Have you ever wondered how you might spice up your content modules in myCourses? If you are looking for something new to add to your course content, this post will show you how you can customize a module in myCourses so that it looks more like a web page. Continue reading Customizing the Content Module in myCourses
McGill has just released its third MOOC, The Body Matters (BODY101x) on the edX platform. This course is 10 weeks long and focuses on benefits of physical activity, how to prevent injuries as well as what to do when an injury occurs. Dr. Ian Shrier is the primary instructor (@ianshrier) along with many other guests who are all experts in their field. Over 23,000 students have enrolled from over 180 countries. Have a look at a more detailed description of this MOOC along with the intro video: Continue reading The Body Matters – BODY101x – McGill’s 3rd MOOC has begun
The Discussions feature on myCourses can be an invaluable tool to promote engagement and to extend the classroom beyond its physical location. This post focuses on a number of different features that can help you make the most of your myCourses discussions.
As the end of my PhD was drawing near, I started to worry, like many grad students do, about what would come next? How would I transition from being a doctoral student in the academy to the world of full-time work? Continue reading Muddling with Intention: On Moving from the Academy to the Academy
With a nearly limitless, constantly evolving supply of information available on the web, where can instructors find free, interactive resources to complement their courses?
John Shank’s (2014) book Interactive Open Educational Resources offers many resources and starting points for interested instructors. Continue reading How to find free, interactive resources for your courses
At Teaching and Learning Services, I work as a Learning Technology Consultant and help instructors with incorporating learning technology, such as myCourses and clickers, into their courses.
Last week, I attended Chris Buddle’s workshop “Using Social Media Tools in Teaching and Learning.” This had me thinking: if instructors are using social media tools as vital components of a course, and if we think of myCourses as an extension of the classroom, then how can we bring these together?
Now that we’ve examined the arguments for using social media in the classroom, and discussed some of the practical considerations, it’s time to talk about the tools themselves. There is a befuddling array of social media tools from which an instructor could choose. Even the more web-savvy among us can be intimidated by all the choices! How should we go about identifying and selecting the right tool for the job? To make this discussion a little more straightforward, we’ll limit it to include what we would consider our “Top Ten Tools”. These are user-friendly, well-supported, free, include opportunities for information-sharing/networking, and are commonly used. Continue reading Social media in teaching: picking the right tool for the job