Author: Jeanne Kerl

Discussion Boards: Add Variety and Stir.

Why Use Discussion Boards? Discussion boards are a commonly-used strategy to encourage engagement in an online class. But how do you keep discussions fresh?  How might you add variety to the discussion boards in your class? We have 5 tips to share with you: 1. Ask students to end their initial response with a question for their peers. This approach opens up the discussion. When a student reads through the discussion board, there are a variety of questions/discussions to engage in, which creates a richer experience for everyone. The goal of this strategy is to help students consider more topics


Register for TEACHx 2019!

It’s time for TEACHx 2019—Northwestern’s symposium celebrating teaching, learning and technology. This year the TEACHx theme is student-centered learning. Come learn with your peers as they share their experiences with changing up their teaching. The day bring together instructors, students, learning designers, and technology specialists to make connections and begin collaborations. Register now and learn more about this special day. SPS staff and teachers will be presenting, so please join us!


Submit a Proposal to TEACHx 2019!

Have you experimented with a new approach in one of your SPS courses in the last year?  Would you like to share what you’ve learned with others? TEACHx, Northwestern’s annual symposium that brings together instructors, students, learning designers, and technology specialists to make connections, begin collaborations, and learn from their peers, is returning to the Norris University Center in Evanston on May 22-23, 2019. Whether you want to give a poster, an interactive session or be part of a panel—join in on the celebration of teaching and learning.  This year we are excited to announce that TEACHx is expanding to include a half-day pre-conference. Attend


Building Up to Big Assignments and Complex Tasks: Making the Case for Assignment Scaffolding

Introduction Do some topics or skills seem too large to approach in your course? Are your students struggling with time management? Do you want to provide students with thorough, meaningful feedback but find it difficult to keep up with all the grading? Do you want your students to learn more effectively? Assignment scaffolding could be the answer. Source: Pixabay What is assignment scaffolding and why is it important? Simply put, assignment scaffolding helps break down large ideas or tasks into smaller steps that build on each other. Consider the analogy at the root of the term. Scaffolding, like the multi-level,


Register for TEACHx 2018

Northwestern’s annual TEACHx conference showcases ways that instructors are experimenting with new approaches to teaching and learning. Join this thoughtful conversation from across the University as instructors share their insights gleaned from experiments in blended and online learning as well as the use of technologies to enhance student engagement and learning. This year’s keynote speaker is physicist and Olin College founding faculty member Dr. Yevgeniya V. Zastavker. Join her as she shares her journey of learning, unlearning, and relearning, and as she ultimately imagines a new, collaborative, and engaging educational paradigm. Dr. Zastavker will be helping us consider how we