Glossary

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Authentic Assessment

Authentic Assessment

In this mode of assessment, instructors provided creative learning experiences and scenarios to measure students’ ...
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Asynchronous Instruction

Asynchronous Instruction

In online settings, asynchronous instruction allows students to engage with course content and assignments on ...
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Active Learning

Active Learning

Active learning is an umbrella term for any instructional method that encourages student engagement in ...
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Backwards Design

Backwards Design

This process allows instructors to reverse engineer assignments/course curriculum by considering the learning outcomes for ...
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Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom’s Taxonomy

A classification system used to distinguish different levels (domains) of learning. These domains include: Remembering, ...
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Chunking Information

Chunking Information

A strategy that allows learners to use their short-term memory more effectively by breaking up ...
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Constructivism

Constructivism

An educational theory developed by Jean Piaget based upon the belief that learner's construct knowledge ...
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Differentiated Instruction

Differentiated Instruction

Instructors use strategies with the needs of all (diverse) learners in mind. Assignments and assessments ...
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Diagnostic Assessment

Diagnostic Assessment

Diagnostic assessments are typically low (or no) stakes assignments that grant an instructor an opportunity ...
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Experiential Learning

Experiential Learning

A process of learning gained through concrete experience, reflection, review, and abstract thinking to reach ...
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Formative Assessment

Formative Assessment

Formative assessments are typically low stakes assignments that grant instructors opportunities to gauge students’ knowledge ...
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Flipped Classroom

Flipped Classroom

In a “flipped” classroom, students complete lower level of cognitive work before class, so that ...
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Fixed Mindset

Fixed Mindset

A term first coined by psychologist Carol Dweck, someone with a “fixed mindset” believes that their ...
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Gamification

Gamification

Gamification is when gaming mechanics are added into non-gaming environments (such as in an L.M.S. or ...
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HyFlex

HyFlex

HyFlex: The defining characteristic of “flexible hybrid” courses (often shortened to “HyFlex”) is that these ...
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Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-Based Learning

This teaching philosophy helps students develop their critical thinking skills by leveraging their curiosity and ...
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Inclusive Teaching

Inclusive Teaching

: Inclusive teaching strategies refer to pedagogical practices that address the needs of all students from all backgrounds ...
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Learning Management System (L.M.S.)

Learning Management System (L.M.S.)

A software application or web-based technology used to plan, implement and assess a specific learning ...
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Memory consolidation and learning

Memory consolidation and learning

The manner in which information enters into a human's long-term memory and becomes crystallized. Photo ...
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Meta-cognition

Meta-cognition

Meta-cognition is a reflective process which allows students and instructors a means to build an ...
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Project-Based Learning

Project-Based Learning

Project-based learning allows students to actively engage in real-world projects. Such an approach allows students ...
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Service Learning

Service Learning

A method of teaching that engages students in direct service as an essential part of ...
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Scaffolding

Scaffolding

This refers to assignments and learning units within a course that are structured to build ...
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Summative Assessment

Summative Assessment

This type of assessment is used to measure students’ knowledge after a subject has been ...
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Student Engagement

Student Engagement

A broad term that suggests students’ interest, curiosity, and passion for the activities in a ...
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Transfer

Transfer

When used within the pedagogical discussions, the term transfer refers to students’ ability to take ...
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Universal Design of Instruction

Universal Design of Instruction

Universal Design of Instruction is a framework focused on making learning available to all students ...
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