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Guides and resources to help with remote learning, student assessment and engagement.

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7 ways to implement online peer assessment

7 ways to implement online peer assessment
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5 Steps to Achieving Tenure

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Using Kritik for Small Class Sizes

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How Metacognition Helps Students

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Engaging Students with Peer Assessment

Students surveyed wanted their professor to have the final say over their grades with the ability to override any student assessment, and they were seeking a more fulfilling assessment experience prioritizing the learning and opportunity for feedback over the specific grade.
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Developing Long-Term Memory in Short-Term Summer Courses

The main concern with these summer courses is that the learning environment primes students to encode most of the knowledge they’ve gained as short-term memory. Given the relatively short timeframe of these courses and the mental stress that comes with it, traditional pedagogies used in full terms are not as effective at developing and enhancing student’s long-term memory (Vogel & Schwabe, 2016). Oftentimes, summer courses are still structured in a manner where students complete cumulative assignments that only use lower-level thinking such as memorization. Although this promotes the improvement of students’ knowledge retrieval, the retention of the information gained greatly decays over time as the mental process of fast-paced learning mostly engages the brain’s hippocampus which is where new memories are formed and retrieved from (Jonides & al., 2008; Schapiro & al., 2017; VanElzakker, 2008). 
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Effective Academic Presentation Tips Your Students Need to Know

Delivering information in a manner that is clear, concise and insightful while providing an audience with great learning opportunities are important components for successful presentations. Today, presentation skills are a basic requirement of every field, and students must practise and aim for mastery in preparation for the workplace.
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How Peer Evaluation Significantly Reduces Grade Disputes

One of the most common misconceptions about peer evaluation is that it opens up opportunities for unqualified students to grade one another which leads to an increased amount of grade disputes. However, in reality, peer evaluation does the opposite and significantly reduces grade disputes as a result of multiple perspective reasoning brought by open peer-to-peer discourse
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Types of Student Assessments and their Purpose and Differences

Assessments are educators’ different methods and tools to measure, evaluate, and track students’ academic preparedness and skill acquisition, learning progress, and educational needs. In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of assessments and their purposes.
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Implementing Non-Disposable Assignments to Improve Student Learning

"What if we changed these ‘disposable assignments’ into activities which actually added value to the world? Then students and faculty might feel different about the time and effort they invested in them" (Wiley, 2013)
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Motivating Students Who Receive Negative Feedback from Peers

"even at one of the most prestigious universities of the world, you cannot take student motivation for granted" (Van de Veen, 2015)
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Using Technology to Encourage Critical Thinking Instead of Cheating

In light of the mass transition to online learning caused by the pandemic, academia has experienced major obstacles and dilemmas regarding instructional strategies and assessment procedures in remote environments.
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Are Your Students Getting Enough Feedback?

Feedback is an integral part of students’ learning process and academic growth. However, faculty resources are limited and a large amount of professors’ time is spent towards grading.
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Cost of Education: How Kritik Adds More Value for Less

Cost of Education: How Kritik adds more value for less
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Gamification in Education - Why it Works

Gamification in education - Why it works
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Remote Education and the Benefits of Peer Learning to Mental Health

Remote Education and the Benefits of Peer Learning to Mental Health
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What is Classroom Community?

Creating curriculum. Creating lectures that are both engaging and informative. Grading papers and exams. Holding office hours.
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What is Peer Assessment?

Peer assessment is a powerful tool instructors can utilize to help students learn, analyze, and engage more deeply in their understanding of course content.
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What is UDL: Universal Design for Learning?

Universal design for learning is a framework. It is meant to help provide guidelines for people in charge of educating students.
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The Challenges of Teaching Online

The coronavirus pandemic hit many businesses and institutions, throwing the traditional teaching methods into disarray. Most institutions closed or moved fully remote, making students and their professors adapt to new modes of learning.
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6 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy strategies to boost student engagement

6 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy strategies to boost student engagement
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6 ways peer assessment can enhance student learning online

6 ways peer assessment can enhance student learning online
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3 ways that Bloom's Revised Taxonomy benefits educators today

Help Your Students Bloom Online
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4 Icebreakers for Remote Learning Environments

4 icebreakers to help students ease back into academic life with online classes.
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The surprising truth about plagiarism & peer assessment

Plagiarism & peer assessment, is it a big threat? Learn tips on how to reduce the impact of cheating in your class.
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How to improve learning for community college students

Kritik’s platform is free for community colleges; learn how peer assessment can benefit community college students today.
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The Empathetic Professor: How to Teach with Empathy

Learn tips on how to teach online with empathy
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How to Re-Transition to Online Learning Following a COVID Outbreak

As schools begin to re-open, the threat of further COVID school closures remain. We breakdown the tips you need in case your in-person class is suddenly forced back online.
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How to implement flipped classrooms online

How the flipped classroom approach benefits students & how to implement it for your in-person or online class.
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How to implement active learning in your classroom

What is active learning & how it benefits students.
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How to make grading more equitable for students

We outline the bias present in grading today & provide tips for instructors to make grading more fair and equitable for their students.
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How to Prepare for the First Day of (Zoom) Class

Here are some tips to help you and your students prepare for online video classes
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How to Stop Zoom Fatigue

Tips for professors & students on reducing the impact of Zoom Fatigue while studying online
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How to reduce stress before the start of the school year

Tips for educators on reducing start-of-year stress & how Kritik can help
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How to Enhance your LMS with Kritik

Learn how Kritik can be used alongside your LMS this semester to provide an enhanced learning experience for students.
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Equity in Education: Race, Poverty & COVID

COVID impacted students' learning; see how you can foster an equitable learning environment for your students.
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What are Hybrid-Flexible or Hyflex Courses and Their Impact on Student Learning

We break down how educators can prepare for Hyflex courses this fall.
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What is Team Based Learning?

See how Team-Based Learning improves learning outcomes for students all through peer feedback.
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How to Limit Cheating on Online Examinations

Learn tips on how to reduce the prevalence of cheating for your online exams.
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Work-life Balance When You’re Teaching from Home

How to avoid burnout & better manage your time when you're teaching from home.
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The Soft Skills College Students Need to Develop

These are the soft skills college students need to develop in order to thrive in the workforce.
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Synchronous vs. Asynchronous Learning for Online Classes

Which style of learning is best for students studying online? Find our more.
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Peer-to-Peer Curation Activities Boost Higher-Order Thinking

Learn how to use Curation Activities to help students develop Higher-Order Thinking skills.
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Measuring Student Engagement for Large Classes

How can you as an instructor measure the effectiveness of your teaching when you have over 300 students? Find out more.
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How to Improve Student Engagement Outside of the Classroom

How to ensure students are engaged and interactive throughout the term, not just in your classroom.
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Why Calibrated Peer Review Saves Professors Time

See how calibrated peer review can save professors grading time while ensuring students receive optimal feedback on assignments.
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How to Maximize Your Peer Evaluations Results

Learn what you need to do to maximize the results of your peer evaluations
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4 Tips on Transitioning your Course for Online Learning

Learn how to transform your in-class lecture into online experiences for students.
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Help Students Learn Better: Develop Their Critical Thinking Skills, Problem Solving And Decision Making

Learn how Peer Assessment helps students develop critical thinking skills with Bloom's Taxonomy.
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Implementing Remote Class Discussions

Since in-person classes have come to a halt, it has become difficult to organize and run interactive activities like in-class discussions.
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Value of Peer Feedback Beyond the Classroom

Critical and motivational feedback feedback increases productivity, overall knowledge retention and more quality in students work.
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Using Scientific Research to Increase Learning Style and Academic Performance

There is no secret formula that will improve academic achievement for students. If it had been there it would definitely differ by faculty. The purpose of this article is to lay out theories which have actually worked; real studies that are directly achieving results.
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How to convert your course content into Kritik Activities

Cumulative assignments can be transformed into smaller segments of peer evaluation that will ultimately help your students produce a higher quality final assignment.
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4 Essential Transitional Strategies for Teaching Online During COVID-19

How educational technology will help your online teaching initiatives in the midst of COVID-19.
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Teaching Tips In The Midst of COVID-19

Amidst the pain and uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, professors are scrambling to transition their courses online. Here are some tips to ensure that students stay engaged during a time of social distancing.
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