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‘Speaking of Higher Ed’: Teaching tips for a successful semester

Every semester presents a mix of challenges and opportunities for both students and faculty. In this episode of Speaking of Higher Ed, Jenn Rose and JoAnn Edmond, faculty and instructional developers in Augusta University’s Center for Instructional Innovation, share five practical tips to help kick-start the semester on a strong note.

They discuss the importance of crafting a learner-centered syllabus and getting a jump-start on integrating tools within the Learning Management System. The conversation also touches on strategies for giving timely and meaningful feedback, with a focus on utilizing LMS tools for scheduled course communications.

Rose and Edmond highlight the usefulness of tools such as replace strings in personalizing messages for students, even when using a generic message for everyone. They also suggest considering the incorporation of rubrics in the LMS to clarify grading criteria and streamline the grading process. Rubrics can be used for assignments in online or face-to-face courses.

Watch now on the university’s YouTube channel or listen on your favorite podcast app!

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