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8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom

8 Strategies to Improve Participation in Your Virtual Classroom | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Educators share their best synchronous and asynchronous strategies to boost student participation during online learning.
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There are many elements of virtual platforms that we can tap on to improve student participation in an online classroom. Read on to find out some of the best practices shared by educators who incorporated different strategies in virtual learning!  

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How higher education transforms learners and develops self-identify

How higher education transforms learners and develops self-identify | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
A learning framework can help students understand their transition from higher education to the professional world as well as support their holistic experience of university life

Via Peter Mellow
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Higher education may be a transformative point in a student's journey as they seek to develop a professional identity in the community, society and the world. The article contains practical information on how we may help students to acquire the knowledge and skills needed in this transitional stage of their life based on the principal of “Learning as becoming”. 

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3 Steps for Teachers Seeking to Be Lifelong Learners

3 Steps for Teachers Seeking to Be Lifelong Learners | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Engaging in a process of learning, unlearning, and relearning puts educators on a path to continuous improvement.
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To be an educator would mean to be a lifelong learner too. As we seek to “learn, unlearn, and relearn”, explore 3 different strategies to help in the journey of continuous learning.

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What Is Padlet? Teachers Step by Step Guide via @educatorsTech 

What Is Padlet? Teachers Step by Step Guide via @educatorsTech  | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Learn how to use Padlet with your students to collaborate, curate, and share digital content.

Via Tom D'Amico (@TDOttawa)
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With the diverse range of technological tools out there, we've got to be deliberate in choosing what would best fit the content, the teaching strategies, etc. 

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Increasing Student Engagement During Synchronous Online Classes | Faculty Focus

Increasing Student Engagement During Synchronous Online Classes | Faculty Focus | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it

"Instructors should try a different approach that increases motivation in classroom activities and assignments—shifting the role of the instructor in synchronous classrooms to a moderator and centering student’s voice."

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To move away from frontal teaching during synchronous online lessons and towards student centre-learning, read on for strategies to build rapport and routines with students to create meaningful engagement online. 

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Why self-compassion is important for teachers

Why self-compassion is important for teachers | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
People working in the education system are usually under a lot of stress. That's why self-compassion is important for teachers.
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Practice and embody self-compassion as you review your teaching this semester and prepare for the upcoming semester! 

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Peer Feedback: Making It Meaningful 

Peer Feedback: Making It Meaningful  | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
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Apart from the use of checklists and rubrics, try using a choice board to enable meaningful peer feedback process and engagement. 

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‘Failure to Disrupt,’ Learning at Scale and Higher Ed After COVID-19 | Learning Innovation

‘Failure to Disrupt,’ Learning at Scale and Higher Ed After COVID-19 | Learning Innovation | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Why you should read Justin Reich’s essential new book before planning your school’s next big educational technology-related initiative.
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Technology use is now prevalent in the modern learning landscape. The article provides an overview of the book, 'Failure to Disrupt', where the author explores how adopting technology alone is unlikely to be effective towards student learning, if thought is not put in to consider the pedagogy adopted for the class.

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8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online

This video list of insights comes from experts in the field of online teaching. Here is a collection of 8 lessons that might improve your online course!

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"Let your teaching strategies drive the technology of your online lesson" 

 

8 key and very applicable reminders as we continue to refine our online lessons. 

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9 student observations about online learning

9 student observations about online learning | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Students spoke candidly about what's working--and what isn't--during online learning in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
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"People can’t learn all in the same way, so he tries to accommodate different learning styles" What have students observed in online lessons and what do they want? 

 

These 9 observations are accompanied by strategies to meet students' needs in online learning, ranging from content knowledge needs to overall well-being. 

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Leveraging the Power of Discussion in Online Learning

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This article shares 3 ways for powerful and meaningful discussions that are student-centred. 

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Six Ways to Reshape Your Feedback and Increase Student Engagement | Turnitin

Six Ways to Reshape Your Feedback and Increase Student Engagement | Turnitin | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
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These 6 ways act as a reminder to think about the principles that undergird current assessment practices.

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Reduce Workloads to Ease Students’ Stress: Faculty Insights

Reduce Workloads to Ease Students’ Stress: Faculty Insights | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Students may feel overwhelmed with the new demands of online learning. Faculty members at AUC share tips on how they try to reduce stress.
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Keeping the communication line simple is a strategy mentioned in the article to prevent cognitive overload in an online learning environment. Read on for more strategies and practices to ease students' workload without compromising academic performance. 

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What role do emotions play in learning?

What role do emotions play in learning? | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
If educators understand the factors that interplay with emotional states to affect learning, they can work with this to enhance the learning experience. Here are six strategies to manage the role of emotions in learning
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Emotions are an integral aspect of a students' learning journey and may be easily influenced by educators like yourselves or their peers.
Positive emotions may lead to several benefits such as higher level of motivation and retention rate. Read on to find out we may manage the emotions of our students and enhance their learning experience!

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Short and Sweet: The Educational Benefits of Microlectures and Active Learning

Short and Sweet: The Educational Benefits of Microlectures and Active Learning | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
The combination of short videos and the techniques of active learning can create rich, engaging educational experiences to maximize learning.

Via Peter Mellow
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Microlectures with active learning aspects such as embedding interactive quizzes, seeking written content from students, and incorporating pause-points can help to provide students' engagement and learning performance.

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Harvard Business Publishing Education

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"“Because learning is a process, educators must explore strategies for evaluating learning that actually help students master the content—not just regurgitate it.”" Assessment should not just be a tool that helps teachers assess learning transfer, but also aimed at helping students applying these concepts in other real-world settings. 

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Lesson ideas - Seeing student engagement in real-time using Miro for teaching and collaboration

Live lesson ideas - How can I use multiple resources on one whiteboard without switching screens and see student engagement in real-time?

I've just finished preparing my chemistry lesson for next week. I just wanted to share how I'm using Miro https://miro.com/apps/ to prepare my presentation and getting student response.
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Miro provides a free educational account plan to members of educational institutions. If you are interested to get a free account, please visit the following link: https://help.miro.com/hc/en-us/articles/360017730473-Education-Plan

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'Cultivating Student Questioning Is Not a One-time Thing' 

'Cultivating Student Questioning Is Not a One-time Thing'  | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it

Develop student capacity as questioners by strengthening the skill, nurturing the will, and creating an environment where learners experience the thrill of asking questions that matter.

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A key aspect of knowledge-building is to get students actively involved and engaged in the learning process - Being able to ask meaningful questions as one moves through the various threads of knowledge is essential for students to build upon prior and new knowledge, and acquire ownership of their own learning. Read on for various ways to enable students to ask varying types of questions to embolden and enrich their learning process. 

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Artificial intelligence is infiltrating higher ed, from admissions to grading

Artificial intelligence is infiltrating higher ed, from admissions to grading | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it

Many people think AI is smarter than people,” said Wang, of Turnitin. But the AI is us. It’s a mirror that reflects us to us, and sometimes in very exaggerated ways.

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AI tools like Turnitin are widely used in many institutes of higher learning but how effective are these tools, and how can we better leverage these AI tools so that the essential processes of teaching and learning are not compromised? 

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Andragogical Considerations: How eLearning Helps

Andragogical Considerations: How eLearning Helps | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
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How are the features of online learning relevant and meaningful for the adult learner? Use these features to better structure and facilitate your online lessons to engage adult learners online. 

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Strategies for teaching online and in person simultaneously (opinion)

Strategies for teaching online and in person simultaneously (opinion) | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Amy E. Crook and Travis W. Crook outline strategies to promote meaningful engagement for online students while at the same time providing a rich face-to-face learning environment.
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With the shift towards hybrid learning to accommodate the modern learner, it is timely to review strategies that can be incorporated in such a class to meet the needs of both the online learner and in-class students.

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Engaging Students Online: Strategies to Enhance Your Classroom Community with Google Drawings, Google Slides, and Google Docs | Faculty Focus

Engaging Students Online: Strategies to Enhance Your Classroom Community with Google Drawings, Google Slides, and Google Docs | Faculty Focus | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
The following three, free Google tools pair with active learning strategies to provide multiple opportunities for student engagement.
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Apply these learning strategies for both asynchronous and synchronous lessons that leverage on collaborative Google tools to boost student engagement. A compelling example shared is the use of Google Slides to carry out the Jigsaw teaching strategy! Read on to find out more. 

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Why online HE should be about learning, not teaching

Why online HE should be about learning, not teaching | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
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“What are we putting online? Teaching? Or learning?”

 

A pertinent read on how we should strive to shape our online lessons. 

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Students Are Distracted. What Can Educators Do About It? | EdSurge News

Students Are Distracted. What Can Educators Do About It? | EdSurge News | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it

Students these days are distracted. Devices and social-media notifications constantly beckon, and in this time of COVID-19 and widespread remote instruction, the distractions have multiplied.

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"Attention is susceptible to fatigue". How can educators minimise or better still prevent the occurrence of such fatigue of attention? 

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This Semester, Don’t Forget Participation Feedback! | Faculty Focus

This Semester, Don’t Forget Participation Feedback! | Faculty Focus | T&L Online Space for SUSS Teaching Staff | Scoop.it
Here are suggested practices for assessing and offering feedback on participation, especially for faculty teaching in diverse environments.
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While we strongly encourage active participation in lessons, do we also provide adequate and useful feedback for such participations? This article elucidates the various ways in which meaningful feedback on students' participation can be clearly conveyed. 

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