Instructional Resources, Part 1: Variety is the Spice of [Student] Life

By Dana Bodewes, Instructional Designer One way to increase student engagement with course content is to promote a variety of instructional resources that provide multiple perspectives or methods of delivery. When planning instructional content, consider how content posted online can enhance the learning taking place…

Collaborative Note Taking

by Dana Bodewes, Instructional Designer Student note taking is usually encouraged to help students process, summarize, and synthesize new information. Some students and instructors are also exploring the idea of collaborative note taking using online tools like Google Docs and wikis. The idea seems great:…

Understanding the Divide: Academic Research and Our Students

by Lizz Zitron and Amy Stewart-Mailhiot There is often a sizable divide between what students actually know and their perception of what they know. There is an equally sizable divide between students’ high school academic experience and their college one. Both of these divides can…

Sharing Ideas for #PLUteaching

by Dana Bodewes, Instructional Designer In the age of information overload, it can be challenging to filter through constant streams of information to find good ideas to take your teaching to the next level. However, that doesn’t mean we should stop looking or sharing ideas…

Helping Students “Stay Connected” This Summer

by Dana Bodewes, Instructional Designer You may have noticed PLU promoting a new summer session campaign called “Stay Connected”. The campaign hopes to improve retention, decrease time to matriculation, and increase enrollments in summer session courses. A February 2015 survey of PLU students found:  …

Maintaining Student Engagement

by Dana Bodewes, Instructional Designer    The Northwest has experienced some beautiful weather lately and the effects of spring fever are soon to appear in the classroom. It can be difficult to focus on work when sunshine and warmer temperatures are beckoning us outside! Perhaps…