Will you join us at the 2017 FIU Online Conference?

The FIU Online Annual Conference presents a great opportunity to discover instructional technology and innovative learning tools, enrich courses that are engaging and high in quality, and engage students with interactive technologies. Current FIU faculty teaching or interested in teaching fully online courses are encouraged to attend. When is the conference? Friday, November 3rd, 2017. […]

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Top 7 Things You Must Know about Canvas!

Recently, the Florida Board of Governors selected Canvas as the state’s preferred Learning Management System (LMS). Prior to making its recommendation, the Florida Board of Governors administered a survey to faculty, administrators, instructional designers and students. Compared to Blackboard and Desire2Learn, Canvas rated higher in all 13 categories. Canvas uses a hosted service framework with […]

Open Educational Resources: What are they and how to get started

Recently, FIU announced a partnership with OpenStax, a provider of openly licensed textbooks. OpenStax will be providing FIU and 10 other institutions guidance and best practices for OER implementation throughout our campuses. So what exactly are OERs or open educational resources and how can you get started? What is OER? Open Educational Resources are materials […]

Understanding Student Motivation (Part 3)

Understanding Student Motivation for More Effective Teaching: A Mini-Series Adapted from: Mayer, Richard E., and Susan A. Ambrose. How learning works: seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print.   We began this student motivation mini-series (Part I) discussing the importance of establishing the value of instruction to students by showing relevance […]

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Connectivism: The Future of Learning?

Learning Theories Learning theories form established frameworks that help relate psychology with the process of learning. Three widely regarded theories of learning include behaviorism, cognitivism, and constructivism. Below is a brief description of each theory and how it relates to learning. Practical application of these theories can be found in previous Insider posts.   Behaviorism: […]

The Five Self-Regulated Learning Profiles Found in Online Students

The use of self-regulating learning skills and strategies within the online learning environment has been shown to play a significant role in a student’s level of academic achievement. In a recent study published by Barnard-Brak, Lan, and Paton, they discuss their research into the classification of five distinct profiles of self-regulated learning. They found that […]

Understanding Student Motivation (Part 2)

Understanding Student Motivation for More Effective Teaching: A Mini-Series Adapted from: Mayer, Richard E., and Susan A. Ambrose. How learning works: seven research-based principles for smart teaching. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 2010. Print. In Part 1 of this mini-series, we explored the first of three interacting variables affecting student motivation: subjective value. We discussed the importance […]