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
On February 27, 2015 I had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Patrick McNamara, Visiting Assistant Professor in the department of Political Science, and record some of his thoughts to share with the community. Dr. McNamara has been teaching online for about a year, including a graduate seminar dealing with Global Challenges. A recurring theme for Dr. McNamara is that of critical thinking. He has shared some of the resources provided in his Global Challenges course with us.
How often have you thought…Where did I save that file? Is it on Box? Google Drive? My Documents Folder? Or is it in Blackboard? Then, once you figure out where it was saved….do you have to navigate through folders and search to find the version you need to update? With so many storage options available, it is hard to remember where you saved the last version of a file you may have worked on.
Here at UNO, we offer Box and Google Drive for Cloud-based storage. You may also use Blackboard to store course documents and Microsoft OneNote to save your meeting minutes. Finally, you may have a laptop and a USB drive to store presentations and other documents. With so many devices and applications, it is easy to get lost and end up with multiple versions of the same file in different locations.
Full- and part-time UNO faculty are invited to the Teaching & Technology Center (TTC), located in Kayser Hall room 538, where API will host viewing sessions and brief discussions for three upcoming Web conferences: