Posted on May 14, 2018

Ideas About Accessibility and Universal Design for Learning

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I. Introduction Universal Design for Learning (UDL) assures that online courses are accessible to everyone, including people who learn differently than others. Assuring that all students can take advantage of a course’s educational material is not only fair, it represents one of HotChalk’s core tenets: “Every mind matters.” 1....

Posted on May 03, 2018

Strategies for Cultivating Online Presence

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Teaching online is not like working with students face to face. Instructors cannot rely on real-time feedback, such as students’ reactions and classroom atmosphere, to judge the effectiveness of an activity or indeed an entire lesson. A successful online experience depends on finding other means to connect with students....

Posted on Apr 19, 2018

Underestimated and Over-imagined: Note Taking in the Online Classroom

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My colleague, Zachary Fruhling recently wrote about the importance of cultivating good learning skills in a blog entry, Education as Habit Formation. He argues that the success and longevity of much educational technology depends on its ability to encourage students to form habits that promote learning. He notes two...

Posted on Apr 17, 2018

Getting Over Stumbling Blocks (of Text): Creating Engaging Content Pages

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Online courses today are generally composed of various elements, such as content pages, quizzes, discussions, etc., that are organized by a Learning Management System (LMS). Content pages (i.e., those whose primary job it is to present information) are the bread and butter of most courses, since they contain the material...