I attended another CTE Online Learning Showcase today, this one put on by a professor teaching an online nutrition course. She was incredibly excited, and is obviously a very dynamic teacher. Going through her Blackboard site, her enthusiasm for teaching shone through even on the online course. The most valuable idea I took away from her session today was this:
“Don’t ask for a summary of something, ask for an explanation of what they’ve learned.”
I found this very interesting. It’s not a difficult concept, just a different way of phrasing a question. Hopefully this type of language will push students to think a little more deeply about the material and what they are doing, rather than just spitting back out memorized facts. I will definitely try to use this if I develop any type of assessment or evaluation for a class I teach in the future.