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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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Faculty November 17, 2020
In Pursuit of Intrinsic Motivation Part 1: Interactive Reading Assignments with Perusall

“How do I know if my students are doing the readings?”

This age-old question of education became ever more prevalent during the shift to remote learning throughout the pandemic. To help answer this question, Dr. Chelse Prather from the Department of Biology uploaded her readings to the Perusall tool within Isidore. Read on to see how this tool elevated her class discussions and allowed her to cover more content than ever before. 

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Faculty November 10, 2020
The Silver Lining of Teaching in the Pandemic
Your days right now likely seem full of endless Zoom calls, online grading, mountains of email, and Isidore interactions, all from the isolation of your home. The feeling of being burnt out is more real than ever. But let’s imagine for a second how the new skills you've gained and the adaptability you've embraced will benefit you in the post-pandemic world.
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Technology November 05, 2020
Heartbeat: Growing the Team & Isidore Improvements
A "heartbeat" article is intended to provide a glimpse behind the scenes of the work a team is doing. This is eLearning's first ever heartbeat post! We'll tell you what we've been working on for the past 6 weeks and updates about our team. We'll also share what we're working on next!
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