymously), they debate the answer with their peers, and they… More

Author: francine_glazer

Apr 02, 2014

Catch Up on Missed Classes with VoiceThread

Was your class affected by the weather? Are you behind on your syllabus, trying to catch up while still ensuring that your students have meaningful learning experiences? Don’t wait till the next snow day to engage your students in the course and use new technology to support student learning. Renew and revive your course by simply trying out VoiceThread with your students before the end of the spring semester. What is VoiceThread? VoiceThread adds a visual dimension to an online conversation. VoiceThread allows you to have a conversation about objects such as videos, images, documents, and presentations. You can narrate… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 26, 2014

“What a Tangled Web We Weave” ... or Not?

Introduction: During an in-class presentation about the musical festival Woodstock, a student cited “Joe’s website” as his source. I thought for sure that the student must have been referring to the rock group Country Joe and the Fish, whose performance at Woodstock is legendary, but I was wrong. The student was quoting an unknown Joe. At that moment, I knew I had to incorporate information literacy into my course. Rationale: This activity/lesson is divided into two parts. Instructors may or may not decide to follow up the first part (web evaluation) with the second part (oral citation of sources). Additionally,… More

Author: francine_glazer

Mar 12, 2014

Learning Spaces - Social Presence and Interaction

“Social presence is defined as the ability of participants in a community to project themselves, socially and emotionally, as real people through a medium of communication.” (Garrison and Anderson, 2003). In thinking about a community of learners, let us tie in one of the major themes of Lev Vygotsky’s Social Development Theory. Vygotsky’s theory asserts that “social interaction plays a fundamental role in the process of cognitive development.” In essence, social presence is a critical element in the learning process. Social Presence and Interaction – the Instructor Finding opportunities to communicate with your students can seem challenging at first, especially… More

Author: francine_glazer