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Strategies to Encourage Academic Honesty for Online Exams

5 Ways to Prevent Cheating Image created by WHack. Consider alternative high stake assessment methods Use more Authentic Assessment strategies – Project-based – Performance-based Include a formal contract – state it, sign it. Clear, explicit definition of what is cheating on your syllabus. Clear explicit definition of what is cheating within test instruction prior to […]

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Southern Association of Colleges Principles for Good Practice for Online Programs

Accreditation through peer review is the principal method of quality assurance in colleges and universities throughout the United States. The seven regional commissions responsible for accrediting more than 3500 higher education institutions maintain public trust by applying standards within the context of the diversity of institutional missions and by expecting all member institutions to meet […]

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VoiceThread – Why, How and What

Why use VoiceThread? VoiceThread is a totally web-based application that allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of an asynchronous conversation. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and to make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a web cam, a telephone, or uploaded […]

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Best Practices for Online Instruction

by Kona Jones and Liz Jackson from Online Learning, Richland Community College. There are many different theories for online instruction, but overall the research literature suggests specific “best practices” that increase student engagement and retention in online courses. The student-centered design of Canvas provides an excellent place to seamlessly integrate some of the the following […]

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Provide ‘Feedforward’ with Exemplars

There is growing interest in the pedagogical literature in something called feedforward. It is, as the name implies, the opposite of feedback, which provides input after the fact. Feedforward offers input focused on the future. It lets students know what they should be doing or could be doing differently next time. If it’s a similar […]

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Podcast: Problem-Based Learning at UC Berkeley Medical School

Through a progressive disclosure of information, role-playing, simulations and instant availability of information students at UC Berkeley–UCSF Joint Medical Program teach each other the foundations of medical sciences. One method used is Problem Based Learning that includes a variety of technologies for collaboration. Find out more: Problem based learning. Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine […]

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Course Design Overview

When designing a course, an instructor needs to ask four major questions: Where are we going? (What are the goals of the instruction?) How will we get there? (What is the instructional strategy and the instructional medium?) How will we know when we have arrived? (What should our tests look like? How will we evaluate […]

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Teaching Strategies: Fink, Gagne and Smith

Dee Fink distinguished between passive and active learning. Passive learning involves students receiving information and ideas. In comparison, active learning engages students by providing rich learning experiences (doing, observing) and in-depth reflective dialog (with self and others). As instructor, we should make effort to design our class activities to provide such affordances that enable active […]

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Checklist for meeting Quality Matters Standard 2 – Learning objectives/outcomes

Quality Matters Standard 2 2.1 The course learning objectives, or course/program competencies, describe outcomes that are measurable. 2.2 The module/unit learning objectives or competencies describe outcomes that are measurable and consistent with the course-level objectives or competencies. 2.3 All learning objectives or competencies are stated clearly and written from the learner’s perspective. 2.4 The relationship […]

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Teaching with Technology: EdPuzzle

You can select the start and end points from larger videos, if you only want to show students a smaller clip. You can also add your own audio commentary at any point. And you can add open-response and multiple choice questions mid-video. You can set up your own classroom right in EdPuzzle, and if students […]

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Instructional Designer? How can they help you?

An Instructional Designer can assist faculty in completing complete the entire process of course design and development from the Analysis through to the Evaluation or they can be asked to do just one or two parts of the process. This is the same no matter the format of the course – online, hybrid or face-to-face. […]

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Medical News Today: New antibody treatment may protect against Marburg and Ebola viruses

The above antibodies identify and neutralize Marburg virus, which inflicts a mortality rate of up to 90%. Image credit: The Scripps Research Institute Identified in 1967 among laboratory workers in Uganda who had handled infected animals, Marburg virus was the first of the class of viruses known as filoviruses – which also includes Ebola – […]

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How do I create a Mid-semester survey in Canvas?

The Center for Innovative Learning has created a global question bank that consists of mid-course related questions.  This information walks you through building a mid-semester survey using this question bank.  You can use all of the items in the related question bank, choose some of the questions, or add your own questions.  The general explanation […]

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Medical News Today: High blood pressure linked to lower risk of Alzheimer’s

People genetically predisposed to have high blood pressure may be at lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study, though the researchers say this association is likely down to antihypertensive medication rather than the condition itself. Researchers found people genetically predisposed to have high blood pressure may be at lower risk of Alzheimer’s, […]

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CIL Professional Training Credit and MicroCredentials

You can document your attendance or participation in for CIL faculty development through the EIS Portal. Please follow these instructions to add these events to your training record if you do not already see the event listed:       To register for an event and receive credit through the EIS System: Log-in to the […]

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Preparing to Teach Online (PTTO) Online Course

Preparing to Teach Online (PTTO) is an online training course required for faculty at UNTHSC who wish to teach online or who wish to refresh their online teaching skills. This fully online course prepares you for teaching in the online format. The course takes approximately 20 hours to complete. The course is facilitated but is […]

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Experiential learning in MACH 5331 By Dr. Melissa Oden

Introduction I believe that every Professor wants to do their best to make sure that students are learning what they need to learn to be successful in today’s workforce. This is particularly critical in public health with old and new challenges facing public health practitioners each and every day. There are many different teaching methods […]

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Brachytherapy & early stage endometrial cancer

Women who have early stage endometrial cancer and are inoperable tend to live longer if they have been treated with brachytherapy with or without external beam radiation, according to new research to be presented at the 3rd ESTRO Forum in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday. Brachytherapy is a type of internal radiotherapy that involves putting a […]