Teaching an Online Class You Inherited

Thirty-seven percent of faculty are over age 55. The fact that so many faculty members can shop at their grocery store during hours restricted to those at high risk of serious illness from COVID means that campuses need to prepare now for faculty who use sick leave. Others will be using the Family First portion... Continue Reading →

The Existential Threat to Higher Education is Not What You Think mo

It's not online education. It's a return to physical campuses in the fall. And while this is in part practical--When you kill students, retention necessarily falls.--it goes beyond the numbers of dead and lifelong injured that will result from a physical reopening. Reopening campuses is an admission that science, math, logic, moral reasoning, history, and... Continue Reading →

Helping Students Stay Motivated in Online Courses

One of the realities of teaching online is that students have to be highly motivated to succeed. Drop-out rates at public colleges are an injustice that reflects broader inequities in American society, but they are even higher in online programs.  What that means for Fall 2020, when many otherwise traditional students will be online students,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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