Be Kinder than You Think Your Students Need

"Be kind to your sibling." "I AM being kind--they're the one being a jerk!" "Be kinder. Be kinder. Be kinder than you think you need to be. Be kinder than you think they deserve." It's a regular interaction in my household. Someone--possible more than one someone--has been a jerk, a meanie, an obnoxious brat. Probably... Continue Reading →

Welcoming Students to Their Online Class

This post is part of a series to help you build an online class. If you want to begin at the beginning of the series, start here. A warm relationship with at least one professor is a high leverage practice--one that helps protect vulnerable students from dropping out. Small schools with low teacher to student... Continue Reading →

Protecting Privacy in Synchronous Activities

In any situation, we have to be attentive to student (and our own) privacy. In a F2F class, we do that by following FERPA rules, asking only questions that are appropriate and related to our students' learning, and closing the classroom door when students are sharing. Online spaces require us to think about privacy differently.... Continue Reading →

Privacy, Equity, Accessibility: Reducing Risk of Harm

Whether you have recently pivoted to remote teaching or are thoughtfully crafting an online course for fall or summer, you are probably discovering how difficult online course design and teaching are. Because few professors have taken online courses, we don't have the experience of being online learners. And few of us have training in pedagogy... Continue Reading →

Hearts and Ingenuity to Teach Against the Status Quo

The foundational text of my teaching philosophy is "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus: Notes Towards an Investigation" (1970) by Louis Althusser. As many of us transition to remote teaching, I'm reminded of this passage: I ask the pardon of those teachers who, in dreadful conditions, attempt to turn the few weapons they can find in... Continue Reading →

Privacy from Apps in Online Classrooms

While we should be thinking about student privacy in all settings, online classes present an entirely different set of challenges, given that students are often working from their homesand that they are using technologies that allow them to be viewed and recorded there. This is particularly challenging this semester, when we are teaching students who... Continue Reading →

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