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Final Course Reflection

Final Course Reflection
California State University, Fresno
Mary Bennett, an Instructional Designer at Fresno State and the QLT Program Manager, shares a creative use of Meme's for the final course reflection. Course participants are asked to share a piece of advice or a tip for someone else taking the course and why it is important. Students are encouraged to not only reply by text but also create a Meme illustrating their advice.

Final Course Reflection Discussion

Final Course Reflection Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Mary Bennett, an Instructional Designer at Fresno State and the QLT Course Program Manager, developed a final course reflection discussion where students first read a short article that summarizes some of the major topics in the course. They are then asked to reflect back on their overall learning experience by responding to specific prompts aligned with the course objectives.

Student Generated Discussion Topic as a Formative Assessment

Student Generated Discussion Topic as a Formative Assessment
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Archana Mohan from Fresno State, uses a discussion assignment where students are asked to generate two questions based on their knowledge of the functions and parts of a microscope. This assignment facilitates peer-to-peer interaction and prompt feedback

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.

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.).

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.

Rubric for a Calculus Assignment

Rubric for a Calculus Assignment
California State University, Fresno
Antonina Tofan, an Instructor at Fresno State, developed a rubric in Canvas for an assignment in a Calculus class. Students are asked to find derivative of a function by solving a problem and then posting their work to a Discussion Board. for peer feedback.

Preparing and Brainstorming for Experiential Lab Group Activity

Preparing and Brainstorming for Experiential Lab Group Activity
California State University, Fresno
Professor Emerita Betty Garcia from Fresno State, developed a small group activity where students are asked to brainstorm about "possible" "presenting problems" that would be brought to a group with the identified focus (i.e., graduate student stress) using Zoom breakout rooms. The purpose of this activity is to reflect on the role they will take in the group and in preparing and planning for the class lab group activity. The multi-sequence activity involves students thinking about options and choosing one. Possible presenting problems are posted on Jamboard for all students to review and factor into their decision-making about what "presenting problem" will be theirs.

Active Learning Using PlayPosit

Active Learning Using PlayPosit
California State University, Fresno
Instructor Negin Tahvildary from Fresno State, uses PlayPosit to turn a class lecture into active learning with embedded question prompts. In the clip, student find their default communication style and compare and contrast the advantages and disadvantages of each style.

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.

Padlet Activity for Discussion

Padlet Activity for Discussion
California State University, Fresno
Gitma Sharma, an Instructor at Fresno State, uses Padlet as a forum for students to engage in active learning, reflection, and sharing. You are able to create a limited free account on Padlet and sharing the Padlet link is very easy and user-friendly.