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Tips for Designing and Using Rubrics


by Andrew Miller Rubrics are a beast. Grrrrrrr! They are time-consuming to construct, challenging to write and sometimes hard to use effectively. They are everywhere. There are rubrics all over the web, plus tools to create them, and as educators, it can overwhelm us. Rubrics are driven by reforms, from standards-based grading to assessment for learning. […]

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When Students Don’t Answer—Interpreting the Awkward Silence


by Paul T. Corrigan One balmy spring afternoon, I asked my students, “What is the difference between being a student and being a learner?” I hoped to start a lively discussion about the purposes of college. Instead, one or two students attempted an answer, while the others sat quietly in their seats, avoiding eye contact with me. The […]

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Want to Be An Inspiring Teacher? Answer This Question: Why Do You Teach?


By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Your work as an adjunct instructor – do you remember how it all began? What initially inspired you to teach? Do you still feel the same today? If you have been teaching for any length of time you probably have a familiar routine established. You understand what’s expected for […]

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Should Online Students Get to Choose Their Instructor(s)?


By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA When students enroll in online classes, they often do not get to choose their instructors for and may not find out who the instructor for a particular class will be until the class starts. The question to consider is whether or not it would be of benefit for students […]

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What Does Your Online Image Say About You?

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By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an online instructor do you consider the virtual or perceptual image you have established with your students? Do you consider the image you portray and how this image is developed throughout the course? If so, how do you manage your image? An online instructor is represented with every […]

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Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA The phrase self-directed learning is associated with the adult education theory of andragogy, which makes a distinction between teaching adults and children. A child needs to be taught how to learn and adults need guidance with what to learn. Self-directed learning further indicates that an adult student wants to […]

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A Hybrid Instructional Approach that Facilitates Learning


By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Do you have an option to utilize an online classroom shell? Many institutions are offering adjunct instructors an ability to implement this feature. Some adjuncts believe that it is an effective method of supplementing their traditional classroom and others find that it is either too time consuming or ineffective […]

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Effective Classroom Evaluations are Purpose Driven


By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Have you considered the effectiveness of your classroom evaluations? Most evaluations involve a formalized process of testing or examination and are built into the process of traditional learning. An adjunct will deliver a classroom lecture; utilize written assignments and schedule tests and/or examinations throughout the course.  Evaluations are designed […]

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Meet Maslow: He Can Help With Student Motivation. Big Time.


By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Student motivation is often addressed and explained by internal and external factors that are specific to every individual student. For example, some students may be motivated by an internal, perceived sense of accomplishment in the class while others experience external motivation because of what they can accomplish in their […]

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The Mentor is In: Developing a Lecture that Matters to Your Students

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA A classroom lecture can be stimulating and interesting or it can be dry and boring. A lecture is expected for the traditional classroom environment and adapted as a strategy in the online environment through weekly postings that include overviews, summaries, informational postings, and announcements. Students develop a perception about […]

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