Remote Exam Tip

With finals just around the corner, some faculty might be conducting these exams remotely again this semester. If you are one of them, read over the ETS blog post from the fall semester titled “Tech Recommendations for Remote Exams.” It provides three clear options for how to conduct exams in a remote setting. If you are using Notebowl for your exams, it is a good idea to watch this video that covers how to best setup tests and quizzes in Notebowl.

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Super Super Super Stressed Out Agh

Recently, I was taken aback by a text from my son: “Super super super stressed out agh.” He is in his sophomore year, with a heavy schedule, but this was out of the ordinary for the “iceman” (a nickname I gave him for always being cool under pressure, and a Bjorn Borg reference). Clearly my son is not alone.

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A Return to Better

As we look to the fall and the promise of vaccinations, herd immunity, and decreased disease prevalence, it is tempting to leave behind the challenging lessons of the last 16 months. However, we have learned too much to just “snapback to normal” as Josuoa Kim argues in his IHE piece, Avoiding the “snapback.”

As Arundhati Roy notes:

Historically, pandemics have forced humans to break with the past and imagine their world anew.

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Make Google Drive Work for You

Have you ever wondered why some of your colleagues seem to be obsessed with Google Drive when you just cannot get it to work how you want? In this ETS blog post, Kelli Van Wasshenova lists the top 5 reasons she is a fan of Google Drive, and explains why you might want to try using a “hidden gem” called Google Drive for desktop (formerly File Stream), which allows you to access Google Drive files right on your computer.

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Getting Ready for Course Evaluations

When colleague’s want me to observe their class for formative feedback, I always ask them to share two or three things they are working on in which feedback would be helpful. For example, working to involve more students, trying to summarize class in the last five minutes, organizing my board work, etc. This helps me to focus the observation and provide more useful feedback.

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Webcam not working? Microphone Suddenly Disappear from the Computer? Try “reseating” Your Device.

To “reseat” means to unplug and then plug in a peripheral device when it is not working on the computer. Basically, if you are in the classroom and the camera cuts out, or even the mouse stops working, the first thing to do is to check the USB connection and reseat the device. Read more about reseating devices in this ETS blog post

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TILT Assignments to Support the Success of Students from Diverse Backgrounds

The Transparency in Learning and Teaching (TILTframework helps faculty redesign existing assignments and activities in a manner that makes the purpose and expectations clearer to students. These redesigned assignments have been demonstrated to increase academic confidence, sense of belonging, and metacognitive awareness for all students, with historically underserved students experiencing the greatest benefits. 

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