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Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice

Structured Group Discussions Providing Roleplaying & Choice
California State University, Fresno
Ryan Ditchfield, an Instructor at Fresno State, creatively organizes group discussions providing students an opportunity to self-assign themselves to a group discussion topic that interest them in his "Eyewitness Identification-FTB 159T" class. In the group discussions they have the choice to pick a role - Researcher, Eyewitness, Defense Attorney, Police Officer, Suspect, and Timekeeper and throughout the semester the students will also be changing to a different group and also change their role. This example represents student choice and group roles in discussions.

Assignment using a Podcast followed by an Interactive Activity using Jamboard & Discussion

Assignment using a Podcast followed by an Interactive Activity using Jamboard & Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Aric Mine, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses an episode from Radiolab as a foundation for discussion in an introductory assignment in a climate change and environmental science class. It was formerly just a short answer response submission by individual students (file uploaded; screenshot of discussion prompt) which has now been expanded to include a discussion on Canvas that helps segway to the following week where water usage is introduced with a Jamboard (linked). This exercise engages students via three different means of communication and interaction. They listen to a podcast, reflect on their understanding and communicate that understanding in written form to the instructor and to their peers in an active discussion. They're also then subsequently engaged with a Jamboard that builds off this introductory activity, expanding the engagement tools used in this course.

Engagement in Synchronous Lectures Using Jamboard & Zoom Break-Out Rooms

Engagement in Synchronous Lectures Using Jamboard & Zoom Break-Out Rooms
California State University, Fresno
Stephanie Ryan, an Instructor from Fresno State, shares an engaging activity where she uses Zoom to provide a synchronous lecture called "The Anterior Surface Landmarks of the Figure." Using breakout rooms in Zoom and a Jamboard students identify surface landmarks of a figure in a peer-to-peer activity.

The Magic Flute – TEDEd Lesson

The Magic Flute – TEDEd Lesson
California State University, Fresno
Maria Briggs, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses the TEDEd lesson creator to engage students in an active learning experience. In preparation for a written critique students view the "Queen of the Night" aria performance and then answer questions and participate in an online discussion.

Course Homepage with Buttons to Access Modules

Course Homepage with Buttons to Access Modules
California State University, Fresno
Katherine Fobear, an Instructor from Fresno State, shares the design of a Canvas homepage that includes a course description, with links to the syllabus and individual modules that are clearly labeled. All buttons include alt tags as evident by the Ally accessibility indicators.

Exploring Human Energy Systems and Human Activities

Exploring Human Energy Systems and Human Activities
California State University, Fresno
Michael Cole, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a Canvas discussion board activity that provides an opportunity for students to engage in an undergraduate Exercise Physiology class learning module that is focused on understanding and applying concepts and ideas related to human energy systems. In this activity, students access highlights of events from the most recent Olympic games and discuss the use of the human energy systems in the context of the characteristics of these events (duration, intensity, etc.).

Home Page Buttons

Home Page Buttons
California State University, Fresno
Nichole Walsh, an Instructor from Fresno State, shares four graphics for homepage buttons to enhance the look and usability of the landing page for students. The graphics were created in Canva and include the following: Click here to begin, This way to Modules, Click Here for Announcements, and Virtual Asynchronous Office.

Wellness Check Discussion

Wellness Check Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Kathaleen Valdez, an Instructor from Fresno State, uses a brief weekly discussion to help facilitate a line of communication between the student and the instructor by providing a way for students to check-in. The discussion encourages them to let the instructor know how they are doing in regards to the class or just life. It helps them know that there is someone else out there that has their back and is concerned about how they are doing and lets the instructor know if there is a need to contact the student for additional assistance. In addition, the discussion can be used as a way to monitor student participation.

Journalism Ethics Scenarios

Journalism Ethics Scenarios
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Timothy Drachlis from Fresno State, created an exercise and discussion whereby students learn more about journalism ethics. Working in groups, students select from 5 scenarios where they collaboratively develop a presentation using lectures, readings, and research as they apply the code of ethics to their respective scenario.

"It's Just a Movie" Jamboard

"It's Just a Movie" Jamboard
California State University, Fresno
Aaron Schuelke, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a discussion activity where students read the article "It's Just a Movie" by Greg M. Smith. They then create slides on a Google Jamboard analyzing two films of their choosing, using very brief reflections (post-its) and images from the film. They then respond to at least two classmates' work in a small group discussion on Canvas.

EdPuzzle Copy of Your Brain On Adderall - The Study Drug

EdPuzzle Copy of Your Brain On Adderall - The Study Drug
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Edward Boyle from Fresno State, uses EdPuzzle to promote discussion and student engagement using open-ended questions.

Assignment using Perusall

Assignment using Perusall
California State University, Fresno
Donald Henriques, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses the social annotation tool Perusall to encourage interactive reading.

Microbiome and Antibiotics Discussion

Microbiome and Antibiotics Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Stephanie Coffman, an Instructor at Fresno State, utilizes the Discussion Board in Canvas to have students collaborate on study guide questions for the week. Each student is assigned a question and is asked to create a short presentation answering their question. Students then review their classmate's presentations and take notes on the study guide.

TEDEd Video With Questions

TEDEd Video With Questions
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Shirisha Shankar from Fresno State, uses a video from the TEDEd library to create a lesson with embedded questions. This activity allows students to interact with a video and actively learn instead of passively watching.

Home Page Example

Home Page Example
California State University, Fresno
In this Home Page Example, Instructor Laura Huisinga from Fresno State, includes 5 quick links for students to navigate upon entering the course which include a course teaser video, course description, and overview links to all modules and assignments. The instructor also introduces the purpose of the course and its relevance to the degree program.