The inspiration your classroom needs…
We’re here to bring instructors and teachers inspiration, energy, and creative strategies that they can utilize in their everyday teaching. We hope the following tips, tricks, and pedagogy techniques give teachers and instructors an extra boost of creativity and motivation. These episodes are perfect for your drive to work or can be integrated as a ten-minute think session to get your wheels turning before stepping into the classroom or “zooming” onto the computer screen.
Episode 9: Live with Wendy Trevor: Overcoming Student Distaste for Collaborative Group Work Online
How can you help students overcome their distaste for collaborative group work online (and also thereby change your view of such work)? Wendy Trevor discusses how the timing of the assignment, the structure, instructor presence, feedback, and a grading rubric which privileges individual contributions, and signals the importance of engaging with others’ views, can help students approach group work more positively. Additionally, she touches on how group projects can foster the kind of communication skills and cooperative work employers today value.
Resources related to online group work:
- How Can Understanding Group Dynamics Lead to Better Group Work?
- Online Group Work: Making it Meaningful and Manageable
- How Can I Make Online Group Projects More Effective?
- How Do I Assign Students to Groups?
For access to the episode 9 transcript, click here.
Episode 8: Establishing and Revisiting Our Teaching Philosophies and Teaching Personas
Your teaching philosophy helps examine who are you as a teacher and examines what beliefs and values are at the heart of what you do. In this episode, Maryellen Weimer reflects with other instructors on stories and vulnerabilities that helped shape their personas and philosophies in the classroom.
- Who Am I When I Teach? Understanding Teaching Persona
- Considering the Courage and Practice of Teaching
- Teaching Philosophies: Time for a Revisit
- Free report: Examples and Tips on How to Write a Teaching Philosophy Statement
For access to the episode 8 transcript, click here.
Episode 7: Finding the Missing Piece: How to Help Your Students Who Are Struggling with Online Learning
Are some of your students struggling with online learning? Have you seen a decrease in motivation or engagement? If the answer is yes, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad teacher or instructor. It might just mean there’s a missing piece, and today, we’re here to find that missing piece. The piece that recognizes that maybe one, two, a handful, or all of your students are struggling with online learning. We’re here to find the piece that helps incentivize, helps empathize, and helps motivate those students both in the online realm and in-person classroom.
- How Can I Help Students Who Are Struggling with Online Learning?
- How Can I Adapt My Teaching so Students Thrive in a Polysynchronous Classroom?
- Increasing Student Engagement, Persistence, and Success Online Using Emotion Science
For access to the episode 7 transcript, click here.
Episode 6: Live with Glenn Walton: How to Humanize Your Online Environment with Sound Boxes, Screaming Monkeys, and Rubber Chickens
Glenn Walton gives us 9 ½ ways to humanize your teaching in an online environment. From rubber chickens to sound boxes and a screaming monkey, it’s never a dull moment in his classes.
1. Use poll questions and chat box questions
2. Be predictably unpredictable
3. Be visually appealing
4. Be trendy
5. Explain your expectations
6. Be everywhere
7. Design your class to be more inviting and pleasant
8. Course materials
9. Human factors
½. Half way and another half: Ours and yours
This week’s episode is sponsored by The Teaching Professor Conference. Join us in-person or virtually and pursue your passion to teach.
For access to the episode 6 transcript, click here.
Episode 5: Online Discussion Boards: Creative Ideas to Spark Better Conversations and Engage Students
Online discussion boards. It’s something that’s come up a lot this past year as we’ve migrated to the online platform. One of the main questions is how do you get your online discussions to be more than just, “Hey Theresa! I agree with your statement, that’s a great point.”
In this episode, we’ll go over a few things you can do with your online discussion board, from using responses to give narrative shape to creating questions, and specific activities you can use in your discussion board to spark responses that aren’t so mundane.
- How Do I Create Questions that Stimulate Engaging Conversations in Online Discussion Boards?
- What Are Three Proven Ways to Manage My Online Discussion Board and Actively Engage Students?
- How to Design and Facilitate Online Discussions that Improve Student Learning and Engagement
- Free article: How Superheroes Can Bring Your Online Discussion Board to Life
- Free article: Leveraging Bloom’s Taxonomy to Elevate Discussion Boards in Online Courses
- Free report: Tools and Strategies for Engaging Online Students
- 20-Minute Mentor: How Can Discussion Responses Give Narrative Shape to an Online Class?
For access to the episode 5 transcript, click here.
Episode 4: Live with Ken Alford: Seeing Instructors as People, Not Just Textbook Reciters and Question Writers
In this episode, we sit down with Ken Alford to discuss how he’s kept the storytelling element within his online classes and what you can do to help students see you as a person.
“Share your story and let them know that you know life happens to everybody. We’re all in this human drama together, and I think the more we can connect with each other, the better it is. I think anything we can do to keep each other as people and not just textbook reciters and question writers, is helpful.”
Products featuring Ken Alford:
- What is the Best Teaching Advice I Ever Received?
- Creative Course Design: Yes You Can!
- Energize Your Lectures to Help Students Meaningfully Engage with Your Subject
- How Can I Be an Effective Mentor?
- How Can I Effectively Supervise Teaching and Research Assistants?
- How Can I Effectively Mentor Students?
- What are 10 Tips to Collaborate with Colleagues?
- Teaching Underprepared Students
For access to the episode 4 transcript, click here.
Episode 3: Using Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Is it Possible to "Let it Go?"
You became a beacon of light for your students and offered their lives some peace, stability, and encouragement. As we move forward, what techniques can we use to deal with stressors (small or big), and how can we implement trauma-informed pedagogy into our classes to help support students during a pandemic?
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Magna Online Seminar: Cultivate Resilience: Six Steps for Stress Inoculation
- Magna Online Seminar: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy: Teaching in Uncertain Times
- Teaching Professor article: A Memo to Students on Punching through the Pandemic
- Faculty Focus free report: 10 Tips for Designing an Online Learning Environment that Supports Your Students
- Faculty Focus article: Helping Students Create a Daily Practice of Self-Connection
- Faculty Focus article: Our Online Learners Need More Empathy and Less Criticism
For access to the episode 3 transcript, click here.
Episode 2: Asynchronous vs Synchronous: Engaging, Conveying, Injecting, and Building
Many have done quite remarkable things with both asynchronous and synchronous activities, and numerous instructors use a mix of both. In this episode, we’ll dive into specific techniques instructors are using that have the potential to build community, convey information, assess learning, and inject your personality.
Resources mentioned in this episode:
- 20-Minute Mentor: How Do I Choose Between Synchronous and Asynchronous Activities?
- Faculty Focus article: A Reflection on the Sudden Transition: Ideas to Make Your Synchronous Online Classes More Fun
- Faculty Focus article: A Game a Day: Fun and Dynamic Synchronous Online Learning
- 20-Minute Mentor: How Can I Maximize the First 10 Minutes of Remote Teaching to Spark Student Engagement?
For access to the episode 2 transcript, click here.
Episode 1: Classroom Assessment Techniques: Does This Make Sense to Everyone?
In episode one, we’ll be taking a dive into different classroom assessment techniques that you can begin using in your own courses, both online and face-to-face. From application cards to a pros and cons list and even a polling system, there are numerous techniques you can use to make sure your students are following along, engaged, and learning.
Resources mentioned in this episode: