This post is narrowly focused on my Social Problems course, which I revamped substantially last year in the face of COVID to provide students with more examples of social problems being ameliorated, something we did via service learning pre-COVID that wasn’t possible now. During a time of continual crisis, I found that my students benefited... Continue Reading →
What students need to know about tests
Providing information about exams to students helps curb cheating and helps them take responsibility for their performance.
9 Practices for Protecting and Rebuilding Your Energy
Planning for reality doesn't diminish joy should better times come, but it does make living in this moment easier.
Students love discussion board–when it’s well-designed.
Encourage students to speak to each other, not just to feed you "correct" answers to narrow questions.
Start Strong this Semester with Six Easy Tips
Remember that students are often less adept at learning from home than you are at teaching from home.
Handling hot conversations in college classes
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 →
Lighten your load: Weight grades.
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 →
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 →
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 →