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Faculty January 03, 2021
Overcoming Zoom Doom, Doldrums, and Blahs: Engagement Strategies for Virtual Class Meetings
We’ve all experienced the feeling of “Zoom Doom”, whether we’re attending a class session, conference presentation, meeting, or family get-together. While Zoom is an amazing collaboration tool, it can fall short if engagement strategies aren’t incorporated into class meetings. Continue reading for some ideas and techniques to help you and your learners stay engaged throughout the semester.
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Faculty January 02, 2021
Staring into the Zoom Mirror: Solving the Empty Office Hour Problem
There's something especially frustrating and exhausting about sitting in an empty Zoom room waiting for folks to drop-in. But, this is the reality for many instructors conducting office hours during the pandemic. In this article, I posit a few theories as to why the Zoom void feels worse and suggest a few ways to make Zoom office hours more beneficial for you and your students.
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Faculty January 01, 2021
Planning For the First Two Weeks Online in Spring 2021
The most important time in ANY semester is the beginning. As the instructor, you get one shot at that critical first impression. One shot to set the initial tone. Whether the semester is standard... or a little weird. Here are three steps we suggest for getting started this spring.
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Faculty December 30, 2020
What We Learned from the Fall 2020 Student Online Learning Survey: Themes and Take-aways
The Office of eLearning delivered an optional survey for students at the end of the fall semester aimed at learning more about their experiences online and in the blended environment. The goal of this article is to provide a quick preview of the major themes that surfaced from four questions in hopes that it will be helpful as you prepare for the spring term and build on what you did in 2020.
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Faculty December 28, 2020
Bring Your Pet to Class Day
In Dr. Steve Wilhoit's Honors Writing Seminar this past semester, students write a final essay about their life goals. As part of the writing process, students workshop their writing together, which requires sharing this personal information. During a typical semester, Dr. Wilhoit has no trouble establishing the camaraderie required for students to trust each other, but how can this be accomplished with students split between online and in-person learning? In this post, Dr. Wilhoit explains how "Bring Your Pet to Class" day helped bridge this divde.
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Faculty December 18, 2020
A Semester with the FlexTeaching Listserv
Since the inception of the FlexTeaching listserv at UD in June, 229 participants have joined the listserv. There have been 202 unique discussion threads and 885 messages exchanged throughout those threads. If the goal of the listserv was to enrich the faculty-to-faculty support network, then I think the listserv has been a resounding success. In this post, I summarize some of the insights shared by instructors this past semester. 
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Faculty December 16, 2020
The Problem with Thinking “After COVID”
There is a common sentiment in COVID-era higher ed that if we muddle through and do the best we can, everything will eventually go back to normal; Once we survive this, we can get back to providing the optimized learning experiences University of Dayton students expect. And that is a problem. Our attitude should be one of positivity and determination.
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Faculty December 14, 2020
No One Should Go Unaccompanied: Interview with English Department Chair, Dr. Andy Slade
Over the summer months, as many faculty dug deep and began their work to prepare for the semester, I was keenly aware of how daunting and monumental the task felt. How could faculty make sense of the huge amount of information being shared? In my interview with Dr. Andy Slade, Chair of the English Department, I learn how he helped English faculty support each other by creating "E-Learning development groups" where they shared their struggles, their successes, and their questions.
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Faculty December 07, 2020
Keeping Your Students on Track with Checklists
Help students stay on track by adding weekly checklists to your Isidore course sites.
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Faculty November 30, 2020
Practical Tips to Refresh Your Blended Classroom With Engaging Assessments
Instructional designer Kent Darr shares 4 alternative approaches to assessment and how to accomplish them using UD's technology and tools.
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