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Virtual Class Now! – How to Move Your Education Online in a Hurry (EP:14)

Virtual Class Now! – How to Move Your Education Online in a Hurry (EP:14)
With Stacy Craft, M.Ed & Metta Kuehntopp, M.Ed.

Across the globe, educators are being asked to move their curricula online practically overnight. This can be a very stressful challenge. Don’t fret though! There are some things that just about everyone can do to help make the transition a little smoother, and maintain some of the spirit of your original brick and mortar classroom. In this episode, Senior Instructional Designers Metta Kuehntopp and Stacy Craft chat through some of the things that you can do today to make this move. 

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Additional Resources

Joint Response Regarding COVID-19 and Advice on Transitioning Face-to-Face Courses Online

Screen-O-Matic – Screen recording Web App –

FlipGrid – Free Video Discussion Board App –

Zoom – Meeting App –

Open Board – Free Whiteboard App –

Collaborate Ultra – App Information –

Voicethread –


So You Want to Temporarily Teach Online:

Prepare to Move Online (in a Hurry):

9 New Ways to Use Flipgrid in the Classroom

Preparing for Emergency Online Teaching:

6 Tips to Better Slides Right Now (EP:13)

6 Tips to Better Slides Right Now (EP:13)
With Special Guests

Slideshow presentations are a standard in education. We have all seen good slides. We have all seen slides that leave us fatigued, distracted, bored and confused.  How can you make sure that your slides fall on the better side of this division?   Join Stacy Craft and a panel of educational experts as they share six tips that can help you propel your slideshows excellence.

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Additional Resources

Top Ten Slide Tips – Garr Reynolds

How Can I Make My PowerPoint Presentations Amazing?

Adobe Color

Color Theory for Presentations: How to Choose the Perfect Colors for Your Designs

Electronic Slideshow Presentations in the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Process

Pixabay – Free Stock Images

Unsplash – Free Stock Images

Videos: – Improving Your PowerPoint Presentations – Evidence Based Principles

Learning Styles – Unpacking the Myth (EP:12)

Dr. Tesia MarshikLearning Styles – Unpacking the Myth (EP:12)
With Tesia Marshik, PhD.

Let’s talk about learning styles! The idea that we learn better in our “preferred learning style” is pretty pervasive and has become part of popular culture. Scores of consumer sites sell and promote various examples and models, urging people to “find your learning style”. But, is there any evidence to support this? As educators, do we have a duty to follow the science? Join Stacy Craft and Associate Professor of Psychology Dr. Tesia Marshik as they unpack the learning styles neuromyth, the culture around this popular idea, why it is harmful and how to persevere to create quality effective educational experiences that still allow learners to reflect on how they learn.

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Additional Resources

The Myth of Learning Styles by Cedar Riener and Daniel Willingham

Stop propagating the learning styles myth by Paul A. Kirschner

Learning Styles as a Myth – Yale University

Daily Prompt: Learning Styles

Videos: – The Myth of Individual Learning Styles with Dr. Robert Bjork

Learning Styles and the importance of critical self-reflection with Tesia Marshik – TEDxUWLaCrosse –

How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan A. Ambrose, Michael W. Bridges, Michele DiPietro, Marsha C. Lovett, Marie K. Norman, Richard E. Mayer

Make It Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by by Peter C. Brown, Henry L. Roediger III, Mark A. McDaniel


What Learners Want – Motivations and Strategies to Enhance Education (EP:11)

What Learners Want – Motivations and Strategies to Enhance Education
With Michael Horn, MBA.

Do you know why your learners are choosing their education? Understanding the mindset of learners is an important insight to inform how exactly you design and deliver education. Join Stacy Craft and distinguished author, speaker and innovative educational expert Michael Horn, MBA as they chat expansively about learner motivation, its impacts on design choices, the ins and outs of blended and active learning, as well as personal autonomy and why rats who drive cars made of plastic bottles is so relatable.

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Additional Resources

Blended Learning Universe

Flipped Learning Network

Writing Quality Multiple Choice Questions – Theories, Tips, and the Titanic (EP:10)

Patti ShankWriting Quality Multiple Choice Questions – Theories, Tips, and the Titanic (EP:10)
With Patti Shank, PhD.

Multiple choice questions are ubiquitous in education. We all use them, and they are essential to assessing and gathering data of all sorts. But, are we doing it right? What does the research show about what we need to be doing better? In this episode, award winning author, former eLearning Guild Research Director, and education expert Patti Shank, PhD, chats with Stacy Craft about what it takes to create quality multiple choice questions, how to validate them, and why it is so important to outcomes. From immediate tips you can start using today to an in depth exploration of all things multiple choice – who knew there was so much to ponder about the art of multiple choice questions?

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Additional Resources

Do THIS, Not THAT When Writing Multiple-Choice Questions by Patti Shank

Designing Quality Multiple Choice Questions -Yale Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning

Common Mistakes in Writing MCQs

Vyas, Rashmi & Supe, Avinash. (2007). Multiple choice questions: A literature review on the optimal number of options. The National medical journal of India. 21. 130-3.


Writing Good Multiple Choice Questions – Presented by: David J. DiSantis, MD Recorded September 13, 2016 at RSNA’s Faculty Skills Update: Beyond the Podium—Tips for Teaching and Testing


Caring and Education – From Theory to Practice in Adult Education (EP:09)

Whitney Kilgore Phd.Caring and Education – From Theory to Practice in Adult Education (EP:09)
With Whitney Kilgore, PhD.

The ethics of care, often referred to as “Care Theory”, is a theory and philosophy that encompasses the human experience as a whole. Pioneered by educationalist and philosopher Nel Noddings with the publication of her book “Caring” in 1982 along with continued work thereafter, Care Theory asks us to re-frame our approach to each other and our experiences through the lens of caring. But, why does this matter and how does it intersect with pedagogy and adult education? In this episode, iDesign co-founder, author, faculty, and researcher Whitney Kilgore, PhD, chats with Stacy Craft about what Care Theory is and why it matters as well as how to integrate caring into our individual educational strategies as well as on a broader scale.

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Additional Resources

Nel Noddings, The Ethics of Care and Education

caring in education – Nel Noddings 

Barrow, M. (2015). Caring in Teaching: A Complicated Relationship. Journal of Effective Teaching15(2), 45-59.

Salehian, M., Heydari, A., Aghebati, N., & Karimi, H. M. (2017). Faculty-Student Caring Interaction in Nursing Education: An Integrative Review. Journal of caring sciences6(3), 257-267.


Nel Noddings Interview – Stanford Historical Society Oral History Program interviews, 1999-2012

Sticky Learning – What Binge Watching Teaches us About the Goldfish Myth (EP:08)

Sticky Learning – What Binge Watching Teaches us About the Goldfish Myth (EP:08)
With Julie Dirksen, M.S.

As educators, you have likely heard a lot about the limits of human attention span, maybe you even heard that cell phones have robbed us of precious mental faculties leaving us with less capacity than a goldfish. Truth be told, there are a lot of ideas out there around the topic of attention span as well as how to make learning materials effective (aka sticky). From goldfish brains to classroom theatrics to multi-hour media binges – what exactly is it that makes us engaged and learning stick? In this episode, designbetterlearning founder, instructional designer, and author of the book Design for How People Learn Julie Dirksen chats with Stacy Craft about strategies for creating ‘Sticky Learning’ and how that connects with our common misconceptions around attention span.

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Additional Resources

How to Make Brain Friendly Learning that Sticks

6 Tricks to Making Learning Sticky! 

Teaching Tips – Sticky Learning

Baird, A. (2012). Sticky Teaching. [online] Association for Psychological Science – APS.


Inglis, H., Dawson, K. and Nishioka, R. (2014). Sticky learning. Lanham: Fortress Press.


You can follow Julie on Twitter at @usablelearning

Reflecting on Reflection – The Value of Making Meaning (EP:07)

Reflecting on Reflection – The Value of Making Meaning (EP:07)
With Justin Kreuter, MD

Reflection is a transformative and multifaceted practice that has the potential to impact education, learners, and even educators in profound ways. Its application has the distinct ability to allow individuals to connect current and prior knowledge while simultaneously synthesizing emotional and cognitive information – all while applying insights towards the future. In this episode, physician and educator Justin Kreuter, MD chats with Stacy Craft about reflection in education and beyond, personal insights, and practical ideas for beginning reflection.
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Additional Resources

Getting Started with Reflective Practice – Cambridge International Teaching and Learning Team

Role of Reflection – Brock University Center for Pedagogical Innovation

Elizabeth Smith (2011) Teaching critical reflection, Teaching in Higher Education, 16:2, 211-223, DOI: 10.1080/13562517.2010.515022

Wald, H. S., Borkan, J. M., Taylor, J. S., Anthony, D., & Reis, S. P. (2012). Fostering and evaluating reflective capacity in medical education: developing the REFLECT rubric for assessing reflective writing. Academic Medicine, 87(1), 41-50.

Video – AskSarbramowicz Episode 7 (starting at timecode 7:11)

Contacts: You can reach Justin Kreuter on Twitter @KreuterMD

Introducing Mayo Clinic Educator’s Central (formerly Edufi)

Hey Everyone, just a quick update for you – Edufi is excited to announce that we will be changing our name to Mayo Clinic Educator’s Central and getting a new look. Our focus will still remain the same, creating podcasts exploring technology, pedagogy, and topics in instructional design and education for all educators and we will also be joining the lineup of official Mayo Clinic podcasts. So, when you see our new name, know its the same great content serving educators across the board from the individuals just dipping their toe in education to professional educators in corporate, higher education, non profit etc. It may take a short bit while we transition our name, so just keep this in mind as you see it. With that said, we have a lot of exciting episodes in store for you so keep listening for new Mayo Clinic Educator’s Central episodes.

Humor & Pedagogy: Funny is Not a 4 Letter Word… it’s 5 (EP:06)

Humor & Pedagogy: Funny is Not a Four Letter Word… it’s 5 (EP:06)
With Suzi Mazzenga, MSIT

Humor activates our sense of wonder, which is where learning begins. Then, why does humor get a cold shoulder in education? Mounting research continues to support that integrating positive humor into education improves learning outcomes in pretty powerful ways. For the love of whimsy! – let’s get to the bottom of this! In this episode, humor and education aficionado Suzi Mazzenga chats with Stacy Craft about the art of making learners laugh – exploring everything from why laughter works, tips for getting started, to an interesting story about a tap dancing science teacher with a message.

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Readings and Journals