Engaging Students

One of the big differences between teaching in person vs online is the perceived separation.. Because of this separation many people are more comfortable not talking and just listening. I call that phenomenon crickets referring to when the teacher asks a question and nobody responds. There are several ways to reduce the crickets phenomenon: Ask […]

Preparing Your Teaching Materials

The first part of modifying your teaching material is to ensure all of your content is digitized and available in an online environment. This means any videos you play with a DVD or VHS tape for your students, you will need to find it online in a video sharing service such as YouTube. It also […]

appropriate space

Create an Optimum Space

Now that you have been in and out of a few sessions and are comfortable with the software, the next step is to create an optimum space from which to teach. Things to consider are: A comfortable chair and desk with ample space for your keyboard and mouse as well as your notes for class. […]

Teaching online Intro

First Time Teaching Online

Having worked with instructors for the past 10 years or so, teaching them how to teach online, I have always felt it is a good way to reach a large number of people at a low cost, because travel is not required, and improved convenience. But with the current situation of the Coronavirus many instructors […]

Flipped DL Classrom

I’ve always understood and appreciated the concept of a flipped classroom; don’t waste class time having students get the concept from the instructor when there are so many online videos and resources out there to teach the topic.  It’s better to use class time for Q&A and projects that help the students really understand. But sometimes […]

Activities not just lecture

From my experience teaching introduction to computers class at the local CSU and Junior Colleges, lectures put students to sleep, no matter how animated you are.  They need to be actively thinking and doing something to stay awake and learn something.  There is a lot of research out there to confirm this, but here is […]

Google Classroom, not quite an LMS

Even without getting details about Google Classroom, it definitely does not seem like it’s a full LMS like Sakai, Blackboard Learn or Moodle, just a simplified version with very basic functionality heavily integrated with Google applications.

Bad Presentations

I continue to see bad presentations everywhere I go and sometime I just want to reach out and help the presenter improve, but I know everyone is not open to it. I know there are a lot out there, including a book series which I own, Presentation Zen, but I recently came across another article […]

Educational Technology

For the last several years I’ve been doing technology training and support for the NPS learning management system (Sakai) and synchronous meeting tool (Elluminate).  I’ve been the guy who shows instructors which buttons to press to have the systems do what they want to do. Now my boss is getting me involved in working with […]