Monthly Archives: October 2017

Unlocking the Promise of Digital Assessment

For many professors, student assessment is one of the most labor-intensive components of teaching a class. Items must be prepared, rubrics created, and instructions written. The work continues as the tests are scored, papers read, and comments shared. Performing authentic and meaningful student assessment takes time. Consequently, some professors construct relatively few assessments for their courses.


Here’s some guidance on using ‘tech-enhanced formative assessments’ to improve your online or traditional classes. 


The Adjunct’s Lifestyle: The Need for Essential Moments of Unproductivity | Online Teaching Guest Blog | Blog

I work an average of 60 hours a week for my normal job (that’s being kind to myself) plus an additional 20 plus hours when I am teaching, and another 20 plus hours a week working on things like my side hustles, writing, researching, and yes looking for my next “opportunity”. Opportunities that are part of the adjunct’s lifestyle include looking or applying for more online teaching gigs, entrepreneurship/passive income ideas, conferences to submit papers to, and anything in general that theoretically will enhance my life. All these opportunities mainly for monetary and/or career enhancement in the hopes of achieving a more “free” and independent lifestyle.


Here’s timely advice for those of you striving to make the adjunct lifestyle work.  Mindful moments really can recharge the batteries. 

10 Tools for Your Students’ Creativity Toolbox

The Creativity Toolbox
Here are a few tools for your students’ creativity toolbox. Practice these techniques with students and they’ll begin to understand how to use them for themselves.


How many of these creativity tools have you used? Give your shelf a shot of new ideas.  Follow up!

Using Design Principles to Build a Culture of Innovation

This fall at the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the—where, until recently, I led the K12 Lab—we’re celebrating 10 years of exploring the role that design thinking can play in schools. In that time, we’ve learned a lot about building creative school cultures based on two essential design practices: changing your point of view and prototyping. Below are some of the most effective practices we’ve seen. 


Great ideas like these need to go viral.  Make it happen, share! 

Pause, Play, Repeat: Using Pause Procedure in Online Microlectures

Pause procedure incorporates many of the best practices when it comes to online and active learning, including creating instructor presence, emphasizing metacognition, and aligning with outcomes-based learning.


Here’s a solid design for anyone creating online lectures.

New Google Calendar Has Been Released

Free resource of educational web tools, 21st century skills, tips and tutorials on how teachers and students integrate technology into education


I use the Google Calendar all the time.  The new edition is worth downloading. 

ID Hunter: UW-Stout Instructional Design Program Review

Are you curious about what’s involved in completing a graduate certificate program? Let’s review some of the factors that led to my decision to enroll at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and then see if I made a good choice..”


If you are thinking about getting an Instructional Design Certificate don’t miss this comprehensive review from ID Hunter. 

How To Choose The Right Online Instructional Design Certificate Program – eLearning Industry

If you have been considering an online instructional design certificate program, then you’ve come to the right place. In this post, I will go over the basics of Instructional Design certificate programs; share 7 tips for choosing the right Instructional Design program, and even highlight 18 Online Instructional Design Certificate Programs that you may want to consider. 


Our Instructional Design Certificate get a lot of publicity from this list.  I suspect that we’d be right at the top if our low tuition was factored in! 

How colleges train instructors to teach online courses

Despite voluminous online and face-to-face training opportunities, colleges and universities still struggle to get significant numbers of full- and part-time instructors to participate. “Instructors have plenty of stories about how much research they are doing, how many classes they are teaching,” Zotti said.
“The biggest challenge is time, especially when dealing with adjunct faculty,” said Kerr, of Fanshawe College. “If they are teaching online, they are not around” on campus.


A trained online teacher has an advantage when applying for jobs.  Consider joining our E-Learning and Online Teaching Certificate Program.