One of the most frequent comments I hear about teaching online is how hard it is to know how it’s going. Without those physical cues of light-bulb smiles, slouching students or confused faces, it can feel that you’re teaching into a vacuum for 14 weeks. And whatever your opinion of online CCQs, the results arrive too late to impact the students in front of you now. If you’ve shared this frustration, consider offering your students an informal mid-semester survey. Continue reading
Cheating never crossed my mind when I was a student. Not once while in grade school, high school or college. In my mind you don’t cheat, you just don’t go there. In fact, my sophomore year in high school I walked into my health class and saw there were numbers with associated letters written in pencil on the desk. I freaked out! Were these the answers to that day’s quiz? I could not have erased them fast enough! Continue reading
As I am sitting here trying to write this blog, I am trying to think how I can help a professor who has many hours of teaching students and framing their thoughts, ideas, and opinions. How can I help them understand what it might be like to be a Veteran in the classroom?
It seems I always get excited for a new semester – so I thought I’d share with you the top 5 things that I love about starting with a fresh group of students in a course I’ve taught at least 3 times a year in the last 7 years, no particular order.
As a faculty member and an advisor I often get students asking me about whether or not they could be successful in online courses. The answer is usually, “yes,” with several qualifiers such as, “as long as you can effectively manage your time,” or “as long as you can stay motivated to do your best throughout the course.” These are often my thoughts, rather than solid research-based answers. Continue reading
Think of something that you’re really good at. Now think of how you got good at it. Was it through trial and error? Attending lectures? Practicing? Continue reading
For students and faculty alike, the challenges of dealing with a ‘freeloader’ in small group work, is a source of stress and frustration. These students are slow to volunteer for tasks, consistently miss deadlines and avoid group meetings. Continue reading
In November 2012, Maryellen Weimer of The Teaching Professor at Faculty Focus, discussed Writing Across the Curriculum, and in particular, the benefits of informal writing. In addition to improving writing skills, integrating writing assignments into your curriculum also promotes learning – “it clarifies ideas, generates reasons, and crystallizes arguments”. Continue reading
Many online instructors use blogging to increase student reflection, participation and interaction. However, if you’ve been using it for a while it can feel stale, and more like a chore. Continue reading