Category: Best Practices

5 Ways to Avoid Common Videoconference Lecture Mistakes

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Are you teaching an online class and meeting with students via videoconference?

Interacting with students via videoconference is a great way to maintain a personal connection and make your online course engaging and interactive. Skype, Zoom, GoToMeeting, and Google Hangouts are all great options for hosting your videoconference, but keep in mind that videoconferences can be a disaster if you’re not prepared.

Here are 5 essential tips to keep in mind to avoid common videoconference lecture mistakes.

Get More Out of Google: Tips & Tricks for Online Research [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Do you spend hours researching for a topic, and feel like you’re getting no where?

You’re not alone. According to a recent study, 75% of students couldn’t perform a “well-executed search” on Google to find what they want.

Don’t despair – help is here! Check out this infographic to learn some neat tricks to help you research more quickly and more efficiently.

Learn about how to use operators, file types, and keyboard shortcuts to find what you need. Fast.

15 Do’s and Don’ts for Writing Multiple-Choice Questions

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Multiple-choice questions can often be confusing to students, leaving them scratching their heads, wondering what the professor intended to ask.

In online courses, misleading or ambiguous questions can be particularly frustrating, since professors are not standing by to answer questions while students take the test.

How can professors write multiple-choice questions that will be easy for students to understand?

Follow these 15 Do’s and Don’ts while writing your multiple-choice quizzes to ensure that your tests are effective, straightforward, and leave no room for confusion.

6 Powerful Ways to Boost Your Grades by Mind Mapping

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Do you ever feel like you’re drowning in a sea of information? Confused about how all the facts, concepts, and data relate to each other?

For all students, learning new information can be overwhelming. When you’re feeling confused, try creating a mind map to clarify the material. Mind maps are diagrams that visually represent how concepts are related to each other.

Here are 6 ways to use mind maps to boost your grades.

7 Steps to Convert Powerpoints to E-learning Courses [INFOGRAPHIC]

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It’s quite a challenge to convert a traditional classroom course to online format.

If you already have a set of PowerPoint slides prepared, how do you convert that into an e-learning course? You can’t just share the Powerpoint with your students and expect them to assimilate the information.

The following infographic from e-learning infographics lists 7 steps for converting powerpoint presentations into e-learning courses.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teachers Who Use Technology [INFOGRAPHIC]

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New technologies are constantly evolving, offering fresh ways for teachers to ramp up their curriculum. But with so many new tech options available, it is difficult for teachers to stay abreast of new technologies and figure out how to best incorporate them into their teaching style.

The following infographic from e-Learning Infographics describes 7 key characteristics shared by all teachers who use technology effectively.

5 Ways to Make Your Class More Like a Game

Picture a teenager bent over a videogame, intent to master Level 99 and conquer the world. Contrast that image with the image of a student trying to master a long list of terms for his class in Anatomy & Physiology. Why is the former student so motivated, and the latter is itching to get away?

Game designers make use of certain elements and strategies that draw players into the game and motivate them to keep on playing.

Read on to find out 5 creative ways to incorporate gaming elements into your course.

Top 10 Learning Techniques: Which Are Most Efficient? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Whether out of habit or by conscious choice, we all make use of various learning techniques when we attempt to store new information in our long-term memory. But not all study habits are created equal; some may be more effective than others, especially when you factor in the amount of time it takes to implement each one.

Researchers have recently characterized 10 learning techniques according to whether they provide high, moderate, or low utility, based on each technique’s relative efficacy, ease of use, and applicability to a broad range of learning situations.