“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 →

The COVID crisis in the US was foreseeable since 2012.

"Unprecedented." "Unpredictable." "Impossible to anticipate." Those are the excuses we are making for the failures of the US (and state and local) government to respond effectively to the presence of the coronavirus in the US. Above, the newest map from COVID Exit Strategyshows that nearly every state has uncontrolled spread. Only four states show improvement.... Continue Reading →

A letter to my local school board

An unusual turn here at Any Good Thing and a break from my short break online: a letter to my local school board. I live in a state with D+ rating on its COVID handling, in a county with community spread (and death yesterday), and in a region where most counties have rejected our governor's mandate... Continue Reading →

What is “Racism”?

I'm so grateful to welcome Dr. Laura Morlock to Any Good Thing today. Laura holds a PhD in Religious Studies: Religious Diversity in North America from the University of Waterloo (Ontario, Canada). Based in the Greater Toronto Area you can find her there writing about fabrics and Supreme Court decisions, permanently urging her children to... Continue Reading →

Teaching a Class of Someone Else’s Design: The Threat of Online Teaching to Intellectual Freedom and Freedom of Speech

My least favorite part of online teaching is the possibilities for intellectual freedom and freedom of speech to be curtailed in online classrooms. Online teaching produces a number of records (almost all student interactions, except those conducted by phone or video conference and not recorded) that can be reviewed, and faculty have little control over... Continue Reading →

Innovation in Remote Teaching: FotoFika All Stars

Regular readers of this blog know that I'm a fan of the possibilities for online teaching and learning--but I also recognize that different disciplines face very different barriers in creating successful online courses. In particular, science labs, theater classes, studio arts, and other classes that require physical engagement with tools can be a challenge.Today I... Continue Reading →

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