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09/28/2020
Etiquette in the Virtual Classroom
With the necessary changes brought about by teaching during a pandemic, and the sudden shift to virtual lectures, students and faculty are trying to navigate unfamiliar terrain when it comes to the etiquette of our virtual spaces, especially if video is involved. This article will break down the common rules that create virtual classrooms with inclusive and respectful environments that are conducive to teaching and learning.
09/24/2020
Instructor Presence Series Part 1: More Than Just an Email Address
Implementing instructor presence can be a challenging aspect of teaching in the online environment. However, understanding the different dimensions of teaching online will help you design and/or facilitate a course in which students identify you as their instructor, a human being, as more than just a name attached to an email address.
09/24/2020
Instructor Presence Series Part 4: Pre-Course Planning
Frontloading an online course with your policies, communication plan, and prework assignments eases beginning-of-semester stress for both you and your students once the course opens. Learn 3 strategies for prepping your course and students for success in this article.
09/24/2020
Instructor Presence Series Part 3: Communication and Visibility
Discover easily actionable ideas to be more visible to your online students and improve communication with them throughout the semester.
09/24/2020
Instructor Presence Series Part 2: The Importance of Instructor Presence
Studies and articles invariably state that frequent and intentional online instructor presence has a positive effect on student engagement and satisfaction. This article explores direct feedback from Miami Regionals students when asked about instructor presence in their online courses.
09/24/2020
Instructor Presence Series Part 5: Engagement and Facilitation
Engaging students and facilitating their learning experience in the online environment may seem more daunting than in a face-to-face setting, but it doesnÂ’t have to be. This article covers key ways to keep students engaged throughout your online course.
09/21/2020
Inspire Discussion and Engagement with Creative Canvas Discussion Boards
Discussions are a critical part of student learning, but both in-person and online discussions can have lackluster results if not structured and facilitated properly. This article explores the potential challenges of discussion boards, the various roles instructors can have within them, as well as class discussion format options and tips for creating and managing effective ones.
08/10/2020
Zoom, Webex, or Google Meet: Which Video Conferencing Tool Is Right For Me?
Miami University faculty, students, and staff have access to 3 different tools that can be used for virtual classes and meetings: Zoom, Webex, and Google Meet. This matrix breaks down the most commonly used features and their availability on each platform, so that you can choose the tool that best meets your needs.
08/03/2020
Utilizing the Canvas and Webex Integration to Seamlessly Deliver and Record Virtual Lectures
Webex makes it easy to collaborate with others and can be integrated with your Canvas course site to deliver and record virtual lectures and create groups all within Canvas!