As we are sifting through list of lists of resources, trying to make decisions about tools and activities, there is a need for direction and some recommendations. The list below is an attempt to make sense of great materials that are now available online and incorporate it into our teaching.
“As a classroom community, our capacity to generate excitement is deeply affected by our interest in one another, in hearing one another’s voices, in recognizing one another’s presence.” ~bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress
Active Learning in the Online Space – Multi-day resource and camp that starts with course design
Some useful technology to increase engagement in synchronous and asynchronous learning environments
https://www.tricider.com/, A brainstorming tool that can be used to gather ideas, student votes and arguments. This Edsurge post by Bonnie Stachowiak has more tools and ideas on how to add interest to online environments and help students interact with each other.
Using Hand Signals for More Equitable Discussions, from Edutopia (Video and Handout for students). Whether in-person or online, these hand signals may help students feel included and help teachers facilitate rich discussions.
FIU Resources for LAs and Faculty to share with their students
Know your students and what they need
At the beginning of the semester and especially now, asking students about their home learning environment and available equipment, can help faculty adjust and adapt how they teach. Here is a short form for assessment student needs, you will be able to create your own copy.