Recovering Struggling Students in the Online Course Environment

Audrey Begun and Jennie Babcock of the College of Social Work presented advice for assisting students struggling in online courses. This centered around active engagement and creating a community within the course. They provided tops to monitor student progress, identify who was struggling, and take actionable steps to help them get back on track.

Learning Goals included:

  1. Design courses to prevent student disengagement by front-loading community-building activities.
  2. Recognize signs of student disengagement and struggling in the online context.
  3. Take active steps to engage struggling students with purposeful, effective interventions.



iOS Apps for Teaching and Learning: ODEE Webinar

This webinar focused around the implementation of various iOS apps in teaching. The consideration is made to whether or not these apps are student-centers or instructor-centered tools, and the webinar discussed Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy and the skills that each tool can illicit.

Apps that were demonstrated include:

Canvas Teacher

  • A mobile app designed to make adjusting your Carmen course, giving feedback and grading as easy as possible.


  • A fully featured note taking app that can sync audio with your notes. ($9.99 one time)


  • A mobile app designed to easily make short videos with text, graphics and effects

Adobe Spark Video

  • A mobile app designed to easily make great videos using video, photos, text, icons, music and voiceovers.


  • Microsoft’s very powerful note taking app that you can use for free with Office 365.

Explain Everything Whiteboard

  • A mobile app designed to communicate visually in a myriad of ways. ($9.99 one time)


  • A task manager and timer that can be used many ways


  • A web based app that uses artificial intelligence to provide you with professional drawings you can use many ways.
  • AutoDraw’s Website:

Swift Playgrounds

  • An app to learn and experiment with the basics of the Swift programming language.


  • A super easy way to create a Podcast and post it to Apple Podcasts and Google Play Music.

Adobe Spark Page

  • Create a beautiful web story with text, photos, video and themes.



Turn-It-In: How to Interpret a Similarity Report Webinar

This webinar explained Turn-It-In similarity reports, how to interpret similarity scores, and how to implement filters within the Feedback Studio.

Important take aways from the webinar include:

  • Similarity scores are NOT absolute
  • It is more helpful to view the live online system, as if a student downloads a report it may show different things at different times depending on when they submit compared to their classmates and the deadline
  • A raw score of 0% is not necessarily a good thing. It can indicate; an incomplete submission, missing references, missing words, falsified references, essay mills, online tools, etc.
  • Large scores can also indicate a cumulative total of a lot of small or larger matches, complete or almost complete copies, using other students’ work, resubmitting an assignment from a previous submission, etc.
  • Promote the “reference rainbow”
  • Filtering can be applied to remove quotes or references
  • Quotes MUST be included in ” ” in order to be counted
  • There are still several way students try to get around the software; back translation, paraphrasing tools, older textbooks, shared work, reusing assignments, etc. so academic judgment is always required

Link to webinar:


Decoding the SEI: How to Favorably Impact Student Perceptions of Learning


The Student Evaluations of Instruction (SEIs) provide feedback to Ohio State instructors at the end of each term. Understanding this feedback can assist instructors in improving their course design and student learning. The four part webinar reviewed each of the questions within the SEIs and how to interpret results including;

  • what elements of teaching the SEI is actually asking about,
  • how the SEI questions align with scholarship on how teaching can promote learning,
  • suggest specific strategies for favorably impacting your SEI results, and
  • how you might choose what to focus on once you receive your results


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Simplify your Teaching Life Using Office 365

A webinar presented ways to integrate Office 365 into your course using standard programs (Word, Powerpoint, etc).

Learning Goals included:

  1. Describe what Office365 is and what it can be used to do.
  2. Design assignments to use Office365 and Carmen.
  3. Enable group activities and collaboration with Office365.