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Using Rubrics

A rubric is a scoring tool that indicates the criteria for a student assignment. It describes the standards the assignment must fill in terms of such criteria as thesis statement, organization, supporting materials, style/voice, and writing mechanics. Canvas has an easy to setup rubrics tool that can be deployed in discussion boards, quizzes, and assignments.

Thirteen Rules for Writing Multiple Choice Items

Planning the Item

  1. Relate each item to a specific instructional objective or objectives of the course. Make sure that the verb is similar and that the performance level is appropriate. Check to see that the content relates to the topics covered in related objectives and to important teaching points.
  2. Make sure stems and options agree grammatically and conceptually with each other.
  3. Avoid negative statements. If negatives must be used, CAPITALIZE, underscore, bold, or otherwise highlight the negative term.

Introduction: Designing for Online Learning

Designing an Effective Course

Quality online instruction requires effective planning and attention to detail, but the process doesn’t have to be tedious and can even enhance your face-to-face courses. These resources in this section of our website can give you insight on course design that will create the most engaging learning environment for your students.

Step 3: Course Production

<- Previous step: Mapping and Designing

Develop your course site by using Canvas and other instructional technologies to deploy engaging course content, facilitate communication, and assess learning in the online environment.

Using Canvas

If you're not already familiar with the learning management system used at FSU, visit Teaching with Canvas for tutorials, new features, information about workshops, and more.

Instruction at FSU: A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices

Instruction at FSU:
A Guide to Teaching & Learning Practices

This handbook has been designed to help those instructional faculty and graduate teaching assistants who are interested in being more effective teachers. It offers strategies used by experienced instructors and presents instructional methods and techniques following four components of Instructional Design: Course Planning, Lesson Delivery, Student Testing and Grading, and Course Revision and Evaluation.

Encouraging Active Learning in Large Classes

Dr. Nora Underwood

Dr. Nora Underwood is an Assistant Professor of Biological Science and a University Teaching Award Recipient (2006). She teaches Biological Science II and Conservation Biology.

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