Online Teaching: What To Do When No One Does the Reading Homework

Photo credit: The Macaulay Messenger My English Composition 1 class is completely online and we are required to have synchronous meetings. To make the course as accessible as possible, I limit our synchronous sessions to once a week and I devote much of this time to completing assignments. Part of the "pre-work" for each class is … Continue reading Online Teaching: What To Do When No One Does the Reading Homework

1st Writing Assignment of the Year, an Email

This post was originally published on HASTAC.org on September 2, 2020. Read the original post here. In this first assignment of the year, inspired by Professor of English and History at Schoolcraft College Steven L. Berg's "Teaching Professionalism with Student Email," students in my EC1 ALP course at NJCU will write a professional email introducing themselves and … Continue reading 1st Writing Assignment of the Year, an Email

Every Fall 2020 Syllabus Needs an “Or” Option: A Sample Assignment

Photo by Ashley Meyer By the end of summer, we all will have reinvented our syllabi to account for varying degrees of hybrid teaching. We will have reimagined the structure of our semesters to make our syllabi and ourselves flexible enough to fit the circumstances, whatever they may be, at our respective campuses this fall. … Continue reading Every Fall 2020 Syllabus Needs an “Or” Option: A Sample Assignment

“In a Pandemic, Everyone Gets an Asterisk,” Inside Higher Ed

In a March 23rd Inside Higher Ed article that I coauthored with Cathy N. Davidson, we take a moment to rethink testing and assessment not just during distance learning but also in the long term. We write: "There is an uncanny parallel between testing a vaccine on humans and testing students in the extraordinary circumstance … Continue reading “In a Pandemic, Everyone Gets an Asterisk,” Inside Higher Ed

“Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community,” Inside Higher Ed

On March 11, 2020, Inside Higher Ed published an article that Cathy N. Davidson and I coauthored in response to the current coronavirus crisis, #CovidCampus, and the like, titled, "Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community." In the article, we write: "The biggest takeaway from the research on effective teaching online is that we … Continue reading “Transforming Your Online Teaching from Crisis to Community,” Inside Higher Ed