Documenting Customizable Pathways

Last week, I wrote about the concept of customizable pathway design in online learning. I ended the post by asking three questions: How do we document this? How do I know that students did what they said they would do? How do I know what students are learning or need more help with? Basically, while …

Dual Pathways in Online Learning

I’m slowly plugging away at developing my online class for the fall. In previous posts, I have talked about developing a story for my syllabus to tell (see Part 1 and Part 2). And while I’m still working on identifying readings, I am also exploring ideas about how to structure my course. Enter this fabulous …

Online Courses: Lessons Learned (Part 2)

Last week, I wrote about how I have been taking two online courses and lessons I was learning as part of being a student in that context. Previously, I wrote about what I learned from taking the Twitter Masterminds course. Today, I want to share with you a lesson I have learned from being a …

What Story Does Your Syllabus Tell?

Recently, a colleague of mine shared a a post with me, “Steps Towards a Big Idea Syllabus.” The larger blog that this seems to be a part of, My Teaching Notebook,  doesn’t seem to be getting regular updates. Too bad. It looks like it has tons of good content to sift through. However, read the …

Overwhelmed Online

I have been very excited that I will finally be teaching fully online! I ordered some desk copies of a few books, and they were spot on with what I needed. I felt like I was really getting ahead of the curve. I’m about six-seven months out from the first course starting, and I already …

Make Time NOT to Write

Yeah…you heard me. I’m hear telling you to find time NOT to write. Does that sound strange? Well not writing is just as important as writing. The trick is that you have to not write in mindful ways. The idea of not writing is (unfortunately) not accomplished by simply putting your writing off for another …

Trigger Warnings

Over the last couple of years, I have read a decent amount about using trigger warnings in college classrooms. A trigger warning is a statement that alerts people about sensitive subject matter that could cause them distress. The idea is that individuals should evaluate their past experiences in light of the upcoming content and consider …