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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 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 [...]

August 14th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

July 10th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

June 12th, 2017|Academics|

Change, Disruption and Success in Higher Education

Change continues to be a constant in higher education. The declining fortunes of formerly dominant for-profits, the emergence of non-profit institutions as leaders in providing affordable online education, as well as national political and economic trends all suggest that institutions unwilling to change are ripe for disruption from more nimble competitors. With risk comes reward [...]

April 27th, 2017|White Papers|

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 [...]

April 13th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

April 10th, 2017|Academics|

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 [...]

March 13th, 2017|Academics|

Partnering with Academic Services: Three Aspects of Collaboration

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 [...]

March 13th, 2017|Academics|

Recording Audio with Audacity

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 [...]

March 8th, 2017|Academics|

When the Comfort Zone is the Danger Zone

During a presidential primary season where party elites on both sides of the aisle have been unpleasantly surprised by widespread dissatisfaction, those of us in higher education should engage in some tough self-reflection regarding our constituents--about how we serve students and why. Institutions looking to strengthen their long-term viability will focus on developing a portfolio [...]

February 20th, 2017|White Papers|