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The Extended Twitter Chat

I’m trying something new this quick with one of my classes. We’re going to have an extended twitter chat. I’ve used twitter chats before in my Masters classes. However, in those cases we met for 30-45 minutes at an assigned time and had a discussion using a set of questions I developed in advanced. I …

Easter Eggs

After the first meeting with my Politics of Reading class, I decided to go back into the syllabus and plant some Easter eggs. Easter eggs are little hidden gems that allow students to do something to earn XP. I began the semester by putting in three. The first one I embedded in the directions for doing …

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 …

Class: How Good Did We Make It?

Recently, I wrote about how I created a class where the quality of it was tied to student participation. I gave students three quests that they could participate in. The quests varied in terms of workload and, therefore, how much XP was made available. The question I posed (to myself) was, “What if no one …

Solving the Participation Dilemma

When I first started teaching university classes (back when I was working on my Ph.D.), I ran into a problem with class participation. Specifically, I ran into problems with grading it. I remember during my times as a doctoral student, and as a new faculty member, reviewing examples of syllabi. I used them to analyze …

Finding Balance with XP

Recently, some students in one of my classes pointed something out to me that I found funny. They were comparing points they could earn between my class and the other class they are in. It was pointed out that in the other class, something might be worth five points. In my class, a particular activity …

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 …