Making the Most of Discussion Boards

July 31, 2020

With the move online, discussion boards have become a go-to for class participation and having students connect with each other. Here are some strategies to make them more effective (a lot of these strategies come from this article)

What does hybrid teaching mean and how do I get started?

July 31, 2020

There are a lot of different ways to teach hybrid courses, and the terminology can become confusing, so this article will go through the terms for the different models, give you some examples of different ways to teach a hybrid course, and finish with best practices and resources to start designing your hybrid course. 

Online Teaching Resources

July 31, 2020

Of course, there are way more resources on OWI than we could ever get through, and there is another page on this website showing you some of them. What I’m listing here are a few practical resources that have been helpful to me during the pandemic, going from just getting a few ideas for a course to the whole redesign of a class.

Introduction to Eli Review

July 30, 2020

Eli Review is a program that allows students to upload drafts and complete peer reviews online. It has a lot more tools than the Canvas peer review feature. It collects data and saves all the comments so that students can self-reflect as writers during their revision process and self-assess as peer reviewers in order to provide stronger feedback. 

Making Course Materials and Classes Accessible

July 30, 2020

The following guidelines cover important aspects for making our courses accessible. “Accessibility” means making our courses usable and welcoming welcoming to all our students. These guidelines are best practices that apply to online, hybrid, and onsite courses.

AATC Information

April 21, 2020

AATC has posted information and instructions about how students can access their services during Spring quarter. See here for the most recent update. 

How to Set Up Peer Review in Canvas

April 10, 2020

This helpful tutorial was developed by Sylvia Morales (, a Continuing Lecturer in the University Writing Program. 


Set-Up the Assignment that will receive the peer review

Step 1: Set up an assignment that will receive the peer review.
  • Click on “require peer reviews”

Zoom and Cybersecurity

April 07, 2020

Perhaps you've heard the stories of local city council meetings being disrupted by "zoombombing," or having uninvited guests show up to Zoom meetings. The link below contains useful tips for keeping your Zoom meetings secure.

Use Zoom? Here Are 7 Essential Steps You Can Take To Secure It

Article from Forbes outlining various measures you can take to prevent "Zoom-bombing" and secure your meetings.


Tips for Better Video from Home

April 06, 2020

As we adjust to life on screens, it might help to look for tips from videographers and vloggers who have had lots of experience with figuring out how make videos at home. In these videos, Hank Green ( Vlogbrothers) and Chris Nichols (DPReview) explain some easy tips for better video and Zoom sessions.


Creating Canvas Videos

April 02, 2020

I made a screencast providing an overview of where and how you can create videos in Canvas. This won't be a replacement for other tools like Kaltura Capture and Zoom, but it might provide a nice way to increase a sense of teacher presence for your students. 

Creating Canvas Videos

A short screencast, posted in Aggie Video, with an overview of creating videos in Canvas. 


On Synchronicity

March 31, 2020

My plan for this quarter was to do everything asynchronously. I was going to pre-record mini-lectures for my courses, post them, and then have students respond and hold discussions in Canvas discussion forums. 

Useful Quick Links from Carolyn Thomas

March 30, 2020

On March 25th, Vice Provost and Dean of Undergraduate Education, Carolyn Thomas, sent an email with a succinct list of resources that I find easier to navigate than the Keep Teaching Website. Links to some of these resources can be published in your Canvas site for students: 

Tips for Working From Home

March 27, 2020
12 Guides To Help Navigate The Remote Life

As I'm thinking about all the ways I will survive teaching from home while my husband is also teaching from home, my 12 year old requires homeschooling, and my elderly mother keeps calling because I *must* have lots of time to chat now that I'm working from home, I'm recalling all of the many challenges I had when I telecommuted back in my corporate banking days.