Sample Syllabus Quiz Questions

A syllabus quiz acts as a contract to verify understanding of important elements of the syllabus. The purpose of a syllabus quiz is not only to familiarize students with the syllabus content, but also gives students a chance to reflect on questions that were asked in previous terms. This helps the instructor avoid answering the same questions repeatedly, and a syllabus quiz can ensure that students are responsible for their own learning.

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Create Embeddable Videos with YouTube in 5 Steps

During the planning and design phase with an instructional designer, an instructor decides the best method to deliver content and present information. It might be that a Google doc, infographic or mentormob is needed, but keep in mind the value of video. Research supports the effectiveness in creating a sense of instructor presence through the use of video.

When instructionally aligned and where appropriate, engage your students with a video announcement, video introduction to a chapter, video demo, video instructions, video discussion of a complex topic, video of a special guest or get creative and make a video to promote an activity or assignment. Remember to offer options, consider accessibility, pay attention to camera angle, sound quality and lighting, but most of all enjoy the experience. Solicit feedback from your students to find out what worked. Start small and keep it short.

Follow these five easy steps for creating embeddable videos with YouTube. The timing of each step can vary depending on your skill and YouTube’s processing speed.
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HTML Pell-Mell

This post is specific to ASU Online courses in Pearson LearningStudio.

“HTML does NOT stand for having the time of my life!”

This was my initial reaction when discovering that I needed to learn about HyperText Markup Language (HTML) while working towards my master’s degree several years ago. I’ve now grown an appreciation for this markup language, and I would like to provide a few, basic tips when you feel ready to venture beyond the Design tab into the HTML tab in your LearningStudio courses.

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Managing Instructor Presence Online

You’ve probably heard the phrase, Online education should be about the learning interaction, not the technology. However, managing instructor presence and fostering a community online is easier said than done when one is developing courses in different platforms, teaching, grading, researching, lecturing, etc.

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Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

When you begin creating a course, you want to design with the end in mind. The best way to approach this is to start by writing measurable, learning objectives. Effective learning objectives use action verbs to describe what you want your students to be able to do by the end of the course or unit. Aligning assessments with course expectations is much easier when you have written measurable objectives from the beginning.

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Video Tips

Your course deadline is approaching and many of you will be heading to one of the studios to record your Meet Your Instructor, Course Tour/Introduction, Weekly Lecture and/or Weekly Topic videos. I came across some great advice for making videos and thought I would share.

Here’s a tip for the week: Shorter videos are more engaging—think of the popular TED Talks.

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Embedding Audio

Have you thought about adding audio clips to enhance your online courses? There are several ways to do this. Try at least one of the following:

  • Introduce yourself.
  • Introduce a lesson.
  • Create a podcast.
  • Record a scenario for a case study.
  • Share interviews with professionals or with experts on the topic.
  • Provide pronunciation assistance for difficult vocabulary or foreign languages.

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Icebreakers: Engage learners with simple activities that foster openness and creativity!

According to the wiki, Teaching With Technology, icebreakers are techniques or strategies used during the beginning of class or a unit to reduce tension and involve the students in a light and effective way. Icebreakers are important for online learners, because the face-to-face interaction is not readily available.

I’ve compiled a list of icebreaker ideas using Scoop.it! You can view them here.