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The Struggle with Blogging

As you know, I am a big fan of having students blog. And, as you also know, I recently decided to have my masters class move into having a multi-authored class blog as opposed to individual ones (see our blog here). The semester is now in full swing, and students are in fact blogging (it’s …

Blogging for Teachers: Part 1 – Why Blog?

A goal of mine for this blog is to get it better connected to my You Tube channel. I say that like I have a solid You Tube channel – I don’t. It’s kind of a mess. But it’s a goal of mine to develop it more and connect it to this blog. In that …

Errors in Blogging

Recently, I shared a post written by a student in my Politics of Reading class on Facebook.  Someone noticed that the post contained a factual error and left me a comment. The author of the comment said to me: I posted a gentle but critical response [to the author of the post] because I think that kind …

This Blogging Things Keeps Getting Better

I’ve written numerous posts about how I use blogging in my classes including why I love it and how I’ve launched a multi-authored blog in a course this semester. But now I’m hitting on something new – what happens to blogs when they get used within and across a program. Last fall, I had the …

Why I Love Blogging as a Teaching Tool

I have been using blogging in my masters level classes for some time now. I can’t even count how many classes have had to blog as part of their experience. This current class is at least my fourth class doing it and possibly my fifth. I lost count a long time ago. Doesn’t really matter. …

Why An LMS Is Not A Community

One of the biggest struggles I often face is how to have sustained, high-quality discussions in an online context. I know I am not alone here. Now, I know I can force the issue with students. I could require them to post X number of times in a given week, or I could require X …

How to Set Teaching Goals that Make an Impact

I like to set teaching goals for myself at the start of each semester. Actually, it doesn’t have to be multiple goals. It could just be one goal that you want to focus in on deeply over the next few months. Setting teachers goals can invigorate your teaching, allow you to push yourself, and be …

Creating a Mindful Schedule

Here’s the nice thing about teaching a F2F class: You know exactly when it’s going to happen, and you’re not going to be doing anything else during that time. When it’s time to teach, it’s time to teach. When I have taught F2F classes, or even hybrid ones, my schedule was clearly marked off in …

The Scary Part About Being a Student

It’s summer! I just moved from North Carolina to Wyoming to start a new job. I’m getting settled in. Posts between now and August 21st will be intermittent as I get up to speed. Regular content will resume August 21st. Recently, I drove about 1800 miles to move from Durham, NC to Laramie, WY. You …

Framing the Problem

When I think about writing a syllabus, and how I want to structure a class, I tend to formulate it around questions. For example, I have taught a class where the overarching question was, “What does it mean to be literate?” and another where it was, “What counts as knowledge?” I then use these larger …

The Campus LMS: Bound to the System

Regardless of if you teach online, face-to-face, or in a hybrid format you likely have some experience with a Learner Management System (LMS). And, I assume your campus subscribes to one which, technically, means you are supposed to use it. So let’s talk about that. First, there are obvious benefits to a campus LMS. For …

May Video Round Up

At the end of each month, I do a brief overview of the videos posted to my You Tube Channel. Here’s the run down for May: Creating Book Snaps This month, I learned about book snaps and gave them a go. There are lots of possibilities for how you can incorporate them into your instruction. …

Examining The Points-Based Grading System

Recently, I came across this article on point-based grading systems. The ideas in the article were nothing new, and I’m sure you’ve heard most (if not all) before. This includes things like: students expect and are used to points points are not entirely objective points are an extrinsic form of motivation; the goal is to …

The Problems with Competencies

I’ve been reading College Disrupted: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education. Because I am in the middle of reading it, this post isn’t meant to be a review of the book (which I am thoroughly enjoying). The point of this post is to bring us back around to discussing issues with competency based education in higher education. …

A Student’s Reflections on Grading

Today I bring you a guest post from a recent student. In this post, the student reflects on what it’s like to be in a class that uses gamification and XP as a form of grading. I’m thrilled to be able to share this with you because it’s always helpful to get a perspective on …

Reimagine Education

I want to put something on your radar in case you don’t know about it: The Reimagine Education conference. I’m not sure how I found out about it, but I was excited to learn that this is a group that supports innovation and change in education (particularly with technology). I’ve never been before (I’m hoping …

Teacher as Designer

I’ve just finished reading Reality is Broken: Why Games Matter and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal. I was inspired to read it to further my thinking on gamification in teaching. It’s not about gamification in education specifically – although there is a bit on it in the book – but rather what games …

Reading Without Walls

Before we launch into today’s post, I’m sure you noticed I changed the name of the blog. Why did I do that? Two reasons: I’m not bored anymore. I have a new job with lots of new exciting opportunities that have me revved up. I first got the name Teaching Academia in trying to narrow down what …

Now It’s Time to Teach Online

If you’ve been reading along for awhile, you know that I have never gotten to teach 100% online. However, it’s likely obvious that I have been dying to do that! And finally, starting in Fall 2017, I will get to do just that. And do you know how this came about? It’s because I got …

2016 Year In Review

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 2016 that …