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5 reasons to use backchannels and 3 tools

Posted by on June 13th, 2017 0 comments

What is a backchannel? A backchannel, as used in education, is a flexible tool that can be used to extend a classroom conversation. 5 reasons to use a backchannel A backchannel provides a secure place for shy or quiet students to speak. We’re not all ready with a quick answer, providing a backchannel allows those… Read More »

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Teaching topics: Openers and Closers

Posted by on September 27th, 2016 0 comments Tags:

Did you miss NTO’s free webinar “Teaching Topics: Open and Close with Impact” last Thursday? If you weren’t a part of the 80-strong attendees, have no fear, for a recorded edition is being sliced and diced for our YouTube channel right now.  In the meantime, this post will review several classroom activities & concepts discussed in our webinar. (But not… Read More »

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Word Clouds as Discussion Starters

Posted by on July 26th, 2016 0 comments

I like word clouds. They help us see what’s important or most prevalent in a block of text. When the NTO was the NTC, we used word clouds to help facilitate a discussion in our PubMed for Trainers class about the core competencies of PubMed. We asked students: Is there a set of core competencies… Read More »

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Try the new Q&A Feature in Google Slides for Engagement

Posted by on May 5th, 2016 0 comments

Have you tried Google Slides? I don’t use it on a regular basis, but I just learned about a new feature called Q & A. Q&A is designed to let audience members ask questions during a presentation (anonymously, if they prefer). What’s so novel about that you ask? Students use their smartphone or other smart device to… Read More »

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What We’re Reading – Instructional Design

Posted by on March 21st, 2016 0 comments

The month of March means “spring break” for many academic institutions. And that may mean a break from instruction, but we wanted to give you a short “reading list” in case you are looking for something to occupy any extra time you might have!Here are three titles which the NTC staff have been reading and… Read More »

Posted in: Adult Learning Principles, Instructional Design, Training Tips

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