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Issues of Time in Teaching Online: Part 2

Last week I started talking about how I think about time as it relates to teaching online. I noted I had to think through two areas:  (a) how much time students should spend engaged in the course during a week and (b) how much time I will be spending. Last week, I discussed how I thought …

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. …

Deciding the Content

Recently, I explained that starting in the fall I would be teaching fully online for the 2017-2018 academic year. My first thought was about how I would foster community. However, once I got past that I realized that I needed to back up and think about the content first. Community is incredibly important for the …

How Do We Help Bring in the Digital?

Not too long ago, I came across this fascinating piece. The article looks at how a high school teacher (Eddie Kim) and his students developed a business where they take classic texts and play them out in a video game format. If you click on the link, you can see some examples of their work …

Let’s Get Rid of Classes

I was having a discussion recently with some folks, and the topic of gamification briefly came up. It was a side conversation – not really pertinent to what we were discussing – so we didn’t stay on it too long. But in that moment I had an idea about how we approach teacher education: It’s …

Spring Course Assignments: Politics of Reading

I love sharing assignments with y’all, and I love reading assignments others create. I don’t think we do that enough, and it’s always inspiring. Even if your course is radically different from mine, I bet there is something I could pilfer and tweak and use to make my teaching better. So, in the spirit of …

XP & Competencies: Next Semester

I’ve started pulling together the syllabus for my Politics of Reading class that begins in January. Maybe it seems a bit early to be doing this, but I’m a slow and steady kind of girl when it comes to my work. I like to work on things in short amounts of time (about an hour) over an …

Doing Quests & Badges Differently

I think we’ve got to be 50% or more through the semester now. Seems like that should be the case. Anyways, at this point I’ve had the opportunity to think about what I would do differently in regards to how I have structured quests and the opportunity to earn badges. Let’s start with badges. How …