No-neutrality teaching

"You can't be neutral on a moving train" is the title of radical historian Howard Zinn's autobiography. It's a reminder that if we stand still as the world moves, we move in the same direction as the world, even though we experience ourselves as stationary. It's the same when we teach in the classroom and... Continue Reading →

Lighten your load: Weight grades.

Six weeks ago, my local public school resumed classes. The district decides on a week-by-week basis if students will be fully online, in person 2 days a week and online 3, or fully in person. This also varies by elementary, middle, and high school, so you elementary schools will be hybrid next week while the... Continue Reading →

Last days to read “How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change Our Future Teaching” online for free at Religion & American Culture

Free access to this FORUM piece--brief think pieces on current issues--ends tomorrow. Check out contributions by Brandon Bayne, Valerie Cooper, Gastón Espinosa, and me, all scholars of religion writing about the impact of the pandemic on higher education broadly. You can download now and read another day if you don't have time today. In my... Continue Reading →

Lighten Your Teaching Load.

October and March are hard months for educators--too far from the start of the year to be excited by the newness and too far from winter or summer break to find the motivation to finish strong. For many of us, this October came fast. Some of us began school earlier than usual, trying to get... Continue Reading →

“College Is About Community, Not Just Courses. That’s a Challenge For Faculty This Fall.”

Thanks to EdSurge for the opportunity to share my hope that we can build meaningful online communities for our students, communities that, just as their coursework does, helps see themselves as learners together. "[W]e are figuring out how online education can create ties that help students see themselves as members of a community, just like... Continue Reading →

6 ways to use live sessions in asynchronous classes

Today's Zoom crash, on the first day for many colleges and public schools (but certainly not the first day of all--we have weeks ahead of us where daily many more people will be trying to learn online), is a reminder that online teaching requires frustration tolerance for technology, which will always fail sometimes. This becomes harder... Continue Reading →

KU Violates Research Ethics to Justify Reopening

The University of Kansas has either deliberately or through incompetence misled the public about student demand for face-to-face classes during the national COVID crisis. (Just kidding! It doesn't matter in research ethics if the mistake you made the killed people was on purpose or through negligence. You are still responsible.) Insisting that student preferences determine... Continue Reading →

Online-by-Design: A Table of Contents

Some of us are just days away from the start of our Fall semester. And whether that is already fully online or hybrid or in-person, it's likely that your classes may end up being fully online. Successful online teaching is very different from successful in-person teaching, and while no one expects a novice to be... Continue Reading →

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