We understand that getting students engaged in a course is crucial to their success. In a previous tip titled, “Collaborative Assignments and Projects,” we provided a big-picture view of how collaborating within a course might occur, and we highlighted different strategies for engaging students. This tip takes a closer look at a few of the strategies highlighted, with brief references to tools available to design these activities regardless of your course modality.
Did you know that storage space is limited for course files in Canvas? The maximum amount of file storage a Canvas course is allowed is 500 MB. Some instructors find that they reach their storage capacity after posting just a few short videos. Therefore, proper file management is crucial.
Perusall allows you to use video material as a focus for comments, questions, and conversation. To get started, add a video to your Perusall Library by selecting Library > Add content > Video. You can use videos from YouTube and Vimeo. You can also use video files from Google Drive or Dropbox, but there are bandwidth restrictions so these should not be very large.
As WSU transitions to more in-person teaching, we thought it might be a good time to spotlight the Creative Corridor, one of the university’s options for developing applied learning experiences. According to its website, “Creative Corridor is a campus-wide program that provides WSU students with access to cutting-edge technology to use for creative pursuits. The program’s mission is to spark creative inspiration through the use of innovative technology while encouraging collaboration between students and faculty members.”
The overuse of standard discussion board posts can quickly become a daunting, redundant task for students. The results of which can lead to students disengaging with the content. To be clear, the practice of guided discourse is an incredible way to help students retain information, but there are ways to reimagine the conventional discussion board and create a more engaging exercise. Here are some variations to help get you started.