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Our white papers provide a detailed examination on some of the most critical issues in higher education today, while providing you with practical strategies that you can implement in your classroom or on your campus. Quite frankly, they’re likely to become the go-to resource in your professional development library.

Efficient and Effective Feedback in the Online Classroom

Providing efficient and effective feedback begins long before the first task is assigned to students. Instructors need to prioritize and schedule their time and then take advantage of specific technologies and tactics outlined in this report. When they do, they will find that their feedback does more to advance student learning and improve course outcomes than they ever imagined it could.

How to Evaluate the Impact of Faculty Development Programs

Based on a seminar by Sue Hines, Ed.D., How to Evaluate the Impact of Faculty Development Programs offers practical procedural guidance on how to accurately measure the effectiveness of your existing faculty development programming. And if your results are less than what you hope for, this white paper also provides strategies to drive improvement.

New Fair Use Guidance for Online Educators

Featuring guidance from Linda Enghagen, J.D., this white paper will give administrators, instructional designers, and instructors the information they need to make sound decisions regarding incorporating materials into their online instruction without violating copyright and fair use law.

The Flipped Approach to a Learner-Centered Class

Flipping a class is more than recording a lecture, putting it online, and then slotting it in the syllabus. The course has to have the right incentive structure to ensure students prepare before class. Fortunately, there are some sound strategies that can help any instructor flip just about any lesson, and you can learn about them in this white paper.

Journey of Joy and Joy Ride: Teaching Tips for Reflection, Rejuvenation, and Renewal

Part memoir and part advice for others, this two-part book of Teaching Tips for Reflection, Rejuvenation, and Renewal will help keep your teaching fresh and invigorated. Previously available only as separate PDF downloads, now you can get both popular guides in a spiral-bound print format. Together, that’s a full 52 pages of insight and strategies to help you strengthen your commitment to teaching.

Ten Strategies to Improve Blended Course Design

Blended instruction offers flexibility, accessibility, and a way to maximize the benefit of face-to-face interaction between instructor and student. However, a well-design blended course requires more than shifting components of a traditional course online. It takes deliberate and thoughtful planning and design. This whitepaper provides proven, practical advice for designing a blended course from the ground up.

State Authorization: Strategies for Online Providers

Along with your work to create quality courses and train excellent online teachers, online education also brings with it a whole set of regulations. To make things more complicated, these regulations vary from state to state, with some states requiring nothing and others demanding filings and fees. This white paper provides guidance from Dr. Bruce Chaloux, CEO of the Sloan Consortium.

Joy Ride: More Teaching Tips for Reflection, Rejuvenation, and Renewal

If you’ve lost your joy of teaching, Joy Ride offers practical tips for getting it back. This special 22-page download is divided into 17 sections, each with its own set of tips and strategies for strengthening one’s commitment to teaching.

Confronting Cheating: A Legal Primer and Tool Kit

Cheating strikes at the core of your school’s integrity. It creates an unethical environment among your students, and ultimately diminishes the quality and reputation of your institution. Here’s what you can do about it.

Building a Culture of Academic Integrity

The truth is most colleges and universities struggle with academic dishonesty. But the schools that have had the most success with remedying cheating are the ones that focus on transforming culture rather than changing behavior. Learn how with a copy of this white paper.

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