On Thursday, March 15th, I attended Dr. Lisa Cravens-Brown’s TeachXperts presentation, “Creating Community in the Classroom.” Although Dr. Cravens-Brown’s presentation focused on physical spaces, I was curious if some of her ideas could also apply to online learning; and was delighted to discover that they did. Dr. Cravens-Brown began her presentation by sharing two main concepts from research on community building in education. First, a sense of belonging to a community positively impacts several variables in education: task persistence, motivation, course success, and perception of the instructor. Second, environments influence perception – the structure of the classroom sends students a
Jackie Wickham Smith
Senior Learning Designer, Quality
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I’ve worked on the DL team since April of 2012. I started here as the operations coordinator, making sure all parts of courses were up and running. In October 2013, I was promoted to my current role, instructional technologist. Now, I’m responsible for assisting faculty in course design, creating assets for courses, and recommending appropriate technology solutions to enhance content delivery.
Prior to working at SPS, I completed my M.S.Ed. in school counseling from Northern Illinois University, and my B.A. in psychology from Illinois Wesleyan University, where I was a member of the cross country and track teams. In my spare time, I’m a high school cross country and track coach and volunteer for the Make A Wish Foundation.
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A few holiday seasons ago, I received a great gift – the Pizzazz Rotating Pizza Oven! I came back to work after the holiday singing its praises and immediately began convincing all of my coworkers to purchase one. My spirits were quickly dampened when one of my coworkers asked, “Does it do the same thing as my oven?” I stared blankly at him as he continued, “all of these different kitchen gadgets…they all do the same thing as an oven or a knife. All you need is an oven and a knife. Everything else just takes up too much room
It can be difficult to stay up to date on both new and existing Canvas features! Here’s a quick rundown of some things SPS Online faculty might want to know about prior to Fall quarter. Contact Cards Canvas has recently introduced Contact Cards, which make it much easier to stay in touch with your students! From the People tab in Canvas, clicking on any student’s name now reveals a pop-up window on the right hand side of the screen with information about the student’s participation level, recently graded assignments, and a link to their course analytics. Most convenient, there is