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Strategies for Promoting Academic Integrity: myCourses Exams

Joe Zelazny—While cheating is not exclusive to online courses, the online environment presents some unique challenges to promoting academic integrity. Tools and settings within myCourses can help you make your exams more secure.

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Instructional Design: We're Trending!

Neil Hair—If you’re an instructor and you’ve not yet made time to visit Innovative Learning Institute’s Teaching and Learning Services in the Wallace Building, read this recent trends report, “Instructional Design: Demand Grows for a New Breed of Academic” from the Chronicle of Higher Education.

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10 Tips for Success from New Online Teachers

Jeremiah Parry-Hill—During the spring semester, RIT’s Teaching and Learning Services hosted a series of workshops for faculty new to developing online courses. After each faculty member taught their newly designed course for the first time, we asked them to write a reflection on how the course went and how they would improve the course before the next offering. With their permission, we’ve taken those reflections and distilled from them 10 tips for improving an online course.

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Faculty Stories: Christine Cray Says "Ditch the Syllabus"

Christine Kray—Teaching online has required a shift in my approach to course instruction. When I talked with a colleague at another university about my experience teaching online, she asked, “But don’t you just have to post your syllabus?” Nothing could be further from the truth. (This made me realize how far afield people’s understandings of online teaching can be—even those of fellow academics!)

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Course Design as Teaching Presence in Online Courses

Marty Golia—Faculty often struggle with the concept of online teaching presence. Does “being present” in an online course mean posting a new video every week (or every day)? Does it mean hosting live, synchronous sessions? Does it mean responding to every discussion post or email immediately?

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