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Connecting Course Materials to Students’ Needs

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Materials Provided for Your Class When an adjunct instructor is assigned a course they are often provided with course materials that may include a textbook, syllabus, articles, websites, or other resources. Do you review these materials prior to the start of class? How do you decide that you [...]

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What Should Grades Really Measure?

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an instructor you know that grades are the end result or final outcome for your students. What is your reaction when you see their final grades? Does your perception of your students, your facilitation methods, or the assessments change based upon the letter grades they receive? If [...]

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How To Manage Classroom Conflict

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Have you experienced conflict in your classroom? Are you aware of conditions that can disrupt a productive learning environment? Adjuncts often find that discussions can be a source of conflict because students may share diverse views, personal beliefs, or opinions, and that creates a potential for miscommunication, heated [...]

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Ready, Set, Start Facilitating Your Online Class

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, PhD, MBA The start date for your next online class is approaching. How do you prepare for your facilitation duties? Do you review the list of expectations for your role as an adjunct? Have you developed a checklist for your instructional requirements? Many online classes follow a non-traditional, accelerated class [...]

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An Online Adjunct Instructor Needs a Strong Virtual Presence

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA As an adjunct online instructor have you considered your students’ perspective of your classroom presence? What does it mean to you to be actively present in your class? For any classroom environment an instructor’s presence is necessary for the development of social interactions and working relationships with students. [...]

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Helping Students Think Critically (Part Two)

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA In the first entry for this series, the following question was considered: why should an instructor care what their students are thinking? The answer to this question was explored from the perspective of cognitive development and the use of critical thinking to enhance the process of learning, which involves [...]

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Helping Students Think Critically (Part One)

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Why should an instructor care what their students are thinking? Students are expected to be involved in the process of learning and focused on meeting the assigned learning objectives. This means that they are required to have an ability to rationally think through their assignments and discussions, while [...]

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How Student Motivation Influences Learning (Part Two)

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, PhD, MBA With this two part series the concept of student motivation is examined. As noted in my first blog posting, student motivation is an internalized process that manifests itself through engagement in the class and overall performance. The actions that students take in the class, from their participation in the learning [...]

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How Student Motivation Influences Learning (Part One)

Student motivation is an internalized process that manifests itself through engagement in the class and overall performance. Motivation includes internal and external needs, along with feelings, perceptions, and an attitude about the process of learning.

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Student Engagement and Why It Matters, Part III

Share By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA Why does student engagement matter? Is it important that your students are doing well in your class and highly involved in the class? Consider the definition of engagement from the first entry in this series. Engagement is an action-based state that consists of the time, energy, and effort that [...]

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