Online Instructional Texts
Beginning in January of 2016, I rebuilt a portion of my workshops into digital e-texts utilizing Pressbooks, an online publishing tool. Other learning resources I have designed from scratch as self-paced learning tools. Both the texts and online training resources have been featured in UW-Madison publications and are used for instructor and staff training.
This interactive, self-paced online training was the result of a collaborative project I led along with Saundra Solum of DoIT-AT’s Learn@UW team. The self-paced training is currently being used by faculty and staff members who conduct campus evaluations. Built entirely in the Canvas LMS, the online course employs text, diagrams, videos, and interactive content to teach users the AEFIS platform and evaluation best-practice.
Teaching in Desire2Learn
This expansive online instructional text was the result of a collaborative project I led between the College of Letters & Science and UW-Madison's DoIT - Academic Technology. The text provides readers the tool-based training needed to teach a course with Desire2Learn (D2L). In addition, it explores the essential teaching strategies to maximize student learning outcomes in online courses, and offers a list of additional resources with which to explore digital instruction and pedagogical best-practices.
Improving the Feedback We Give Our Students
This guide offers a brief overview of how to provide students more impactful feedback. It includes a succinct list of specific ideas that instructors can use to: guide students through their mistakes, direct students towards specific and achievable goals, enhance student-faculty communication, reduce student uncertainty concerning course objectives, and improve overall student learning outcomes.
Developing Your Web Presence
This guide introduces readers to the tools needed to cultivate a web presence that is professional, informative, and positive. It focuses on three steps. First, the text examines how to curate your existent online profile, and then explains how to promote your professional qualifications online more effectively. Finally, the guide provides readers with the tools to build a well-designed website that will help them stand out in job searches and foster academic collaboration.
Research in a Digital Age
This online text introduces readers to the basics of modern research methods for scholars in the humanities and social sciences. Upon completing this online course readers will know how to access the large caches of digital and print research material available at large research libraries (such as the University of Wisconsin), plan for a research trip abroad, conduct research employing digital tools, and find additional information on contemporary research methods.
Quizzing & Assessment Essentials
This online text introduces readers to the essentials of course assessment and examines different ways in which instructors might use Desire2Learn’s quiz function in their course. Upon completing this module, instructors will be able to distinguish between formative and summative assessment methods, design exams that track class progress, and that help them adapt course material to maximize student learning.
Essentials of Course Communication
This online training course introduces readers to the basics of effective classroom communication. It argues for the creation of a well-designed syllabus to establish course goals and expectations, and demonstrates how an online calendar can be utilized to improve the likelihood of assignment completion. In addition, the course explains how to employ the news feed to increase student accountability, and describes how the classlist feature facilitates course communication.