"How much should I assign?" is one of the most basic questions teachers ask when designing and revising their courses. Yet it is also one of the most difficult to answer. To help instructors better calibrate their expectations, we've created a course workload estimator that incorporates the most important insights from the literature on how students learn.
This semester, I’m teaching a fairly large (130 at final count) online course in digital media. I wrote last month about some of the strategies I’ve used to prepare the course, including thinking about replacements for in-class activities and planning a highly structured series of content. However, one of my biggest challenges has been planning an alternative to lectures. I’m used to thinking of “lecture” as a dialogue, with opportunities for interaction, connection, and breaking up the class into small group discussion regularly to avoid the “sage on the stage” disconnect. I typically integrate software and technology tutorials with lecture, with as much hands-on time as possible.
It’s very difficult to replicate these types of interactions online.
Alberto Bruzos's insight:
Good advice to record lectures for online or blended course, or for flipped lessons. Do not miss the comments!
In your group of 2-3, choose a written literary text you'd like to analyze, something you can find online. This can be one of your favorite works of fiction or poetry, something you've written, something you're studying for another class, etc. If you'd like to work with poetry, make sure you have enough data -- the more words you have for this activity, the better your results will be. So, don't just use a single poem. Instead, try using the text from every poem written by a particular poet.
I was particularly interested in replicating the educational benefits of in-class discussions and lectures. With in-class discussions and lectures students not only gain knowledge and strengthen their communication skills, but they can also gain an appreciation for a perspective that may be different from their own. After trying several different tools to simulate these educational benefits, I chose VoiceThread to simulate in-class discussions and Panopto to simulate in-class lectures.
Students use Twitter to apply feminist theory to the films Eat, Pray, Love and Cowboys in Paradise by director Amit Virmani (@amitvirmani). The assignment encourages students to consider how both films separately engage with second-wave US feminism as well as minority and international feminism.
A feature of the old Google spreadsheets was to be able to append &newcopy to the end of the URL. What this would do is when you share a view only link with a student, it would prompt the student to make a copy. This is a feature I used all the time with students and sharing templates with colleagues. Unfortunately this feature no longer works with the new Google Sheets.
Creating accessible documents is not hard, but you have to know what you’re doing. For one thing, it’s important to consider the perspectives of the various people who might be using your document. If you’re interested in learning the nuts and bolts of how to create such documents, a number of helpful tutorials have been created by WebAIM (Web Accessibility In Mind), a non-profit at Utah State University, part of their Center for Persons with Disabilities.
"The LMS is specifically good at what universities need it to do. Universities have learning management systems for the same reason they have student information systems: because their core institutional business isn’t learning itself, but the governance of the processes that assure that learning has happened in agreed ways. Universities exist to award degrees, to the right people at the right time, and to do this responsibly they have to invest in the most robust administrative processes: enrollment management at one end, and lock tight records management at the other."
Most written assignments in college are written by a single author. In a work environment, by contrast, collaboratively-authored documents are much more common. And two of the worst parts of collaboration are the difficulty of getting all of the collaborators together for a meeting (something I’ve written about before) and coordinating who has the most authoritative version of a collaboratively-authored document (something Jason has written about before). There are online solutions to both of these problems.
What am I looking for? A annotation tool that allows for collective and collaborative readings of a text and that can also handle multimedia, as well as linking (in theory) to other texts/contexts. The work in particular that I want to read in this way is a rich resource of intertextual references and allusions, so I want the students to be able to annotate and share them with each other, building a web (haha) of references and knowledge around the text.
Generative collaborative experiences require strong infrastructural support—both material and immaterial. This post details the sequence of assignments leading up to a collaborative website project at the end of a basic composition course.
Wikipedia is the seventh most-popular website on the Internet and is the web’s most popular and largest reference resource. Many instructors decry student reliance on this online encyclopedia open to anyone to edit, but I am part of a growing movement of teachers who integrates student editing of Wikipedia pages into our pedagogy. There are many pedagogical reasons for this; integrating Wikipedia editing into your courses.
This post explores some of the benefits and drawbacks to one of my most successful teaching exercises using Twitter—getting students to “live tweet” films. “Live tweeting” basically means tweeting as students are watching the film, either by reporting on or commenting on what they are viewing.
"When I teach Spanish for specific purposes, I get a chance to work with the most amazing, intelligent, and motivated students; but I have to hustle to bring relevant content to the classroom. Yes it’s difficult – and you’re likely not to get a portion of your FTE devoted to curriculum development (total bummer) – but it’s incredibly rewarding to work with people who desperately want an additional language as a practical skill for their workplace. Everyone wants a motivated student, right? The great thing about the LSP classroom is that it’s full of student motivation!"
Twitter is an incredibly dynamic digital tool that can create spaces of flattened hierarchies. These spaces can fuel inclusive pedagogy. But before teaching with Twitter, instructors have to think about how to use it together with students. What are the rules — particularly in relation to ethics?
We’ve written quite a lot at ProfHacker about syllabus and course design. Check out2010’s Archives post or the many posts tagged with syllabus or syllabi. This roundup of posts focuses on the basics of syllabus creation.
Students worked together to create a collaborative annotated bibliography on PBWorks that covered a range of literary scholarship relating to the novels and poems on the course syllabus. Each student signed up for a day to give a research presentation; on their assigned day they found a scholarly source, wrote an annotated bibliography entry on the PBWorks site, and presented it to the class. By the end of the semester, students had created an annotated bibliography that could serve as a resource for the whole class as they began writing their final research papers.
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