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 Bored of Blogging
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 Tweeting in Class
Cheryl Hayek of Faculty Focus tackled a frequently asked online teaching question. Faculty members, new and experienced alike, fret over how often they should post in the discussion forums of online classes. Too little (or not at all) and students feel abandoned, and crave instructor presence. Too much and the discussion is likely to be stale, stilted and uninspired. Continue reading Online Discussions = A Dinner Party?
Learning about rubrics and how they’ll be used to assign grades can be dry, boring and confusing for students. Grading your instructor on the other hand, can be a pleasurable way to spend your first lecture. Continue reading Grading Instructors