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News Archive for 2014


October 9, 2014

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog

There are purists among us who would say that we should never lecture, but I don’t think that’s terribly realistic, and I’m still not ready to totally rule out lectures. As faculty, we bring expertise to learners and having an...

October 9, 2014

Tests and quizzes are often the primary means of assessing online learner performance; however, as Rena Palloff and Keith Pratt, online instructors and coauthors of numerous online learning books, including Lessons from the Virtual Classroom: The Realities of Online Teaching (2013), point out, there are more effective and less problematic...

September 30, 2014

The idea for sharing this post came from a session I recently conducted at the annual teaching conference organized by my university. A pedagogical conundrum was raised by a colleague whose enthusiasm and question stayed with me and inspired me to write this post. The question posed by...

September 23, 2014

By: Mary Clement, EdD. in Faculty Evaluation

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With each semester’s end comes the often-dreaded course evaluation process. Will the students be gentle and offer constructive criticism, or will their comments be harsh and punitive? What do students really want out of a course, anyway? A better time to...

September 23, 2014

Do certain personality traits increase students’ chances of success in the online learning environment? It’s an intriguing question that has not received much attention, an oversight that Ben Meredith, director of the Center for Distance Education at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, has sought to remedy.

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September 17, 2014

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog

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There’s an excellent article on grading in a recent issue of Cell Biology Education-Life Sciences Education. It offers a brief history of grading (it hasn’t been around for all that long), and then looks to the literature for answers to...

September 17, 2014

When to Use Whole Class Feedback

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog

Whole class feedback … you know, when the teacher returns a set of papers or exams and talks to the entire class about its performance, or the debriefing part of an activity...

September 10, 2014

By Oliver Dreon, PhD

A few weeks ago, a colleague emailed me about some trouble she was having with her first attempt at blended instruction. She had created some videos to pre-teach a concept, incorporated some active learning strategies into her face-to-face class to build on the video, and assigned...

September 10, 2014

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching Professor Blog

Yesterday I got an email from a faculty member who had just received her spring semester student ratings (yes, in August, but that’s a topic for another post). She’d gotten one of those blistering student comments. “This teacher should...

August 26, 2014

By: Marie A. Revak, PhD in Online Education

As an instructor new to the online environment, I carefully reviewed the syllabus and the requirements for the course discussions and assignments and incorporated the following ideas from Myers-Wylie, Mangieri & Hardy: a “what you need to know” document...

August 26, 2014

By Sydney Fulbright, PhD

Those who teach in the health disciplines expect their students to retain and apply every iota of learned material. However, many students come to us having achieved academic success by memorizing the content, regurgitating that information onto an exam, and promptly forgetting a good portion of...

August 1, 2014

CTLA's New Faculty Orientation, scheduled for the week of August 18, is designed to introduce new faculty to the mission and ethos of APU.  Throughout the week, faculty will learn about resources, procedures, and strategies that facilitate their successful integration into APU’s community.  Moreover, they will participate in educational workshops...

April 21, 2014

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

The March 12, 2014 post raised issues about those students who really don't want to work with others in groups ... "lone wolves" as they're called in the literature. Your responses raised a number of issues. I thought it might be worth exploring some of them...

April 21, 2014

By: Rocky Dailey, EdD in Teaching and Learning

As a college student, I was rarely the first to raise my hand or respond to a question posed during class. I was shy by nature and always felt like I had little to offer. There were times, however,...

April 7, 2014

By: Heather Jones in Teaching and Learning

Most students in my developmental writing classes claim they “hate” writing. It’s a familiar refrain. But, it is less about “hate” and more about a lack of preparation in the subject area. They do not have sufficient experience with the...

March 24, 2014

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

Chemistry professor Steven M. Wright has written a one-page essay about his niece, Julia, learning how to downhill ski. She was ready for her first ride on the chairlift and Wright was helping her. He's a professor so he covered the topic in a well-organized, easy-to-understand...

March 24, 2014

Daydreaming or Deep in Thought? Using Formative Assessment to Evaluate Student Participation

By: Carolyn Ives in Effective Teaching Strategies

Many instructors will argue that student participation in class is important. But what’s the difference between participation and engagement? What does good participation or engagement look like?...

March 18, 2014

By Steven A. Meyers, PhD

Do you ever wonder whether your students care about your course material? Do you question whether your students appreciate how the information you address in class is relevant to them? Do you feel like there is often a mismatch between your intentions for your class...

March 18, 2014

By: Patty H. Phelps, EdD in Faculty Development

The longer I teach, the more I see teaching as a highly creative endeavor. Initially, a more mechanical view prevailed for me. In my earlier years as a teacher, I undertook a more formula-like approach by following a behaviorist...

March 4, 2014
Discussion Made a Difference in Student Learning

By: Maryellen Weimer, PhD in Teaching and Learning

The evidence that students benefit when they talk about course content keeps mounting. In the study highlighted below, students in two sections of an introductory zoology course were learning about the physiological mechanisms of RU-486...

March 4, 2014

Seven Characteristics of Good Learners

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

I've seen lots of lists that identify the characteristics of good teachers. They're great reminders of what we should aspire to be as teachers. I haven't seen many corresponding lists that identify the characteristics of good learners. I decided to put...

February 27, 2014

There are many ways to provide feedback to students in an online course.  When selecting the type and frequency of feedback, consider what the students want and how they will benefit from it without creating an unreasonable amount of work for yourself.  In an interview with Online Classroom, Rosemary Cleveland,...

February 27, 2014
Four Student Misconceptions about Learning

By Maryellen Weimer, PhD

"Efficient and effective learning starts with a proper mindset," Stephen Chew writes in his short, readable, and very useful chapter, "Helping Students to Get the Most Out of Studying." Chew continues, pointing out what most of us know firsthand, students harbor...

February 25, 2014

Three Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences

As an experienced online educator, I am confident that my students are not only learning but also excelling. Through our classroom activities and interactions, they are simultaneously mastering content and developing higher-order thinking strategies. Yet I am plagued with concerns that this...

February 25, 2014
10 Assessment Design Tips for Increasing Online Student Retention, Satisfaction, and Learning

How much time do we put into the design of the assessment plans in our online courses? Is most of that time focused upon summative graded assignments that factor into the course grade? Or, do they also include...

February 10, 2014

 The APU Director of the Los Angeles Regional Center, Dr. Donald Brown, spoke at a recent Office of Diversity Intercultural Speaker Series luncheon. His presentation was entitled, Reflections on Strategies Aimed at Assisting AHANA students (African American, Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) to Persist and Graduate from Predominately White Colleges...

January 29, 2014

 Alvin Sanders, Ph.D. (Thursday, March 27, 2014)

 Dr. Sanders has a passion for developing Christian organizational leaders to serve a non-white majority, multi-ethnic, America. Author of Bridging the Diversity Gap, he speaks on and consults with Christian organizations concerning issues of community impact and strategic diversity planning. ...

January 23, 2014

Damon A. Williams, Ph.D. (Wednesday, March 26, 2014)

 

Dr. Williams has authored or co-authored numerous books, monographs, and articles. He is widely considered one of the nation’s most dynamic and innovative leaders earning him the 2013 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education (NADOHE) Inclusive Excellence Award...

January 23, 2014

Mary Poplin, Ph.D. (Thursday, March 27, 2014)

Dr. Mary Poplin is a professor at Claremont Graduate University in the field of Education.  She developed the CGU Teacher Education program from 1985-1995 increasing the candidates from 25 to 100 and the percentage of students of color from 6% to...

January 23, 2014