When students can put less effort into learning the LMS, they can put more effort into learning course material.
A Danish proverb says, "He who is afraid to ask is ashamed of learning." But that doesn't mean it's easy to ask!
Students know that they learn better when they speak up in class--whether that is asking clarifying questions, sharing an idea, practicing an explanation, or inviting their peers to expand on their ideas. Still, it can be hard. Students may worry about their spoken English skills, especially for non-native speakersdislike or be surprised at their voice... Continue Reading →
This semester, you can help students complete their assignments with a few easy steps. These choices also tend to reduce student stress and cheating, which in turn reduces teacher stress.
Consistency will help students manage their time and help make sure that nothing (or fewer things) fall through the crack since it limits the changes in a semester full of them.
Remember that students are often less adept at learning from home than you are at teaching from home.
The US's approach to free speech prioritizes individual expression by the speaker over the safety of the listener. In contrast, in the nations we like to compare ourselves to, free speech is often organized around the harm that speech does to others. This is a major difference, but for those of us who teach in... Continue Reading →
I just ran an analysis of my most recently-taught online course and found (again) reminders that how much time students spend in their online classes corresponds to their grade in the course. Now, this comes with several caveats: "How much time spent" isn't a measure of paying attention. A student could login on, turn on... Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →