Presenting Top 7 Insider Articles


We have a talented writing staff contributing articles for the FIU Online Insider, to benefit our online instructors. The following list provides the a selected “Top 7” Insider articles that our readers loved! Hope you enjoy revisiting them.

7. Benefits of Collaborative Assignments in Online Courses

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Collaborative assignments promote student interaction with other members of the course and also the course content. With consideration to the learning goals of the course, these types of assessments can provide valuable learning benefits for students. This article provides examples of types of collaborative assignments.

6. Top 7 Things Students Need to Know about Canvas

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When starting a new class, there can be a lot of information to wade through. As an instructor, you can provide just-in-time information that leads students to the shores of success. This article provides a few valuable pointers that you can share with your students to better help them navigate and use Canvas.

Students sitting with laptops in a lecture style classroom
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5. So You Think You Can Zoom?

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Even though FIU was using Zoom prior to the pivot to emergency remote learning, much of our university’s adoption of the tool occurred during the pandemic. This article provides tips on intrusive participants, scheduling meetings, and meeting management. Additionally, there are several resource links to “up your Zoom game.”

4. Creating & Sustaining Effective Online Discussions

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During an Insider Instructor Webinar presenter Kona Jones (Statistics Instructor & Director of Online Learning at Richland Community College) showcased strategies for designing effective discussions in an online environment. Check out all our previous instructor webinars.

3. Plagiarism in Online Courses

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Plagiarism and cheating have existed in education long before online learning. This article investigates the best strategies to prevent this from happening in any setting, especially in our online courses.

2. Connectivism: The Future of Learning?

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This article introduces three learning theories and address Connectivism, specifically.

1. Writing in Bloom: Writing Measurable Learning Objectives

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With FIU Online being #1 in Quality Matter certified courses in the State of Florida & Nationally, it easy to see why the this article is so popular with our FIU faculty. Course alignment using measurable objectives is a key component of a quality certified class.

If you’ve enjoyed these, check out more of our recently published FIU Online Insider articles.

Valentine [Sky] rocked the FIU Online Instructional Designer "hat" for over 10 years. Her areas of expertise included social media, user interface design & game design thinking, Quality Matters, and the Canvas LMS. Since 2019, she was an Instructure/Canvas Advocate. Additionally, Valentine provided her HigherEd expertise as a Canvas Certified Educator program course facilitator. She was also an Adjunct Instructor with FIU's Marketing and Logistics department.

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