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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. …

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 …

Reviewing the Class Blog

This semester, I had teachers in my masters class blog together on a single site as opposed to having their own individual spaces. Previously I had always asked the teachers to maintain their own blog. This wasn’t complicated. The issue was that it takes time to build an audience, particularly if you are starting from …

Teaching Students About Rejection

I recently read a great piece in the Chronicle about how to survive rejection as an author. It starts with this statement (which I am sure we are all familiar with): “To write is to be rejected.” Yep. That is 100% true. Rejection rears it’s head in many forms. The obvious is when you get …

Grading: The Semester View

I wanted to take a moment at the start of the semester and talk a bit about grading. As we all know, I am not a big fan of grades as they are traditionally set up and experienced by students in school. They can stifle learning and end up with students focusing on giving the …