Discussions about learning in the cloud

Pushing Students to go Beyond without Shooting Yourself in the Foot!

Wednesday, Jan. 29th, 2:30-3:30pm

Various unit offices and online (via Adobe Connect)

You give students problems to solve that they might not be able to solve with the information that is given. You want them to think ‘outside of the box.' However, challenging assignments may result in poor grades, angry students, and low SRTEs.


We all want a program that challenges, provokes, and encourages synergy of thought, but we don't want to hand out easy assignments and good grades in exchange for high SRTEs. How do we reach a successful balance?

What strategies have you used? What options or approaches will help you handle this dilemma – without sacrificing your evaluations?

Save the date as we are joined by Dr. Linda Clark and Dr. Lisa Lenze as we explore these issues through eConversations.

Hosted by the Eberly College of Science Office of Online Education and Statistics

Please invite all interested faculty and instructors to join in on the conversation!

Recommended Pre-Reading


  • Introductions
  • Overview of Topic
  • Survey of research
  • Available resources
  • Experts, experiences, anecdotes, etc.
  • Group discussion

What are eConversations?

Many times, the classroom dynamics and interactions that take place in online courses are different than those of a face-to-face teaching experience--sometimes they can take on a life of their own! eConversations grew out of a faculty development initiative within the Eberly College of Science to help faculty and instructors face these challenges.

Our vision is that a few times during the semester, online learning groups from across the university will host a topic of interest to faculty and instructors involved in teaching online. Our goal is to provide opportunities for participants to:

  • Better understand the activity of teaching and learning online;
  • Broaden and strengthen networks by expanding conversation across disciplines and campuses;
  • Identify and confirm successful online strategies; and
  • Discover and implement new ideas for online education!

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