A letter to my local school board

An unusual turn here at Any Good Thing and a break from my short break online: a letter to my local school board. I live in a state with D+ rating on its COVID handling, in a county with community spread (and death yesterday), and in a region where most counties have rejected our governor's mandate... 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 →

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 →

Managing Email in an Online Classroom

One of the lovely and also hardest parts of teaching online is that you often feel like you are teaching one student at a time. Student-faculty interaction can be quite high, and many students open up quite vulnerably in an online setting. Some will use the class as individual coaching--which may work well in a... Continue Reading →

A Plan for Saving the Fall Semester

By now, virtually everyone has canceled school for the remainder of the year. Some colleges have already announced that summer courses, many of which begin in just a month, will already be taught online; the announcement allows us time to do more than pivot to remote teaching but to build, even if hurriedly, online-by-design courses.... Continue Reading →

Your Syllabus Checklist

If you've been following this series of posts about building an online course by design, you've framed your course, selected your materials, chosen your assignments, written your policies, and added all the other information your syllabus needs. Now is a good time to review your syllabus to a make sure it includes everything it needs... Continue Reading →

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