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 →

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 →

Should we assign grades in a pandemic?

It's been the question filling up faculty listservs: What should we do about grades? I can see the variety of perspectives here (except the one about law schools and med schools demanding letter grades--they will figure something out if we refuse to give letter grades). BUT--let's be honest for a moment. The average GPA of... Continue Reading →

Beyond Policies and Schedule: Other Requirements for Your Syllabus

You've decided on what your students will be watching, reading, listening to, and doing in your class. You've set your due dates and written all your policies. What else does a syllabus need? Course name Course number CRN Semester Catalog description Program Goals Course objectives List of required materials List of prerequisite course and prerequisite... Continue Reading →

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