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Affordability Counts Program Grows Beyond FIU

Great things are happening at FIU Online! For example, Affordability Counts is being offered to other Florida state schools, along with a new revamp of its website. Affordability Counts encourages faculty to adopt free or low-cost materials when developing their courses and recognizes those faculty who have proactively made changes to make materials less costly […]

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FacultyEnlight: Textbook Adoptions

FacultyEnlight is a source for researching, adopting, and sharing insights about textbooks and course material. In preparation for upcoming semesters, faculty should declare required and recommended textbook and instructional materials for their lecture or lab courses via FacultyEnlight. Faculty should also declare if their courses will not require material to be purchased by students. Effective […]

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Google G-Suite Promotes Student Online Collaboration

How can we replicate student engagement and collaborative learning when we shift from a face-to-face to a virtual classroom? The Google G-Suite is a great tool for allowing students to collaborate synchronously or asynchronously in a variety of multimedia platforms. Using G-Suite tools, instructors can foster collaborative and critical thinking while coaching students on providing and […]

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Engaging Students with Open-Ended Problem Learning

As instructors strive to implement meaningful content into their courses, an innovative option is open-ended problem learning. This instruction encourages focus on solving an open-ended problem using pre-existing knowledge and experience while applying newly acquired information. As a result, they develop content understanding and key critical thinking skills (Athreya and Mouza, 2017). This narrative technique […]

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Faculty Choice Award Winners Sound Off: 2017 Top Score in Gamification

If games, like many courses, are about mastering challenging tasks at increasing levels of complexity, then gamification means exploiting that shared dynamic in our instructional design. Dr. Lukas K. Danner, our next featured Faculty Choice Award winner, won the 2017 Top Score in Gamification for his CPO3103 Politics of Western Europe. Insider caught up with Professor Danner […]

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Reducing The “Distance” in Distance Learning

Online educators know that the “distance” in distance learning is more than just a separation of geography and time. Michael Moore describes transactional distance as a psychological and communication barrier to cross. It’s a “space of potential misunderstanding between the inputs of the instructor and those of the learner that is present in learning environments” […]

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Faculty Choice Award Winners Sound Off: 2017 Innovative Course Design

Recently, Insider has checked in with previous Faculty Choice Award winners to inspire you to nominate your own course (the deadline is October 5, 2018). Our next featured winner is Educational Psychology professor, Dr. Melody Whiddon-Willoughby. Be sure to join us at FIU Online Con 2018 when we announce the 2018 winners. Meet Dr. Melody Whiddon-Willoughby […]

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Faculty Choice Award Winners Sound Off: 2017 Innovative Open Content

In the run-up to FIU Online Con 2018, Insider is catching up with past Faculty Choice Award winners. In our second installment, International Relations professor Dr. Anjana Mishra talks about her 2017 award-winning course. Visit the Faculty Choice Awards website to nominate your own course today. Meet Dr. Anjana Mishra Dr. Anjana Mishra teaches in […]