Designing an Online Course that Mimics Face-to-Face Interactions

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“People…seem to feel that an online environment may somehow be less personal and interactive than [in] a classroom.”

Identified by Dr. Beth Mancini in the video below, this sentiment is common among instructors designing an online ……

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Social Media Course Gives Working Adults a Competitive Edge

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Some instructors remain skeptical of social media in education; others embrace social media as a source of course materials, a connection to field experts, and a platform for class communication.
But another instructor is taking social ……

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Introduction Video: Why Your Online Course Needs One

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If you’re unsure how to excite new students about your online course, here’s a simple solution to spark learners’ intrigue: create an engaging introduction video that makes students want to learn more.
Course introductions are one ……

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4 Ways to Use Google+ Hangouts in Online Courses

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Learn more about Google+ Hangouts for online learning:
Attend Flipping Group Presentations with Google+ Hangouts on Air and VoiceThread to discover real-life, adaptable uses of Hangouts in online learning. Michelle Pacansky-Brock will interview Brad Belbas of ……

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Learn with Michelle Webinar: Animoto for Creating Engaging Videos

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Instructor-created videos foster a social presence with students and visually communicate curriculum-specific information, often more effectively than third-party videos. Animoto is a fun, easy-to-use tool that lets you create dynamic, professional videos that promote a ……

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A Must-Download Guide to Using Videos in Your Course

Free webinar: Create Engaging Video with Animoto
Register for our June 14th webinar that will discuss how to create custom, attention-grabbing videos combining still images and brief video clips.

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Free Booklet! Compelling Conversations on the MOOC Movement

Comprised of  thirteen carefully selected articles and essays, MOOC Moment shares opinions of MOOC proponents and skeptics captured by Inside Higher Ed contributors since the site’s first mention of MOOCs in December 2011.
Focusing less on …… Continue reading

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New! Professional Development at the Faculty eCommons

At the Faculty eCommons, we’re dedicated to helping you design and teach high-quality online courses that meet the needs of today’s learners. That’s why we’ve expanded our professional development opportunities to address topics you request …… Continue reading

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Happy National Nurses Day!

Today is National Nurses Day, a day we recognize the myriad ways nursing has contributed—and continues to contribute—to our society.
Celebrated every May 6, National Nurses Day kicks off National Nurses Week (NNW). The annual event …… Continue reading

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UTA Instructors Recieve Prestigious Distance Learning Award

Congratulations to University of Texas at Arlington’s (UTA) Dr. Peggy Semingson and Dr. Pete Smith for receiving the 2013 International Distance Learning Awards, presented by the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).
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