Category «Teaching Academia»

Should You Consider the Hyflex Model of Teaching?

Recently I went to the Educause Learning Initiative conference. While there I learned about something called the hyflex model and thought it could be worth discussing here. The basic idea behind the hyflex model is this: (a) students can attend you class either F2F, virtually as it happens (typically via Zoom), or online but asynchronous. (b) …

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 …

The Challenges of Online Education

There’s a lot going on with online learning. Today, as an educator, I think most of us are either: involved directly in online learning work for an institution that uses online learning grappling with how best to use online learning for our professional or personal needs There really is no escaping it. Online learning – …

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 …