Online teaching is awesome and it has given me the opportunity to work from wherever I want, whenever I want. Although, like anyone else, I have deadlines to meet and difficult people to deal with (albeit, almost exclusively over e-mail…people don’t like to call…thank you smartphones and texting!) the fact that I was able to…Read more Online Faculty Meetings: Necessary Evils?
Freedom of speech is very important to me, both as a tool and as right. On a somewhat more occupation-specific level, academic freedom is another concept that is of utmost importance to me. Unfortunately, in recent years, both of these concepts seem to be under attack, whether in an explicit manner or via more devious…Read more Office Hours with the Prof 10/2 Academic Freedom and Publishing your Work
Discussions are the lifeblood of online courses. It’s as simple as that. When many people think about discussion boards, they probably think of them as tedious exercises with a number of students essentially piggy-backing off of what the more ambitious students (i.e. those who post before Thursday at midnight) present in the discussion. To many,…Read more Office Hours with the Prof 9/26 “Taking a Stand” with Online Discussion Forums
Discussion boards…how easy would our online teaching careers be without ‘em! Maybe I’m being a little harsh and extreme, discussion boards aren’t that bad. If you’re teaching a class or subject matter that you find to be interesting, with the right group of students, discussions can actually be pretty fun. …but you still gotta actually…Read more Office Hours with the Prof 8-29 Save Time on Discussion Boards…Forever
When I first began my career in online teaching, I was terrified of a few different things. I cared (a lot) about what students were or were not going to write in evaluations (or, Heaven-forbid, on ratemyprofessors.com ). I still kinda do, but let’s be real. Unless these are terrible nobody really cares (at least…Read more (Un) Angry Students and Burner Phones
The question that everyone has. The question that only one person can answer. How much is too much? I’ve had a number of people, each at different stages in their budding online teaching and learning careers, ask me similar questions: “Online Prof, I just got my second online teaching gig! But…I’m scared that I’ll get bogged…Read more How Much is too Much? 4 Considerations when Contemplating Teaching Loads