The Best 11 Posts of 2017

Every December I like to revisit what I have been yammering on about for the last 11 months or so. While I do have a Best Of list, I also think it’s nice to identify one post from each month that I think is worth reading (or rereading). Here are the posts from 2017 that I …

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 …

Class is Fun: Is That 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 …