Author Archives: Teodora Hristov

Zaption – the Perfect Combination of Video and Quiz for Creating Engaging Learning

Zaption is a free online learning tool (with basic account). Its educational use is for creating video lectures and presentations in combination with questions. The questions dispersed throughout are designed to engage student minds. How Does It Work? Learners are introduced to a topic during which … Continue reading

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Major Considerations When Converting a Face-to-Face Course in Blended Format

Emmanuel College’s “Blended Course Development Program” is an internal project that launched in 2014. Faculty who were interested in developing or redesigning courses in hybrid format went through consultation and training with members of ATIG. The main focus is on creating a new … Continue reading

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ECLearn Modular Course Structure

What is a Module? Modules is a feature in Canvas/ECLearn used for building the main structure of a course. Many teachers, however, use instead the Pages feature, which is just a wiki content page and is not the most efficient way to create internal … Continue reading

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Tech Tip: Using Etherpad for Student Collaboration

Update as of August 2015: ETHERPAD is no longer available in Canvas. Emmanuel College’s ECLearn (Canvas learning management system) allows for easy integration with external tools. One application offered under the “Collaborations” tool menu is Etherpad. As described on etherpad.org, … Continue reading

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The Role of The Teacher in Blended Learning

The term student-centered learning has gained a lot of popularity nowadays along with other ideas such as flipping the classroom, interactive learning, multimedia learning… Not so long ago a traditional course was considered a face to face more or less one-way interaction between a … Continue reading

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Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

To define how to write measurable learning objectives, we should answer first what a learning objective means. There is an inconsistency in literature about terms like learning goals, learning objectives, and learning outcomes. They overlap in meaning and each has a slightly different meaning based on whether … Continue reading

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Backward Instructional Design Model

Instructional Design is a term that refers to systematically designed instruction with or without the use of educational technology. Instructional Design 101 is a four-part series description of “the process of assessing learning needs and applying the appropriate learning strategy to meet … Continue reading

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Classroom Feedback – Formative Self-Evaluation Technique for Teachers

Teaching is a hard job, a noble professional and personal commitment. Just like any other profession, its performance is evaluated on constant basis. In the academic world, one of the most common ways is through course evaluations done by students … Continue reading

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What Is a Flipped Classroom?

A flipped classroom is a format where instruction delivery does not happen in class, but asynchronously off campus most often in the form of digitally recorded lecture materials. In addition, learning activities (quizzes, papers, or projects) can be tied to … Continue reading

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Enhancing Motivation to Learn

There is no doubt that student motivation to learn is derived from personal goals. Whether these goals are directly related to the purpose of learning provided is a different story. As Dr. Margery B. Ginsberg says: “Across cultural groups, all … Continue reading

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