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10 Strategies To Help Online Learners Complete An Online Program
Strategies for improving student retention in online courses
11 Tips to Engage and Inspire Adult Learners
11 tips for engaging and inspiring adult learners, as well as overcoming obstacles often associated with educating/training adult audiences.
2018 Instructional Design Trends And Learning Trends: The Journey Of Learning
Direction of online learning in 2018
25 Ways Teachers Can Integrate Social Media Into Education
Ideas for incorporating social media into a course
4 Benefits To Using Badges In Online Learning
Article highlighting benefits of using badges in online classes
Kevin J. Browne
4 Instructional Design Best Practices You Can’t Live Without
Guidelines for good design choices
Online Course Design
50 Ways to Use Twitter in the Classroom
Ideas for using Twitter in a classroom
5 Psychology Principles That eLearning Professionals Should Know
Psychology principles that you should use when developing eLearning courses
5 Strategies For Engaging The Netflix Generation
A list of strategies on how to engage the "Netflix" generation.
6 Steps To Get Started With Gamification
Tips for incorporating gamificaion into class
6 Tips To Design eLearning Courses With Long Shelf Life
Tips to design courses with long shelf life, while still offering to your future audience the skill development and invaluable knowledge they need.
6 Tips To Integrate Drag and Drop Interactions Into Your eLearning Course
Tips on integrating drag and drop interactions into an online course + giving effective feedback for your drag and drop learning activities.
7 Effective Templates For Teacher Feedback
An article providing 7 templates of collecting feedback from students.
School Leadership 2.0
7 Ways Tech Can Raise Student Success Rates
Using technology to help improve retention
D. Frank Smith
EdTech: Focus on Higher Education
8 Lessons Learned from Teaching Online
This video list of insights comes from experts in the field of online teaching. Here is a collection of 8 lessons that might improve your online course.
99 Top Tools for Online Teaching-A list of tools to help educators teach online
A list of tools and resources to help educators teach online.
Top 5 Online Colleges
99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom
99 Ways You Should Be Using Facebook in Your Classroom
Ideas for using Facebook in a classroom
9 Things We Learn About Learning From Fitbit
Lessons learned regarding wearable technology and how to teach with game mechanics.
Inside Higher Ed
9 Tips To Apply Adult Learning Theory to eLearning
Applying adult learning theories to elearning
9 Top Tips To Engage Your Learners in eLearning
An article highlighting the 9 top eLearning tips to engage your learners right to the end.
A Challenge to Current Grading Practices
Changing grading policies to improve learning
A Constructivist Approach to Online Learning: The Community of Inquiry Framework
Using a theoretical model of online learning to improve student learning
Karen Swan, D. R. Garrison, Jennifer C. Richardson
Activities that Promote Awareness of What Is and Isn’t Cheating
Strategies for discussing what is and isn't cheating with students
Adapting PowerPoint Lectures for Online Delivery: Best Practices
Article discusses how to use PowerPoint as a storyboard and outline for course design.
Emily A. Moore
A Four-Step Plan: The First Day of Class on Zoom
Methods for creating a sense of community in remote classrooms
A Headache-Free Late Work Policy
A late-work policy where students have a designated day to submit late work
Laura SchislerJames Cross
A Memo to Students on Cheating
Helping students realize why they shouldn't cheat
A Practical Strategy for Infusing Multicultural Content into Any Lesson
Discussion of writing inclusive objectives; provides a worksheet to help ensure objectives, and therefore all following aspects of the course, are inclusive.
David St. Germain
Are Courses Outdated? MIT Considers Offering ‘Modules’ Instead
Chunking course content into modules
Jeffrey R. Young
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Assessing Learning in Online Courses
Adding formative assessments to online courses
Oklahoma State University
Assessing the Flipped Classroom's Impact on Learning
Methods behind a study on the effectiveness of flipped classes at Harvey Mudd College (CA).
As You’re Preparing the Syllabus . . .
Tips for writing an effective syllabus
Badges: A Common Currency for Learning
Using badges to showcase learning
Kyle Bowen & Andrea Thomas
Taylor & Francis
Benefits of Giving Students Choices
Considerations for giving up some control and giving students more choices about their learning
Best Practices in Designing Online Courses
This document helps with designing online courses that are instructionally and pedagogically sound.
Las Positas College
Big Data's Making Education Smarter
Video discussing how analytics data is leveraged
Boot Camp: Building Institutional Readiness for Data Analytics
Resources for helping to add classroom analytics
WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies
Building Community and Creating Relevance in the Online Classroom
An article highlighting the importance of building a community within your online course.
Amy Erickson and Catz Neset
Calculus: Single Variable Part 1 - Functions
Math (Calculus) Resources
Coursera / University of Pennsylvania
Can I Use that Picture? The Terms, Laws, and Ethics for Using Copyrighted Images
Infographic outlining usage rights of images online
The Visual Communication Guy
Cell Phone Policies: A Review of Where Faculty Stand
Excerpts from various classroom cellphone use policies
Cheating in the Digital Age: Do Students Cheat More in Online Courses?
Cheating in the Digital Age: Do Students Cheat More in Online Courses?
Comparing cheating in online courses to in-person courses
George Watson and James Sottile
Online Journal of Distance Learning Administration
Coaching Strategies to Enhance Online Discussions
Tips for improving effectiveness of online discussions
Complete Guide to Open Educational Resources
Various articles and resources for open educational
Considering Clickers & Anxiety: Implementing Clicker Technology So that it Decreases Student Anxiety in the Classroom
Strategies for implementing clickers in the classroom
ASU TeachTech Blog
Free photos; focused on women of color
Royalty Free Images/Icons
Creative Commons Search
Image search tool
Designing for Accessibility: How to Front-Load Your Digital Content with UDL Principles
Suggestions for implementing accessibility into the design of a course
Designing Online Learning
Video about creating interactions in an online environment.
Diverse Conversations: Why the U.S. College Landscape Still Needs HBCUs
Highlights the importance of Historically Black Colleges and Universities today.
Diverse: Issues In Higher Education
Effective Branching Scenarios In eLearning: 5 Tips For eLearning Professionals
Incorporating scenario-based learning into an online class
Encouraging Better Online Student Faculty Contact
An infographic on encouraging better online student faculty contact
An Ethical Island
Engage! Top 6 Best Practices that Foster Learner Engagement with Online Instructional Video
Recommendations for fostering learner engagement with online instructional video
Examining Our Course Policies
Making course policies more student friendly
Faculty: Here’s what we really do with technology
An article providing insight to faculty feelings on online courses and teaching practices.
Fall In Love With eLearning: Gamification, Personalization and Clear Pathways
Making learning fun via gamification
Finding No Evidence for Learning Styles
Article reviews finding no evidence behind and debunking "learning styles"
Stacey Lowery Bretz
American Chemical Society
Five Pedagogical Practices to Improve Your Online Course
An article sharing 5 techniques to improve an online course.
Five Steps to Improving Online Group Work Assignments
Five Things Online Students Want from Faculty
An article about things students want in their online courses and how to adapt accordingly.
Four Student Misconceptions about Learning
Addressing student misconceptions to increase learning
Free eLearning Books - The Ultimate List
53 free eLearning and instructional design books. Topics include: gamification, multimedia, emerging technologies.
Gadgets and Distractions
Pros and cons of electronics in class
Gamification: Your Learners Deserve To Be Delighted And Excited
Gamification and D2L
Gamification and how to apply in D2L
Georgia State University
Getting Faculty Members to Embrace Student Data
Strategies for faculty to take action on student data
Getting off on the right foot in an inverted calculus class
Getting Students to Take Responsibility for Learning
Strategies for encouraging students to take responsibility for their learning
Helping Students Make the Right Call on Cell Phones
Student perspectives on cell phones in the classroom
Helping Students Recognize Quality Work, Fix What Isn’t Good
Using feedback to improve student's work
How Can We Amplify Student Learning? The ANSWER from Cognitive Psychology
Summary of research-based principles for improving student learning
Kevin Yee and Diane Boyd
How Good Are Your Discussion Facilitation Skills?
Tips for facilitating classroom discussions
How to Add the Human Element to Online Learning
Article discussing issues associated with lack of instructor presence in an online class + how to increase presence
How to Get the Most Out of Studying Video Series
Short videos to improve student study skills
How Using Canvas Properly Can Make You a Better Face-to-Face Instructor
Recording or a conference presentation about the effective use of Canvas in the face-to-face classroom.
How Video Production Affects Student Engagement: An Empirical Study of MOOC Videos
Study into student engagement when watching and learning from video
MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory
Searchable icons/images. Choose “free” search filer on left after initial search.
Implementing Active Learning and Student-Centered Pedagogy in Large Classes
Strategies for implementing active learning activities in large classrooms.
Improving Breakout Room Discussions in Online Teaching by Using Collaborative Documents
Improving Faculty Attitudes about Online Teaching
Strategies for changing faculty attitudes about teaching online.
Teaching Without Walls
Inclusion By Design: Survey Your Syllabus and Course Design
Tool to assist faculty with addressing inclusion in their syllabi/course
Ed Brantmeier, Andreas Broscheid, Carl S. Moore
Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Virginia
Inclusive Teaching and UDL
Integrating Universal Design for Learning in culturally responsive teaching practices
Gwen Bass, Michael Lawrence-Riddell
In STEM Courses, a Gender Gap in Online Class Discussions
Research findings about different behavior in online discussions by gender
Introduction to Distance Education: Early Research
Early research in distance learning
Introduction to Distance Education: Theorists and Theories: Verifying Theoretical Concepts
Concepts behind distance learning.
Introduction to Distance Education: Theorists and Theories — Charles Wedemeyer
Short summary of the how Charles Wedemeyer contributed to distance education.
Introduction to Key Concepts in Five Minutes or Less: The ‘Did You Know?’ Microlecture Series
Concepts and application of "Microlecture" videos
Is Your Syllabus a Contract? A Comparison of the SoTL Literature and "The Law"
Is Your Syllabus a Contract? A Comparison of the SoTL Literature and "The Law"
Practices for writing syllabi as a less authoritarian, more collaborative document
Kent D. Kauffman
SoTL Commons Conference
I’m in ‘Kahoots’ with Technology in the Classroom
Minimizing student distraction by employing technology in the classroom.
Cassandra OSullivan Sachar
Learning Analytics: Leveraging Education Data
Learning before the learning?
Student preparation before taking an online course
Learning Styles and the Importance of Critical Self Reflection
Youtube video discussing misconceptions around "learning styles"
TEDx UW LaCrosse
Making Connections: Intercultural Learning & Universal Design for Learning
Intersectionality of Inclusive Teaching and Universal Design for Learning
True North Intercultural
Making Online Learning Active
Strategies for incorporating active learning activities in online/remote courses
Math Class Through the Looking Glass
Flipping math classes
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD)
Motivate and Engage Online Learners All Semester Long
An article highlighting ways to motivate and engage online learners throughout the semester
Moving a Face-to-Face Course Online without Losing Student Engagement
Article discussing moving an in-person class online.
Louise Sharrar and Paula Bigatel
Multimedia Research / MediaSpace
Collection of articles focusing on video/multimedia learning
Portland State University
Multiple-Choice Tests: Revisiting the Pros and Cons
Tips for optimizing multiple choice tests
My Friend Flickr: A Great Photo Opportunity
My Students Don’t Like Group Work
How to overcome student opposition to group work
New and Improved Tip Sheet for Writing Effective Learning Objectives
A list providing new and improved writing effective learning objectives using Bloom's Taxonomy.
New York Public Library Digital Collections
Collection of digitized images
Not Just for Video Games: Virtual Reality Joins the Classroom
Strategies for implementing virtual reality in the classroom
Dan Berrett, Beth Mcmurtrie, Beckie Supiano
Online Course Design – Infographic
An infographic guide to online course design.
Online Discussion Tips Infographic
Infographic with tips for online discussions
Online First Year Education Matters: Building Rapport
Strategies for building rapport with online first-year students
Southern New Hampshire University
Pedagogies of Online Welcome
Overview of research on "Pedagogies of Welcome" for increasing instructor presence in online courses
Penn State Free Media Library
Library of free multimedia sources, including images, audio, and video
Point-Based Grading Systems: Benefits and Liabilities
Pros and cons of point-based grading systems
Preparing Lectures for Large Online Classes
Converting lectures to video
Principles of Instructional Design
Links to short topics related to instructional design and development of online courses.
University of Illinois
Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat: Technology Projects to Decrease Passivity
Giving students control to increase engagement
Reading Textbooks: The College Plague
"SQ3R Method" for encouraging students to read textbook
Reimagining the place of students in academic development
Student agency in academic development
Peter Felten, et. al.
International Journal for Academic Development
Reliable Sources: Promoting Critical Thinking in the [Mis]information Age
Three steps to help students avoid fake/untrustworthy information/research
Research: Active Learning More Important than Flipping the Classroom
A research study about active learning in flipped and non-flipped classrooms.
Sample Questions for Getting Feedback from Students
A collection of sample questions for gathering feedback, with some ideas for different times of the semester.
University Teaching and Learning Center at George Washington University
Save Time and Promote Learning? Yes, You Can!
Time saving strategies for increasing learning
Scaffolding Online Student Success
Scaffolding strategies for online courses
Cassandra Sardo, Anthony Sindelar
Social Media Gains Momentum in Online Education
How incorporating social media can help learning
U.S. News & World Report
Stop Boring Content: Gamify your Learning in 8 steps that make a difference!
8 steps to gamifying your online course
Strategies for Creating a Safe and Supportive Classroom
Strategies for creating an inclusive environment for students who have experience trauma
Student Entitlement: Key Questions and Short Answers
Defining student entitlement and effects on students
Students Riding on Coattails during Group Work? Five Simple Ideas to Try
Tips for making group work more engaging
TAG, You’re It! Aligning eLearning Game Designs to Bloom’s Taxonomy
Webinar (recording) discussing applying Bloom's Taxonomy to gamification
Training Magazine Network
Talk to Text: A Hack on Grading
Using technology to make giving feedback faster.
Taxonomy Alignment got Gaming
Infographic Bloom's Taxonomy applied to gamification
Technology Tools for Teachers
List of tech tools for various disciplines
Texting In The Classroom: Change This Distraction Into Engagement
Ideas about turning student's cell phones into useful classroom tools.
The 'Dos and Don'ts' of Synchronous Online Learning
Tips for holding virtual meeting with students
The 7 Steps of eLearning Course Preparation Process
7 things you need to do before designing and developing your eLearning course.
The 8 Types of Learning Events You Need to Have on Your eLearning Course
An infographic of the 8 learning events and a list with a description of each.
The Art and Science of Successful Online Discussions
Tips for online discussions
Stephanie Maher Palenque and Meredith DeCosta
The Attention Span Crisis
Debunking "attention span"
The Biggest Blown Opportunity in Higher Ed History
Benefits of using alumni as mentors
The Eight-Minute Lecture Keeps Students Engaged
How to implement short lectures
The eLearning Coach
List of additional free/low-cost icons and images.
The eLearning Revolution
A video showing the numerical benefits to e-learning.
The Five Features of Science Inquiry: How do you know?
Examples of how to incorporate an inquiry-approach to teaching science
The Forgetting Curve in eLearning: What eLearning Professionals Should Know
Improving knowledge retention in online courses
The Gamification of Education
Infographic with timeline and applications of gamification
The Importance of Learning Students’ Names
Why and how to learn student's names
The Lifetime Learner: A Journey Through the Future of Postsecondary Education
Highlighting shift to the need for life-long learning
John Hagel, John Seely Brown, Maggie Wooll, Roy Mathew, Wendy Tsu
Deloitte University Press
The Need for Balanced Feedback
Strategies for providing clear and explicit feedback to students
Ronald C. Jones
Theory and Practice of Online Learning
This book presents individual practitioners’ views of the principal pedagogical and course management opportunities and challenges raised by the move to an online environment.
Terry Anderson and Fathi Elloumi
The rise of big data brings tremendous possibilities and frightening perils
Article weighing pros and cons of analytics / big data
The Secret of Self-Regulated Learning
Increasing student's self-motivation to learn
Linda B. Nilson
The Teacher’s Guide To Pinterest
Infographic with ideas for using Pinterest in a classroom
The top 10 ways college students plagiarize
Most common forms of plagiarism and why they happen
Three Active Learning Strategies That Push Students Beyond Memorization
An article highlighting strategies that will push students retain information, rather than memorizing it
Three Ideas for Implementing Learner Reflection
Strategies for implementing reflection activities.
Three Keys to Stopping Plagiarism
Strategies for limiting plagiarism
Three Reasons to Ditch Technology in Your Flipped Classroom
Limiting/removing technology use in the classroom to increase engagement
Three Strategies for Creating Meaningful Learning Experiences
Strategies for motivating students
Steven A. Meyers
Tips for Designing Online Courses
A list of tips that all new online teachers should learn.
Tips for Teaching Students ‘What to Learn’ and ‘How to Learn’ During Lectures
Suggestions for teaching students how to succeed in your course.
Learning how to learn
Tiffany F. Culver
Top 10 Free GoToMeeting Alternatives
Virtual meeting tools
UDL: A Powerful Framework
Research-based methods for reaching all students
UDL: A Systematic Approach to Supporting Diverse Learners
Overview of Universal Design for Learning ideas for incorporating into course
Understanding by Design
Backward design framework
Universal Course Design
Strategies for Universal Course Design that are supportive of the learning diversities of all students
Institute for Community Inclusion
Universal Design for Learning
Brief summary of Universal Design for Learning
Universal Design for Learning Activity Center
Key principles and importance of universal design for learning.
San Francisco State University
Universal Design for Learning Guidelines
Infographic showing how to incorporate UDL in the online class.
Educational Technology and Mobile Learning
Unlocking the Mystery of Critical Thinking
Defining and teaching critical thinking
Unlocking the Promise of Digital Assessment
Ideas and strategies for adding formative online assessments/activities.
Stacey Newbern Dammann, Josh DeSantis
Using Grading Policies to Promote Learning
How grading policies can influence student motivation
Using Ning In The Classroom To Create A Learning Community
Ideas for using Ning in a classroom
The Professional Learner
Using Twitter As A Learning Tool
Wallflowers in the Online Classroom
How do instructors know if an online wallflower is really engaged in the course?
Jennifer Patterson Lorenzetti
What about Teacher Entitlement?
Focuses on instructor's actions to reduce entitlement among students
What is Gamification? A Few Ideas.
Video with ideas about gamification for education; defines gamification, describes two types of gamification (structural and content) and gives an example of each.
What is Trauma-Informed Teaching?
Practices and resources for Trauma-Informed Teaching
University at Buffalo School of Social Work
What Professors Are Thinking
Survey of undergraduate instructors suggests increased attention on student-centered teaching and ongoing concerns about diversity and adjunct working conditions
What Two Students Want You to Know About Inclusive Teaching
Students discuss experiences around classroom inclusivity
Tracie Addy, Ayat Husseini, Anna DeVault
Why, What and How To Move To Online Courses
This article offers three considerations to help universities and learning institutions think through this decision.
Why You Read Like an Expert – and Why Your Students Probably Don’t
Improving student's reading skills
Working with Wikis
Tips to make your wiki easier to use and a better learning environment for you and your students.