“The idea of virtual office hours is always alluring, yet if not employing best practices, then it can be a time waster or something under utilized and quickly given up on. “
“Think Pair Share can be a low/ No Prep Active Learning activity that offers structured interaction around a key question or problem applying the material.”
Getting students’ attention and holding it for 10-15 minutes at a pop is one skill— Getting them to invest themselves and truly engage with the class is the Holy Grail for many faculty.
This is with good reason as engagement has been proven as the key element that “…increases (students) attention and focus, motivates them to practice higher-level critical thinking skills and promotes meaningful learning experiences. “
“I give students a fast tutorial on how I have my canvas site built. This helps to give them to the online quizzes and supplemental resources. Everyone builds their course differently so it is a big help to the students.”
“I keep a journal on student writing. As the student progresses in the course, I can better assist the student’s needs or give them a thumb’s up and congratulate them on their writing improvements. Without the journal, though, it would be difficult to track this progress.”
“Setting the expectation from day one they are to check canvas every day for course happenings and encouraging them to download the app to their phone.”
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Kicking off your class to get it on the right foot for student success and retention requires careful thought and planning as you only get one chance to make a first impression for the course and the learning experience.