This is an updated re-post of a blog I wrote 5 years ago. The whole idea was inspired by Dan Pink's book, Drive: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us, which was published in 2011. Since then, many have pondered what education could learn from the book. Surprisingly, until today, this is still somewhat a … Continue reading How to Motivate Students (or what can we still learn from this old book)
Do you dedicate too many hours to reading, commenting on, and grading student writing? Wouldn’t it be a wonderful time-saver if you could save all of your commonly-used writing comments, and then automatically insert into student essays without having to type them over and over or even the bother of copying and pasting? I get … Continue reading How to Use Canned Comments to Speed up Grading
Podcasts are booming, and the higher ed sphere hasn't been left out. If you are a teaching professional or instructional designer in higher ed looking to expand your professional listening list, here are three of my favorite that focus on teaching and learning design. I personally am subscribed to all three and never skip an … Continue reading 3 Podcasts for Educators in Higher Ed
Have you noticed? Vertical videos are EVERYWHERE! It was a synonym of Snapchat, until not too long ago, Instagram stole the idea and created its highly successful Stories and later IGTV. Other social media giants, such as YouTube, one after another committed to fully support of vertical videos: No more ugly black side edges! But … Continue reading 4 Ideas to Get You Started with Vertical Videos for Teaching
Confucius, the Master, said: "When I presented one corner of a subject, yet the person cannot from it learn the other three, I do not repeat my lesson." This teaching philosophy is recorded in one of the most influential Chinese classical texts, The Analects of Confucius. However, it seems very contradictory to the general belief … Continue reading Grumpy or Wise?
This is probably the one mantra I've repeated the most since my first day of being an instructional designer: Show your face👽👻 to your online students!Technically, there is nothing complicated at all: Just snap a selfie or a quick video on a smartphone and upload it to the learning management system as an announcement or … Continue reading How to Overcome Camera Shyness