Online Teaching

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One of the biggest concerns in higher education institutions is finding an effective way to increase student retention in an online environment. Lisa Fee, EdD, decided to examine this in her dissertation, “Online Orientation: An Investigation of Its Effect on Graduate Students’ First-Course Retention.” Fee earned her Doctorate of Education in Higher Education from Concordia University-Portland and is… Read More

Jargon-Free Instructional Design

By Zachary Fruhling July 20, 2018

Instructional design (ID) can sometimes be an overly complicated and diverse field with various instructional design models and complicated terminology. But I’ve always found that instructional design can be simplified if you stick to a few important principles and ask yourself a small number of intuitive questions. Instructional design: What does it mean? Simply put:… Read More

Best Websites to Search for Jobs in Higher Education

By The Room 241 Team June 11, 2018

Whether you’re already working in higher education or you’re wanting to explore your options, it can be challenging to know where to begin your research. So we’ve compiled a list of resources that features helpful information about finding jobs in higher education. Academic 360 A collection of internet resources, this site includes faculty, staff, and… Read More

Exploring the Internet (Safely!) in and out of the Classroom

By The Room 241 Team June 6, 2018

Innovations in educational technology are changing the classroom, which means your students are spending more time online than ever. Follow these tips and activities to help make the web a safe, fun place for kids and teens to learn. Set up a safe classroom To establish basic digital guidelines in your class, follow these best… Read More

Designing and implementing a shift to blended learning are the final pieces of the puzzle in “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker. Often authors struggle with adapting complex topics into understandable chunks, but Horn and Staker do an excellent job of making blended learning accessible. The previous… Read More

In earlier articles about “Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools” by Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker, I explored the definition of blended learning and described how it will affect traditional schooling. Today I’ll summarize the authors’ advice for rallying a school community to adopt a blended learning model. It’s all about solving problems We… Read More

Let’s all have a collective sigh and eye roll. How many times have we as been told that [insert item here] will fundamentally change what we do? And all we have to do is [insert item here] and student achievement, satisfaction and test scores will skyrocket. Nothing to it, right? I’ve heard it all too,… Read More

In Blended: Using Disruptive Innovation to Improve Schools, authors Michael B. Horn and Heather Staker go to exhaustive lengths to ensure readers understand the definition of blended learning and the different models for applying it in the classroom. Part I of the book addresses the crucial question: Will all classrooms eventually adopt a blended model?… Read More

An Online Instructor's Guide: How to Approach Group Work

By Caitrin Blake December 2, 2014

Group projects are often met by groans of frustration and irritation among students. This is understandable; when students work independently, they are able to control the pace of their work and ensure the project is done correctly and on time. Group work, however, requires trusting others to complete tasks; when students work in teams, they… Read More

Online Instructor Guides: Giving Effective Assignments

By Caitrin Blake November 19, 2014

Online instructors face a set of unique challenges. Because students don’t have the benefit of verbal explanations or clarification when assignments are given, online coursework guidelines must be even more descriptive and accessible than they are in traditional classrooms. While it is entirely possible to use the same projects in face-to-face and online classes, there… Read More

An Online Instructor's Guide to Better Discussion Boards

By Caitrin Blake November 11, 2014

Online courses can be an isolating experience for teachers and students alike. The Internet wall makes it more difficult for students to get to know each other and their teachers, which can make it more troublesome to facilitate the same rapport among classmates that often exists in face-to-face classes. The bane of online learning: Discussion… Read More

The emergence of online-learning options has created an explosion of opportunity for teachers looking to pursue advanced degrees. The number of schools, both traditional brick-and-mortar and online-only, that now offer computer-based learning has grown considerably, bringing a wealth of choice for teachers looking to grow as professionals. Before you dive into online learning, here are… Read More

Creating Better Online Students: A Guide for Teachers

By Caitrin Blake August 20, 2014

It’s been said before: Students today cannot properly correspond in academic environments. As a writing instructor who teaches some of my classes online, I have commiserated with colleagues over the lack of consideration and time students put into their communications. While it’s easy to blame a younger generation for their inability to communicate effectively, in… Read More

This post has been updated as of December 2017. With technology in the classroom on the rise, kids’ exposure to the internet is increasing dramatically. Technology in the classroom is definitely an effective learning tool, but it comes with lots of precautions.   That’s the entire premise of the Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). Since… Read More

Flexibility and convenience, the chance to achieve a dream, immediate classroom application, the staff, and the cohort and classmates. That’s what our students most value about their Concordia University-Portland experience. Why do teachers choose Concordia University-Portland? Our students drive our success, and we always look for ways to give back. We held a contest on… Read More