Networks vs. Groups in Online Instruction

I’ve been reading Teaching Crowds: Learning & Social Media (Dron & Anderson, 2014). I bought it to help me think about a research project, but it’s also really helping me make sense of my teaching. In the book, the authors discuss the differences between learning in groups, networks, sets, and with collectives. In this post, I …

Earning an A in an Online Class

About halfway through the semester I realized something: two of my students had achieved enough points to earn an A. How is that possible, and what should I do about it? For the record, the majority of the students have earned enough points for a C at the midpoint. If you’re doing about an average …

Why Bonus Passes Work

As we’ve started to progress through the semester, I have realized that it would be good to give students a way to work around difficult situations. You know what these situations look like. You get sick. You’re exhausted. You meant to do the work but, like I just said, you’re exhausted. You went to do …

Bonus Passes

Announcement: Interested in improving your use of social media in your instruction? I have a new course on how to do this with twitter. The course is in development, but you can join now for 15.00 and it’s yours even as new content is added. Join! This semester, I created Bonus Passes for students in …

Class is Fun is a Compliment

Early on in the semester, I had a student message me and tell me that she was finding my class to be fun. Since then, several others have said the same thing. And you know what? I’m glad. I want class to be fun, and I’m not ashamed to say it. Having our classes be …

Reaching Out to Students

Fostering community and relationships in an online class is important. It’s also challenging. And, while I’m sure I can do better, I am always working on it. I began the semester by having students post an intro on Flip Grid. My initial thought was that I would really get into the groove of Flip Grid …