Academics

Variety Is the Spice of Instructional Design

August 14th, 2017|Academics|

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 for students and continue to innovate. Unfortunately, others seem to look at online learning as an electronic equivalent to the correspondence courses of old. In [...]

The Reading Issue: Get Students Reading

July 10th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

So, what’s it like being a SME?

June 12th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

Recording Audio on a Mac with Quicktime Player

April 13th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

Faculty Online Presence

April 10th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

Recording Audio with Windows 10 Voice Recorder

March 13th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

Partnering with Academic Services: Three Aspects of Collaboration

March 13th, 2017|Academics|

Collaboration is powerful. At Synergis Education, we believe most endeavors are best realized through collaboration, and we know it makes us and our partners stronger—we stake our business on it. Here in Academic Services, we approach each curriculum design project as a collaborative partnership. What is this partnership like? Three aspects stand out. We partner [...]

Recording Audio with Audacity

March 8th, 2017|Academics|

Audacity is a free, open-source audio recording and editing application that can be found at www.audacityteam.org. Install for Windows Install for Mac Mac users: After installation, Audacity may be blocked from opening by the security settings of the operating system. You may unblock the application by opening System Preferences, selecting Security & Privacy, and clicking [...]

I Love Working with Faculty

February 13th, 2017|Academics|

I really enjoy being an instructional designer. I have worn many hats over the years. Being an instructional designer is a great fit for my strengths because I get to be a creative problem solver. I get to contribute. I enjoy finding ways to make assessments more engaging for students. I love working with faculty [...]