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 →

Last days to read “How the Coronavirus Pandemic Will Change Our Future Teaching” online for free at Religion & American Culture

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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