Lori Swanson

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Evaluating Rubrics | Origin: EL109 | New comment by Lori Swanson

I have learned that rubrics are a grading tool. These still have to be interpreted by instructors. If I have had a particular student in the past and have my own expectations of what this student is...

Building and Testing the Rubric | Origin: EL109 | New comment by Lori Swanson

I understand the absolute need for rubrics, I usually assign points based on criteria. Unless there is some kind of absolute grading scale who judges between good and needs improvement. Everyone has...

Issues When Using Rubrics | Origin: EL109 | New comment by Lori Swanson

I have learned that putting a name to something I have been doing for years can be quite confusing.  

Purposes and Roles of Rubrics | Origin: EL109 | New comment by Lori Swanson

I have used rubrics my whole career in teaching, the way it is explained here is far too confusing. The courses I teach are more analytical than creative. I have definitely learned to keep it...

Online Communication Strategies | Origin: EL201 | New comment by Lori Swanson

Communicating positively with students can help get your point across without creating stress. Having empathy will help you communicate without putting too much stress on the student.

The Role of Technology | Origin: EL201 | New comment by Lori Swanson

Technology is critical in the online environment. Instructors will probably stick with pc's or laptops but students will use several methods including phones. Software and LMS have to let you deliver...

Understanding Online Learning | Origin: EL201 | New comment by Lori Swanson

I didn't realize online learning started so early. Technology has completely changed education. Online education is very competitive. I didn't realize employers have a positive attitude towards...

Linking Relationships to Retention | Origin: EL201 | New comment by Lori Swanson

There are different factors that effect retention. We need to develope a good working alliance with our students. Be open and genuine and not judgemental. Be responsive.

Engaging Online Learners | Origin: EL141 | New comment by Lori Swanson

I have learned steps to keeping students engaged. Not all students percieve directions in the same way. Break up the course into smaller chunks. Efficient and Effective feedback, keep it positive.

Connecting Instructors’ & Students’ Personality Traits | Origin: EL117 | New comment by Lori Swanson

It can be difficult if an instructor has a certain personality trait and students don't. Be flexible, that can be difficult but to be an effective instructor you have to be. Have options for...