Most instructors have come to the realization that participation wains at a course’s midway point and takes some time to recover. How can we minimize this drop in motivation? A colleague, I won’t mention Carl by name, said that he is motivated by badges (or “achievements” in Blackboard), both in class and online. What are … Read more
Recently I had used Padlet to host a discussion forum. However, I discovered Padlet, being a collaborative PostIt note application, wasn’t an effective tool to use for this activity. Padlet would be a wonderful app to replicate what you see in this picture (a wall of sticky notes created in a brainstorming session). What other … Read more
Thomas Edison once said, “Just because something doesn’t do what you planned it to do doesn’t mean it’s useless.” What is one technology that you thought you’d never warm up to but have? Have you used it in your classroom? If so, how? If not, why not?
Students have said that although they would like to use a variety of technologies to submit assignments, time constraints have limited their choice to text (Reaching Students in Online Courses Using Alternative Formats, 2017). Describe a submission that has stood out and seemingly overcame time constraints.
We are becoming more accepting of late assignments due to the growing use of technology and subsequent related technical difficulties. In addition, flexibility is a key concept in universal design for learning and can improve learning in the classroom. Share with us your personal stories around flexible learning.
We at ETS have heard Blackboard being described as everything from essential to a hindrance. In your opinion, what one word would best describe Blackboard and why?
Fundamentally, technology is here to connect ideas to people, people to ideas and help turn ideas into reality. Students have ideas and when given the freedom to choose their own medium, their engagement increases leading to better outcomes. In today’s classroom, educators are now more likely to be required to act as guides and facilitators giving … Read more
A 47 year-old student came in to ETS. He is being re-skilled through WorkSafeBC and is new to UFV. He just learned how to use email in his ENGL 090 class. He said he couldn’t believe he lived without it. What transferable technologies might students take away from your courses?
Many teachers have said they don’t want to use too much technology in their course for fear of overwhelming their students and frustrating them. What is your idea of “too much” technology?
Instructors have often said that students come to UFV campus because they like the sense of community that exists. Their students say they prefer it to online learning. How have you created a “sense of community” or have been in a learning community online?