Smart Ideas

Smart Ideas


Our knowledge of what works well in online teaching is growing rapidly and it is easy to feel overwhelmed. Smart Ideas are short videos about the Best Practices of USCB faculty.

Improving Student Retention with Blackboard with Lori Vargo

How to utilize the Retention Center in Blackboard to increase student retention and course completion. Download Lori's presentation (ppt)

Key Ideas:

  • The #1 reason for non-success in online courses: I got behind and it was too hard to catch up.
  • There is a contrast in perceptions of online faculty and students. Whereas online professors are holding students more accountable for their own learning, students would like to receive much more instruction.
  • The Retention Center in Bb is an instructor-only tool to focus your attention to those students who need it.

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Video in Online Courses with Randy Lamkin, Human Services

Watch Randy's video: Observing Childrens Play

Key Ideas:

  • Multimedia content (videos) should be important and worth students' time. Video should accomplish something that could only be done with video.
  • Keep it short.
  • Use our video production studio and listen to Zach. He's an experienced professional and knows how to make video engaging and effective.

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 Online Group Projects with Susan Williams

Key Ideas:

  • Create a student introduction forum in the first week. Students establish a social presence and feel they are becoming part of a community.
  • Create clear instructions and due dates for group projects. Consider making a calendar for students to use.
  • Be available for concerns, questions, and be flexible.

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Video Lectures with Su Gibson, Hospitality Management

Watch Su's video lecture: Introduction to Strategic Management

 Key Ideas:

  • Spend extra time preparing. Over-prepare for your first recording.
  • Don't be afraid to load your lecture with content. Students are use to getting information through video. Without student comments and questions a 10 minutes video lecture can be similar in content to a classroom-based class.
  • Pick out key concepts you want students to focus on and look for what could be tricky to understand on their own. Prepare your presentation and write speaker's notes.
  • Use Prezi to make your presentation. It's free for teachers and is more visually interesting than PowerPoint. 

Resources:

3 Tips to Make Your Online Course Lecture Like A TED Presentation
Video Recording Tips