Academic Services Blog

Creating Learning Communities Online

One of the biggest challenges for students new to online learning is the feeling of isolation that can come from staring at a computer monitor instead of seeing the friendly [...]

Podcasting – Best Practices for Preparation of Engaging Podcasts

Summary: You can use podcasts to supplement or replace some of the direct instructional materials in your courses. Doing so can provide a personal touch to your course and increase [...]

Variety Is the Spice of Instructional Design

Online learning has, for the last 20 years, promised a new frontier of learning that would reshape the foundation of education. Many institutions of learning have forged a new path [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]