January brings with it the comfortable familiarity of a completed fall semester and the newness and opportunities of a spring semester waiting to begin. Before the first day of the semester, consider these strategies to promote student success. Welcome students. Send a welcoming email or Canvas announcement to your class (see the communication strategies page). Let students … Continue reading Five strategies for a successful start for your students (Teaching Tip)
Start with the end in mind. It seems like pretty straightforward advice for a lot of things in life. And, although it isn’t always considered when creating a new course, or modifying an existing one, it can create a very useful framework for course design. Often this approach to course design is called “backward design”. … Continue reading Good Course Design Makes All The Difference
Now that we are mostly through Fall Semester’s Dead Week, it is time to really start thinking about Spring Semester. And, that brings me to the syllabus for your spring course. The syllabus is the ‘first impression’ students have of our course. Because we only have one chance to make a first impression, I believe … Continue reading Don’t Give Me a Paper Syllabus with Hyperlinks ‘Cuz I Can’t Click on Them!
Welcome Back! As a kick-off to the new semester, I wanted to share a recent article from The Chronicle about Syllabus Day titled, The Absolute Worst Way to Start the Semester. It got me thinking how to maximize time with my students on the first day of class this fall. It is a quick read … Continue reading Welcome Back