The University of Nebraska at Omaha’s API (Academic Partnership for Instruction) team presented 2 topics today at the 2015 Technology Symposium. Our API Faculty Portal made its debut for all university sites to preview. It is our hope that our site will be a resource for other university instructional design teams and faculty to use when looking for new ways to present information or new ways to have their students present their learning.
Check back later for the video of Erin King Reitz presenting Selecting Activities for Online Courses that Acknowledge Learning Style Preferences workshop!
Open Educational Resources (OERs) offer instructors opportunities to integrate freely-available course materials to support their teaching and learning activities.
Dr. Karen K. Hein, Senior Coordinator for the Teaching & Technology Center at UNO, provides a brief overview of OERs, highlighting intellectual property rights and resources for locating and accessing these types of materials.
Classroom instructors may already be familiar with Minute Papers, the Muddiest Point and Background Knowledge Probes. These tools can be invaluable for gauging how well students absorbed the content in a class session. Just because you teach online doesn’t mean you can’t use these techniques as well. Here’s how to blend the techniques with tools built-in to Blackboard.
- Minute Papers can be done as either Blogs or Journals. If you want the students’ writing to be private between her/him and you then opt for the Journal. After each content module ask students to post their response to a question such as “What was the most important thing you learned during this module?” or “What important question remains unanswered?” Encourage students to do this quickly and to be honest and require that they Continue reading