Category: Quick Tip

Apr 05

Google URL shortener

Have you ever run into problems sending a really long URL (web address) in an email or posted it as a link?  Sometimes the sheer length of the URL can cause it to “break” or make it hard to copy and paste if it doesn’t show up as a “live” link. One solution  a URL shortener? …

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Mar 30

Quizzes: Going beyond memorization

Do you use regular quizzes in your class?  You can use quizzes not only for memorized “factoids” but also to engage students.  Here’s an article that discusses some different types of quizzes: “Five Types of Quizzes That Deepen Engagement with Course Content” – Maryellen Weimer, Faculty Focus, March 30 2016 How do you use quizzes in …

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Sep 10

More About Drawing Stick Figures

stickman bullet

It looks like our Faculty Challenge #5 might been too difficult or you didn’t quite buy the premise that stick figure drawings could enhance your courses. I’ve a couple of articles to help persuade you that a) it might be worth your time and b) you HAVE the requisite talent, even if you, like me, “can’t …

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Sep 08

Capturing Your Student’s FULL Attention

Attention Span

Back in June of 2014 Saga Briggs wrote The Science of Attention: How To Capture and Hold the Attention of Easily Distracted Students. In this article she describes the findings of research which indicates that university students do best when their attention is captured by periods of active learning. She then gives the reader 15 Tricks …

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Sep 03

Discussion Board Improves Exam Scores: Success Shared by KPC Faculty

Susan Mircovich

I always think we learn best from our colleagues and I recently heard from Susan Mircovich, Assistant Professor of Chemistry for Kenai Peninsula College of something that she did which was very successful. I asked Susan to write it up for me so I could share it with all of the faculty reading the FLC. …

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Jul 27

From the Chronicle of Higher Education: Finals or Grand Finale?

Wait! It’s the beginning of a new academic year, why are we talking about final examination time? If you are familiar with McTighe and Wggins Understanding by Design Framework (see our lending library for resources) you will remember that before you begin to design, develop or teach a course you identify “What should students know, …

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Jul 14

Tech Tuesday: More Photo and Image Editing Tools

List of Free Photo Image Editors

eLearning Industry has just compiled a nice alphabetized list of 30 free photo and image editing tools for educators. A few of these tools do more than just edit images and are available on both desktop, laptop, and mobile devices. Since it’s summer, we felt you might have time to play with some of these …

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Jun 02

Tech Tuesday – QR Codes

A QR code (Quick Response) is a readable bar-code that contains more or additional information than you want to have displayed on your web site, presentation, eLearning course, poster or handout. The code can be read using a free app and your phone’s camera. A simple search for QR codes in the app store will …

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May 20

Let Students Summarize the Lesson

Students working at computer

Today Faculty Focus shared a post titled “Let Students Summarize the Previous Lesson” by Maryellen Weimer. It struck home to me and I want to share her post and add some ideas. She emphasized the importance of making connections between class sessions or online, between weekly modules/presentations. However, rather than the instructor making these connections Weimer suggests …

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Apr 14

Tech Tuesday – Article Clean up

For all of you Breaking Bad fans…and everyone else! If you encounter a hard to read web site or a mobile mess; you better call Saul! Send cleaned up articles to your students and colleagues. They won’t be confused about what it is they are supposed to be reading and they won’t getting sidetracked by all the …

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