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 →

Educator Check-In: Are You Overfunctioning?

It's Sunday night, which means many of my teacher friends are doing what they ought not: gearing up to overfunction. Overfunctioning is when you assume responsibility that is not yours and do work that belongs to others, thereby taking from others the responsibility and work they need to assume to develop into the people they... Continue Reading →

Framing Your Online Course

Read time: approx. 13 minutes This blog post is part of a series to help you build an online course quickly. It is for people who are preparing to launch their third trimester in course that they thought would be F2F but will begin instead as an online course, those looking ahead to intensive May... Continue Reading →

Setting the Tone for Discussion Boards

I'm a big fan of online discussion boards (even for F2F classes) because they can foster thoughtful, deep conversation and still be easy to grade. Good questions make them possible, but, of course, you have to have students being respectful and engaged. How to do it? First, a clear policy of expectation. Something like this... Continue Reading →

A Strategy for Curbing Online Cheating: Test Banks

One of the nicest, if unintentional, compliments I received from a student was one who complained that “you can’t even Google answers for tests in Dr. Barrett-Fox’s classes.” The student was frustrated that, even though most questions on most of my exams for Intro to Soc are trule/false and multiple choice, the answers weren’t ones... Continue Reading →

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