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"Class Community" Syllabus Information and Padlet Activity

"Class Community" Syllabus Information and Padlet Activity
California State University, San Bernardino
The screenshots of the selected sections of the syllabus provide information about class expectations and guidelines as well as campus resources. Also included is a Padlet board prompting discussion of the syllabus; this activity takes the place of a syllabus quiz.

Active Learning using EdPuzzle

Active Learning using EdPuzzle
California State University, East Bay
Edpuzzle is an educational tool that adds interactive element to any videos as part of a learning assignment. It creates an “active learning” environment where learners become more engaged. Instead of passively watching a videos, students are asked to answer questions throughout the process. By doing so, it ensures that key components are addressed and learned.

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.

Annotated Bibliography

Annotated Bibliography
San Francisco State University
This exemplar is an annotated bibliography, which is designed to help students gain research skills while working alongside a peer as well as myself. The assignment provides a visual component to help students better understand key steps and also how to put together the assignment itself.

Assignment using Communication and Interaction Resources

Assignment using Communication and Interaction Resources
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.

Asynchronous/Synchronous Student Interaction: Group Reflection Problem

Asynchronous/Synchronous Student Interaction: Group Reflection Problem
California State University, San Bernardino
The Group Reflection Problem (GRP) is an active learning activity assigned over a seven-week period; allowing for two GRPs each semester. This document provides the schedule of the GRP learning activity along with screenshots of the Blackboard assignments and a link to a Google doc template for the group write-up.

Building Community in a Fully Online Course

Building Community in a Fully Online Course
California State University, Fresno
The instructor uses Google Slides to create community and interaction between instructor and students in this online graduate course. Community Building activities are assigned intermittently throughout the course to give students an opportunity to engage and interact in a non-high stakes forum while getting to know more about each other along the way. It is a win win and a highly favored activity among her online students.

Class Diversity Statement

Class Diversity Statement
California State University, San Bernardino
This Class Diversity Statement helps to set the tone for classes that can be difficult and controversial due to subject matter. This statement clarifies the role of both student and instructor in terms of verbal exchanges/discussions in the classroom. It also promotes proper communication etiquette, tolerance and understanding, and respect for each other. The skills learned from this activity are used beyond the classroom, helping to create a more accepting and tolerant society. This statement is reviewed together as a class to promote understanding and mutual consideration.

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.

Collaborative Lab Experiment

Collaborative Lab Experiment
California Maritime Academy
This activity is designed for online lab students to team up with two peers to collaborate in the performance of an experiment and a lab report write up. It requires the use of simple equipment from a student lab kit, a worksheet created by the instructor, and instructor-created templates in Google Docs, Jamboard and Google Sheets.

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.

Discussion Post Assignment for Outside Engagement

Discussion Post Assignment for Outside Engagement
California State University, Fresno
Many times students request extra credit and as faculty members, we struggle to provide that. This is a weekly discussion posting on Blackboard based on the face to face lecture for that week. Having a discussion post creates an environment for students to engage freely outside the classroom. At times, I have also used this to engage students during class time and have them bring out their electronic device answer the discussion posting for attendance purposes and extra credit for that day!

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
California Polytechnic State University, Humboldt
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.