For students’ sake, use your LMS’ gradebook

If you haven't taught online before, you may never have used an online gradebook (though many who do teach only F2F still use the gradebook in their LMS). In terms of helping me manage the unpleasant tasks of teaching, I think the gradebook is especially helpful. It will likely save you hours (like, many hours)... Continue Reading →

Open-but-Physically-Distant Campuses are Unworkable (And You’d Probably Hate Them)

Last Friday was National College Acceptance Day, the day when colleges traditionally ask students to plunk down their deposits for the next school year. Though many schools have extended that deadline, they remain in a race against students and coronavirus: Many universities keep insisting that campuses will be open in the fall. It's hard not... Continue Reading →

What is college without the liberal arts?

When was the last time you went to a faculty meeting where "pending budget cuts" wasn't an agenda item? I can't even recall. Two years ago, we stopped purchasing letterhead in our department. We pay our administrative assistant--a 12 month, full-time position that lists a BA as a preferred qualification--under $22,000 a year. That's under... Continue Reading →

Successful Grading in an Online Classroom

This post is part of a series to help you prepare for and navigate online teaching. While you can read the posts in any order, if you are just now building a class, you might want to start here. In online courses, creating careful feedback is even more important than in F2F classes. This is... Continue Reading →

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