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.

The new QM Accessibility webpage is live!

In the world of QM, one of the essential standards (8.2) reads, “Information is provided about the accessibility of all technologies required in the course. “

As you prepare your online or hybrid course, are you linking to the privacy and accessibility statements for the tools used in your course?  If not, this announcement is for you!  If so, this announcement is also for you!

Your QM@YC team (that’s me!) has built a web page for all of us to include in our Start Here module that satisfies this standard. ( )

Please take a quick look to see if the tools you use in your online or hybrid class are listed.  If not, please send me those links and I will be happy to add them to this web page. Feel free to link to this page from your online or hybrid course: it was designed with all of us in mind.

Questions?  Please contact me at

Thanks for contributing to our shared success!


Project Based Learning (PBL)

Teacher of the year awards… who wins those?  What do they do that is so darn “special”?  Well in this video you will hear from an award winning teacher from Australia and what she does.  Give it a watch and see if there is anything that sparks your creativity!  Video

Teaching methods

You know, there are a lot of things that we need to keep in mind when it comes to teaching.  One thing that is not often discussed is grit.  The students that are most likely to succeed have it.  So, how do we cultivate it?  Well here is a quick Ted Talk to get the wheels turning…  Link

SumSumSummer Institute Institute

Summer Institute number 12 is Tuesday, May 9th & Wednesday, May 10th.  With fantastic home-grown general sessions and over 25 day and evening workshops, it’s going to be another great time to learn and socialize. The Final Faculty Standing competition is a chance to win an iPad Air 2! You can peruse the entire amazing schedule right now:

Then use the YC training site to register:

Get a bittersweet taste of what’s to come in this TRAILER to Tuesday’s, general session: The Teaching Zone: True Confessions from the Trenches of Teaching. What’s your teaching secret?