Author: Kristina Wilson

Best Practices for Communicating With Students in Online Classes

Introduction A recent SPS student satisfaction study asked students to identify ways their academic program could be enhanced. Numerous students suggested making improvements to instructor-student communication and engagement. I know what you’re thinking. Communication should be easy! With digital tools to connect students and instructors, shouldn’t this come naturally? Actually, communication with students in online classes needs to be frequent, intentional, and multifaceted. As an online instructor, you will need to actively combat distance and silence to make meaningful connections with your students. Read on to discover tools and strategies that can make the process easier. Make sure your contact


Providing Great Feedback to Students: April 2017 Online Learning Webinar

In April’s Online Learning Webinar, learning designers Jessica Mansbach and Krissy Wilson and instructional technologist Jackie Wickham responded to recent student survey results indicating that students want more individual feedback from faculty, sharing six topics related to feedback for online students: Providing Useful Feedback Frequency and Timing of Feedback Getting Students to Use Your Feedback Tone and Bad Feedback Time-Saving Feedback Strategies Considering Feedback in Building Course Structure Faculty attendees also shared experiences and concerns related to providing feedback to students in the online environment. To view a recording of the webinar, click here. To visit the Canvas site displayed


Museum Maps: Using Google Maps to Create Field Assignment Resources in MUSEUM 370

Context In partnership with Professor Caroline Goldthorpe, MUSEUM 370 – Museum Origins and Issues underwent revision between December 2016 and March 2017. This course is a required course in the Museum Studies Online Certificate Program and was originally developed in 2007 as one of the first courses the School of Professional Studies offered online. Throughout our revision, we strove to preserve the best components of the existing course and update the course to meet Quality Matters standards. One carefully considered, critical assignment in the course is the weekly Field Assignment. Each week, of the course discusses the origins and ethical


5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Adding Images to Your Online Course

Introduction We are always looking for ways to make our courses more engaging for students. That might mean more opportunities for students to interact with each other in small groups, developing short videos with in-video quizzing, or creating an interactive map. One way that faculty often try to make an online course more visually interesting is by adding images to slideshows, videos, and pages in the course site. But even with the best intentions, online courses can become crammed with images: clip art that adds little value, photos used without permission and in violation of copyright law, low-resolution images that


Connecting with Northwestern

As a Distance Learning faculty member, you probably don’t have an office on campus where students can pop in or a lounge where you can chat with your peers. You could be in a different time zone–or even a different country!–from Northwestern’s campuses in Evanston and Chicago. It can get lonely out there, but luckily there are lots of ways to make that distance feel shorter. Here are some tips for connecting with your students, faculty peers, the School of Professional Studies, and Northwestern as an institution. Follow us and connect with us (and your peers) on social media. Is