Home » Teach Online » Teaching Online Resources » Tips for Faculty, from Faculty Tips for Faculty, from Faculty Are you looking for expert advice on creating exceptional courses? Say goodbye to course envy and hello to ‘Tips for Faculty, from Faculty’ – the ultimate video series by the Center for Distributed Learning at UCF. Our comprehensive resources cover a wide range of topics, from designing engaging online courses to promoting accessibility for all students. With contributions from our esteemed faculty members, you can rest assured that you’re receiving the best tips and tricks from those who know best. So, whether you’re a seasoned pro or a new faculty member, our ‘Tips for Faculty, from Faculty’ video series is the perfect resource to elevate your course design skills. Be sure to check back regularly for our latest releases and stay ahead of the game! Share Your Tips! Have a tip you’d like to share? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Video Feedback Comments Using video feedback comments creates a personal connection with students. Communication Strategies One of the major challenges to online learning is communication. Zoom Timers Having the timers is a way to help us all manage our time and our bandwidth in Zoom. Resources: Zoom Timers How to Use a Timer in Zoom Lightboard With the Lightboard, I can draw arrows, I can draw circles around the model. I could just illustrate right on the spot in ways that I couldn’t have otherwise. Resources: Lightboard at the FMC Lightboard Example Shedding Light on Student Learning Through the Use of Lightboard Videos Think, Pair, Share It gives them an opportunity to hear what their peers are thinking to see if their ideasare in alignment with their peers ideas. Resources: FCTL Active Learning Interactive Techniques Materia The benefit of using Materia in your classes is it’s a really easy and engaging way for students to interact with your course material. Resources: Materia Materia Quick Start Guide Why to Consider Game-Based Online Learning UCF Open: Materia Reflection I don’t really force them [students] to do anything, but that reflective moment makes a huge difference in their growth throughout the class. Resources: 2018 Dziuban Award Recipient The Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching Dziuban Award Workshops TOPR Entries on ‘Reflection’ OER Implementation If you find a good open access textbook the quality is as good if not better than the commercially-available ones because the people who are writing them are actually very dedicated to doing this. Resources: Free books. No catch. Publishing Open Texts at UCF OER Commons Oasis The Mason OER Metafinder (Mom) Discussion Strategies Be open-minded and innovative in your use of discussion prompts. There are two strategies that I’ve used in my classes that have been really effective with getting the students both engaged and thinking critically. Resources: What are Discussions? Use Word Clouds to Enhance Critical Thinking Encourage Authentic Learning in Classrooms in Online Discussions Through the Use of Photovoice Syllabus Tool I post in that tool the top half of my syllabus. So, it’s the contact information, technology requirements, and other key pieces of information that they [students] need to know before they register. Resources: Syllabus Tool Course Preview Feature Question Banks I heard it from a colleague of mine. She was showing me her test banks and I was like, that’s awesome, I’m stealing it. And now, I’ve applied it to all of my classes and it’s really helpful. Resources: Create Quiz from Question Banks How do I create a question bank in a course? Video Captions The biggest tip I can give to people is to have a transcript already produced. Usually, when I do this, I write the transcript before I record my lecture. Then, I make edits to that transcript after I’ve already recorded and that way you already have it done. Resources: How to Create Captions in YouTube Proactive Captioning for Online Courses Creating Accessible Multimedia Check back later! We will have more tips coming soon!