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Planning a Workshop on AI Tools (like ChatGPT) for Your School

ChatGPT by OpenAI and similar AI tools have been a hot topic for educators the past few months. Instructors are excited and/or concerned. A lot of educational developers are doing or plan on doing workshops and webinars on how educators

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Sample Teaching & Learning Resources

Here are some sample teaching & learning resources I’ve created over the years.  There are a bunch more training courses, videos, and other resources, but most of them are not publicly accessible: Videos Canvas Essentials Part 1, Part 2, Part

Posted in Student Success, teaching

Checklist for Launching and Facilitating Your Online Canvas Course

Below is a checklist for launching your online (Canvas) course (plus optional Microsoft Team), as well as some tips for effective online facilitation, communication, and interaction with your students. 1. Canvas Beginning of Semester Checklist Check items such as these

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Reducing Bias In and Out of the Classroom

Bias affects many of the things we do in higher education, but there are some techniques that can help mitigate it.  This in turn can help increase equity, which one might define as a freedom from bias. Here are some

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Strategies to Help Struggling Students Turn It Around

Here are some techniques you can try mid-semester to help struggling students turn it around: Boost engagement and faculty-student interaction with some of these easy-to-use ideas to improve your students’ participation, attitude, and learning from EngageEngineering.  There are ideas that

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Tips for Flipping the Classroom and Effective Videos

What is Flipping the Classroom? Flipping the classroom is an evidence-based teaching technique that usually involves moving some lectures online to free up time during class for more active learning strategies like peer instruction or collaborative learning. A more official

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Posted in Educational Technology, Evidence-Based Pedagogy, Online Teaching & Learning

Finding and Using Open Educational Resources

Did a workshop on Finding and Using Open Educational Resources (#OER) on Learning Day.  Here some of the resources we checked out: We also tried to make the case for open textbooks and OER to the Learning Council and

Posted in Open Education

Anticipating and Addressing Student Resistance in Your Courses

There have long been calls for using evidence-based teaching techniques and technologies in the classroom to improve student success.  For example the 2012 “Engage to Excel” report by the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) notes that “Classroom approaches

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Posted in education, Evidence-Based Pedagogy, Online Teaching & Learning, teaching

Resources for Supporting Students in Psychological Distress

Here are a few resources related to supporting students (and others) in psychological distress: 1. Trauma-Informed Practices for Postsecondary Education: A Guide (pdf) Mentioned in this related article: “What Trauma Looks Like in College-Aged Students and Adult Learners“ 2. Mental

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Updated Handout – Tips & Tools for Family-Safe Usage of Devices

I updated an old handout I made for parents at the elementary school where my wife used to work: Tips & Tools for Family-Safe Usage of Devices. It has suggestions for parents to help monitor and support their children’s use of

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Doug Holton

Faculty developer. Interests: developing educational technology; faculty & student development; learning sciences & psychology.

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