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Active Learning with TEDEd

Active Learning with TEDEd
San Jose State University
Using TEDEd to increase active learning and peer-to-peer engagement, students answer questions and participate in a discussion in a video lesson. The TEDEd lesson replaces what was previously a passive learning experience where students answered standard questions for a weekly written assignment without actively engaging with the content or with their peers.

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
Radiolab has an excellent episode documenting how you would assign a price tag to nature used as a foundation for discussion. This is the 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.

Collaborative Communication Guide using Google Slides and EdPuzzle

Collaborative Communication Guide using Google Slides and EdPuzzle
California State University, Fullerton
Working in groups, students create a course content resource guide to reinforce expected course mastery and the learning of new technical skills. Students first develop the Guide in their groups, create a Google Slide presentation, and finally create an active learning video of the Guide using EdPuzzle.

Course Homepage

Course Homepage
California State University, Fresno
The design of this Canvas homepage is not only clear and user-friendly, but is also accessible on multiple platforms. Information and links to the syllabus and individual modules are clearly labeled. Students entering the class learn immediately where to start and can easily navigate the inviting and cohesive online class environment.

Course Organization Improvements

Course Organization Improvements
San Jose State University
Using the course template from Canvas Commons the appearance and organization of the course was improved. Banners and buttons and tabbed lessons were utilized to reduce the number of pages through which students would need to scroll. Text headers in the modules were used to divide content logically and visually guide the user. (QLT CORE 4.3 Navigation throughout the online components of the course is logical, consistent, and efficient.)

Front Page Design Example

Front Page Design Example
California State University, Stanislaus
Visually interesting front page design that uses header icons for easy access to course pages/content.

Get To Know Yourself Assignment

Get To Know Yourself Assignment
California State University, Fresno
This introduction to the activity (which is using a rubric to reply on a discussion board) is in informal language to engage the students and catch their attention. It is also designed to help the student feel comfortable with talking about their own insecurities about the course topic.

Getting Ready for the Next Zoom Session

Getting Ready for the Next Zoom Session
Other
This assignment is designed to guide students in preparing for and engaging in a synchronous small group discussion in breakout rooms in a synchronous Zoom session on a specific course topic. The activity asks students to think about and discuss the topic of the next Zoom session to encourage richer dialogue in the synchronous session.

Google Earth Mapping - Map Your Memorials

Google Earth Mapping - Map Your Memorials
San Jose State University
While engaged in peer-to-peer interaction, students use a shared Google Earth map to collaboratively create an interactive tour of memorial sites in Berlin, Germany.

Help Module with Diversity Survey

Help Module with Diversity Survey
California State University, Fresno
This Help Module was developed to reduce the number of questions commonly asked each semester. These include topics related to Health, Writing, and Tutoring, just to name few. Included in this module is the Student Diversity Survey, created in Google Forms, asking questions such as their Gender Pronoun and their access to technology. This allows the instructor to get a socio-economic and personal read of each student at the beginning of the term.

Home Page Buttons

Home Page Buttons
California State University, Fresno
Graphics for homepage buttons to enhance the look and usability of the landing page for students. These were created in Canva by the instructor and include the following: Click here to begin, This way to Modules, Click Here for announcements, and Virtual Asynchronous Office.

Jamboard for Online Office Hour

Jamboard for Online Office Hour
California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo
Students often come to online office hours to review methods covered as a team in a Google Doc-based guided inquiry exercise. During the office hour, concepts are reviewed but not practiced. The use of Jamboard during the office hour recreates some of the key parts of the guided inquiry exercise and allows students to work on the same Jamboard so that office hours become more dynamic and get closer to the feel of a “face-to-face” environment.

Mobile Workflow Example

Mobile Workflow Example
San Jose State University
An example showing the steps students take to access content Pages using Canvas App for Android.

Partner Discussions on VoiceThread

Partner Discussions on VoiceThread
California State University, Fullerton
VoiceThread was selected for this activity to allow students to engage in audio/video discussions with partners in an asynchronous environment without having to create separate discussion boards or threads for each pair. The example includes instructions, prompts, and how to set up the discussion in VoiceThread. This activity can be easily adapted and used for any course that has students partner and discuss a theme, topic, article, or other course material.

Peer Part Planning

Peer Part Planning
Other
The course teaches students how to best use 3D CAD modeling software. Each assignment requires a large amount of planning and forethought before starting to make a model. To help address this issue, the Peer Part Planning assignment breaks students into small groups and has them come up with a basic plan/outline for how they can approach the creation of the model.