Category Archives for Education

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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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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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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A Tentative Toe Dip: #OpenLearning17

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I just found out about #OpenLearning17: A Connectivist MOOC for Faculty Collaboratives. Since I’m already on a quest to learn more about open education as I revise one of my primary courses, I figured I’d give it a whirl. To be quite honest, I have no idea what a faculty collaborative is :). It sounds […]

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What does “Open” Mean?

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I’ve been intrigued by the idea of open educational resources for a while now. Since I’ll likely be switching to an open-access textbook as part of this process, I’d like to learn more about the open educational movement in general. I’ve enrolled in the Becoming an Open Educator course created by Open Educational Practices in […]

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On Institutions and “What If?”

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Last week MUIH – my institution – circulated a dress code policy* for our student & faculty clinic that was racist and misogynistic, among other things. When I read it after a friend posted it on social media, I thought it must be satire. “Conservative headwraps to contain and cover dreadlocks are required.” “Cleavage is […]

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