FERPA Updates in the time of COVID

During a crisis, it can be hard to remember that, no matter what else we do, we must protect student privacy. These FERPA updates from the Department of Education can help. Above, Woman in Her Bath, Sponging Her Leg, by Edgar Degas shows a woman in a copper bathtub, her auburn hair drawn up, lifting... Continue Reading →

Curbing Cheating Online: Remote Proctoring

A mural in Cheltenham, possibly by Banksy,is built around a phone booth, the glass shattered. Three men--one on the left and two on the right of the booth--wear tan trench coats and sunglasses. They spy on the phone booth with microphones and recording devices. Why am I so fervently opposed to proctoring of online exams?... Continue Reading →

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 →

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