Schedule your Zoom meetings in seconds!

Do you find it tough to attend a meeting or hold a meeting because everyone’s schedules are so different?  Well, simplify your life now.  This video shows you how to login to Zoom with your YC credentials, schedule and attend a meeting (all in 56 seconds!).  Yes, it is that easy.  Don’t forget to check the other Canvas tips and tricks to make your life that much simpler.

Intrinsic vs. Extrinsic

Ok, so I just have to share an awesome blogpost that I came across.  I admit, I was looking for ideas on something to share and I came a across the following post.  I didn’t want to take anything away from it and so I am re-posting it here as it was found on:   Enjoy!

25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation


In the context of learning, intrinsic motivation is motivation that stems not from external factors like grades and status, but rather from genuine interest and ambition. Like altruism, it assumes no reward. But – like altruism – it is difficult to corroborate. Even if Sally, your best student, completes the Extra Credit assignment out of pure enjoyment, it doesn’t mean she isn’t expecting external rewards like approval and attention.

Some psychologists go so far as to claim that intrinsic motivation doesn’t exist. Professor Steven Reiss at Ohio State University believes that human motivations can’t be forced into one category or the other and labeled as good or bad.

“We are taking many diverse human needs and motivations, putting them into just two categories, and then saying one type of motivation is better than another,” he says. “But there is no real evidence that intrinsic motivation even exists.”

The argument is that people should do something because they enjoy it, and that rewards only sabotage natural desire.

Reiss disagrees.

“There is no reason that money can’t be an effective motivator, or that grades can’t motivate students in school,” he says. “It’s all a matter of individual differences. Different people are motivated in different ways.”

But is this still true in the 21st century?

Welcome to The Hotel Zoomifornia

clown motel signStory by Jared Reynolds

This past summer I taught a summer course, which, as you know are pretty short. It is really important to meet every class since the normal 16 week course is condensed to 8. So everything was going fine with the class and then, just like an unexpected car slamming into another, it happened: vacation plans. Turns out that one of my course meetings would fall victim to some vicious summer fun. What would I do? The class material was already condensed enough. How would I cover all of the material and administer all of the assessments? All of a sudden, it came to me, just like angels singing… Zoom. “I can Zoom!” I thought to myself. I quickly (and as nonchalantly as possible) asked my wife what our plans were for the day in question.

Turns out, we didn’t have anything going on in the morning, “Perfect!” I thought to myself, “I can do class in the morning from the hotel room.” This was still going to be a long shot, though. I have four kids and a wife, all of whom would be in the hotel room with me. Hmmm, kids that act like they are in a circus, in a hotel room with a wife that wants vacation and not for her hubby to be working. “I can do it.” I said to myself, as if I were a mad scientist tapping his fingertips together. Fortunately, I explain my situation to my wife and she buys it. I notify the students of the situation and that we were going to meet on Thursday online. They too bought the idea and really, why not? Class from home? Nice! Before we knew it, we were off to vacation-land. I have to admit, I wondered if having class, given these horrible circumstances, would work.

Well, the day came. My lesson was ready and Zoom was open on my computer. I quickly acquired a join link for the meeting and post the link in the announcements for the class. Shortly after, as sure and the sun was shining, one, two, three… until: ten, ten students in the online class with me running the show. They all joined, participated, and the class went on with me able to see their happy faces just as I did in the classroom. I taught as normal (switching between presentation and activities), asked questions as normal, and it all happened online! After the class was over I asked the students if they liked having class from home and they, unanimously, said yes.

Ever since that day I have wanted to teach a WebLive class. The WebLive (what we are proposing to call this modality) model using Zoom has a lot going for it. Teachers and students are afforded the ability to participate live in an online class from the convenience of home while sacrificing little. Everyone can see each other, teachers can share their presentations from their screen instead of a projector, with no driving, no putting on shoes, no sitting next to that other person that may make you a little uncomfortable – none of that! So ,off I go into the wild blue frontier of WebLive teaching. Wish me luck!

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What can I do with a tablet for my classes?  Watch this video for some ideas:

Do Teaching Videos Work?

I was lucky to see a fantastic talk about learning at Instructure Con 2015 by Derek Mueller, host of Veritasium, a popular YouTube Channel about science. It’s popular because it’s fun, interesting, and well-made – and he is great on-camera talent – but part of its success is also due to science applied to video-making.

Derek has a PhD in Philosophy, and his thesis paper is titled “Designing Effective Multimedia for Physics Education”.

His paper, and his keynote, was about how people learn, and how revealing and acknowledging misconceptions is a way to open minds to learning. Simply lecturing about a subject, he says, is fairly ineffective, but by creating confusion in the learner, and showing them other people going through their own learning process, is effective in helping people to grasp concepts more deeply. It’s another example of how our ideas of how learning happens don’t always jibe with reality.



Better Online Teaching Through Online Learning

nullThere are many strategies to improving your online teaching, but have you considered taking an online course yourself? If you teach online, being an online student is a powerful way to see what really goes on from that side of the fence. Now it’s easier than ever to be an online student at NO COST and NO OBLIGATION: the advent of MOOCs. “Massive Open Online Courses” raged on to the edu scene a few years ago, and they are still expanding, with thousands of courses by top colleges and universities offering them through a few providers, like EdX, Coursera, and others. You can participate as little or as much as you want, but if it’s a subject of interest – and you’ll find one – you might get into it and even learn something. I guarantee you learn something about online learning, no matter what the subject. Here’s a course about online teaching from a college in Austrailia.