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The Reading Issue: Get Students Reading

Summary In this post, I’ll talk about the problem of student reading, some reasons why students don’t read well, and then I’ll present some solutions that you can implement in your courses right now. As you read, I want you to think about the following questions: What percentage of my students finish their weekly reading assignments? How do you know? How much is success in my course dependent on completing the weekly reading assignments? How can I make my course reading reinforce my course outcomes? The Problem: Students are not reading what they are assigned to read. This seems to be an uncontroversial statement. Almost any online instructor has experienced the frustrations of choosing specific chapters and finding articles, giving all those resources to students and having them ignored. In fact, as many as 70 percent of students are not completing the assigned reading for any particular week or assignment [...]

July 10th, 2017|Categories: Academics|Comments Off on The Reading Issue: Get Students Reading

So, what’s it like being a SME?

Here at Synergis, curriculum design is a collaborative partnership. At the heart of this partnership are instructors who serve as Subject Matter Experts (SMEs). They collaborate closely with our instructional design team to create awesome courses. It’s a critical role and a unique opportunity to serve. If you haven’t worked with us before, you probably have lots of questions about the SME role. Below, you’ll find answers to the top five questions. How do I contribute to designing a course? You partner with the instructional design team to create each element of the course. This includes writing learning objectives; sequencing course materials; designing activities, discussions, and assessments; and creating video lectures and multimedia interactions as needed. You bring: One of our stand-out SMEs, Daniel Ortman, helps design information literacy courses for Warner Pacific College. Subject-Area Expertise: You have a deep understanding of your field and the concepts and skills that [...]

June 12th, 2017|Categories: Academics|Comments Off on So, what’s it like being a SME?

Recording Audio on a Mac with Quicktime Player

Open Quicktime Player in the Applications folder. From the File menu, click New Audio Recording. Click the dropdown arrow next to the red Record button and make sure the microphone you want to record from is selected. Click the red Record button to begin your recording. As you record, the duration and file size are displayed. Press the same button (now a Stop icon) to stop your recording. From the File menu click Save, and then name your recording and choose a file destination. Click the Save button to save your recording.

April 13th, 2017|Categories: Academics|Tags: |Comments Off on Recording Audio on a Mac with Quicktime Player

Faculty Online Presence

The instructor’s role in the facilitation of a course is a significant factor in a student’s overall satisfaction with online learning. You can have students read the textbook and complete a test, but if there is no one there guiding the online experience, what value does the course provide students that they can’t find on their own on the Internet? This is one reason that faculty online presence is so important. Think About Teaching Face-to-Face How would you start a traditional class session? You probably would walk into class with lecture materials and some examples or activities to share. Before you jump into your lecture, you start by greeting your students, asking how everyone is doing, the weather, news events, or other topics of interest. After greetings, you begin your lecture which might include: writing examples on the board, using gestures for emphasis, changing your tone, or simplifying content. Afterwards, [...]

April 10th, 2017|Categories: Academics|Comments Off on Faculty Online Presence

Recording Audio with Windows 10 Voice Recorder

This is one of the most basic and easy-to-use audio recording programs available for free on computers using the Microsoft Windows 10® operating system. If Windows Voice Recorder is not pre-installed on your computer, download Windows Voice Recorder from the Windows store. If Windows Voice Recorder is already downloaded on your computer, you can search for “Voice Recorder” using Cortana. Recording and Saving Audio Files Once you have installed or located the Voice Recorder application, follow these instructions for recording and saving an audio recording: Open Voice Recorder on your computer. To record audio, click on the Microphone button. To stop recording, click on the Stop button. After stopping the recording, the program will auto save and name your audio. From this screen you can share, trim, delete, or rename a file. Because the audio is auto saved with a default name, it is important to rename your recorded file. [...]

March 13th, 2017|Categories: Academics|Tags: |Comments Off on Recording Audio with Windows 10 Voice Recorder