What Does it Mean to be Student-Centered?

Image by Olga_968 on PixabayThere was a discussion at MUIH a few weeks about what it means for faculty to be student-centered. I couldn’t make it due to some technological problems, so I wanted to jot down a few thoughts on the topic. To me, being student-centered begins with your own beliefs and conceptualizations about students […]

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Using PeerWise as a Teaching Tool

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What is PeerWise?​PeerWise is a free tool that guides students in creating multiple choice questions. They can also answer, rate ​for quality and difficulty, and comment on their peers’ questions anonymously. Students can view their peers’ comments and modify their questions as needed. Questions are searchable and can be tagged. PeerWise is gamified and assigns […]

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Two Browser Tricks

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​​​​​​As someone who works full-time, online, and from home, I’m always interested in tips and tricks that make my life a bit easier. Here are two tiny tweaks I’ve made recently that have made a big difference in how smoothly my computer work goes.Image by Angeleses on Pixabay; used under a CC-0 licenseHope these two […]

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Permanence and Online Courses

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I’ve been working on a committee that is revising our University syllabus template. It sounds benign and straightforward. Unless you have ever been on a committee of any kind, in which case it probably sounds about like the tempest in a teapot that it is. Seriously, though, it requires examining so many assumptions and beliefs […]

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Summer ’18 Questionnaire Experiment

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Every trimester, I find myself trying at least one new thing in my online courses. Last trimester, it was FlipGrid (will write that one up soon!) and I’ve got a few new things brewing for this coming trimester as well. The one I want to write about today is a relatively simple change inspired by something […]

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How It Feels When an Online Instructor Is Absent

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Taking classes online is probably the single most significant thing I’ve done to improve my own teaching. I wasn’t expecting this. Being an empathetic person, I thought I had done a reasonable job anticipating the student experience when I developed my own online classes. And as someone with many years of face-to-face classroom experience, both […]

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Funny Things

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I haven’t blogged for a while. There are quite a few posts brewing – have been for months – and I haven’t been able to pull it together given how awful things have been in the world lately. I just don’t have the will or extra energy to take on non-essential tasks. Just like this puppy, […]

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On Jumping In – Virtually Connecting

Autumm Caines recently wrote a lovely post on the Paradox of Inclusion relating to Virtually Connecting. The word “paradox” resonated with me on so many levels; I find that paradoxes abound when it comes to being inclusive in the small microcosm of my individual online courses – perhaps the topic for another post at another […]

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Thoughts on ‘As We May Think’

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This week – last week, really (I am running a bit behind) – as part of #openlearning17 we were asked to read As We May Think, an article written in The Atlantic by Vannevar Bush in 1945. I was struck by how abrasive the use of “man” to refer to people in general and scientists more […]

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