Category «Teaching Academia»

Reaching Out to Students

Fostering community and relationships in an online class is important. It’s also challenging. And, while I’m sure I can do better, I am always working on it. I began the semester by having students post an intro on Flip Grid. My initial thought was that I would really get into the groove of Flip Grid …

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 …

How to Stay Organized When Teaching Online

As I started teaching my online class this fall, I quickly became aware of the level of organization it would require. Obviously I need to have structures in place to support students. They need to know what they are doing, when, how, etc…I have those in place in a number of ways including: a calendar …

Going Fully Online

It started. This week I began my year-long adventure into teaching a 100% fully online class for the first time ever. Up to this point I had only taught hybrid. So….what happened during my first online week? Well, other than being excited here are some things I learned: Tip #1: Calm Down Already I mean …

Microlearning in F2F Classes

Recently, I read this post by Peggy Semingson. In it, she discusses the concept of microlearning in online education. She defines microlearning as: Microlearning consists of microcontent that is delivered via an electronic device, including but not limited to a mobile device, app, learning management system, computer, and/or laptop. The goal is to “chunk” learning …

The Syllabus as Verb

Recently, I wrote a post where I talked about how I structured my syllabus around the terms Read, Watch, Do, & Play.  I used these terms because I thought they better captured the spirit of the work I was asking students to do in my upcoming online course. I received some feedback on twitter: Now, I don’t have …

Read, Watch, Do, Play

In working to set up my fall online class, I eventually made it to the point where I needed to get serious about getting the schedule organized. Now, a typical syllabus would normally have a table that includes the date, topic, readings, and whatever might be due. It’s perfectly reasonable, and I’m not suggesting not …