This afternoon, we'll be facilitating a session on active learning to engage your students with their peers and with the content in meaningful ways. In the meantime, here's a great Faculty Focus article, "Enhancing Student Engagement & Interaction with Online Digital Tools."
This one is a little bit of a Base Camp refresher - how to find free music for your projects!
So here we are, the last Tuesday of the Fall 2020 semester… Let’s face it, just the fact that you are still here (and reading my Tuesday message) is a major win!
There is no teaching tip from me to you this week; instead I wanted to offer kudos to you, one and all, for surviving one heck of a year.
But as I was watching the first “Ditch Summit” video this morning (see last week’s Tech Tuesday post), one thing that stood out to me was the suggestion that perhaps it is time for us to gravitate toward the notion of thriving, rather than merely surviving, in this COVID-and-beyond environment. The more I considered it, the more I realized how much evidence there has been among my CGCC colleagues of growth (personal and professional), dedication to students and their learning, and continued excellence in spite of – or perhaps because of – the pandemic. So, I hope that you’ll allow me to share just a few of the positives that I’ve observed over these last nine months:
Soooooooo… 2020 has been a long haul for all of us, and the last thing you are thinking about right now is professional development, but how often do you get the opportunity for a FREE Teaching Summit with dozens of available video presentations? And it all takes place over Winter Break, so you don’t have that old “I’m so busy… classes… students… meetings…” hanging over your head – you can just kick back and enjoy!
You all know that I am the biggest advocate ever for free tools, but this week I want to share one of the most-used tools in my arsenal, which did in fact cost me about $30 - TechSmith's SnagIt.
A lot of software companies these days work on a subscription basis, but the $29.99 education price pays for a license, not a periodic subscription fee (you will need to provide proof that you are an educator in order to take advantage of the education pricing).
I use SnagIt pretty much on a daily basis, for many tasks:
This week's post is in response to a question that I received recently about the best hardware to use for recording. Anyone who knows me will be able to guess my response: "It depends!"
Just so everyone knows, I won't be posting next week. Also, in lieu of a Live session next Tuesday afternoon, we encourage you to peruse the prerecorded sessions!
DID YOU KNOW that the LOL content can be helpful for ANY class, in ANY teaching modality? Yes, we had fun with the name, but there are useful tips and tools for any instructor, whether they are teaching synchronously, asynchronously, hybrid, or - eventually - face-to-face. Click on any of the session icons below to watch the recording!
This week's tip is short and sweet - want to have some fun with fonts in the easiest way possible? Try cooltext.com! This 3-minute video shows how simple it is to create eye-catching banners and titles for documents, slides, Canvas pages, and more.
DON'T FORGET - if you have other questions about Teaching, Learning, and/or Assessment, contact the CTLA!
Small group activities... online?
Institutions of higher education around the world are providing their faculty with resources for online instruction that is active and engaging - read on for ideas, tips, tricks, and recommended practices.
We are approaching the halfway point of the semester - are your students still with you?
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