As summertime often presents an opportunity to retool classes, this may be a timely guide especially if you’re looking at amping up your–or entering into the world of–online teaching. It introduces readers to some basic terminology, suggests principles and practices, and dissuades from misperceptions.
The Chronicle issued a lengthy (20+ pp.) guide of advice to have a great first day of the semester, including engaging four key principles:
The report goes beyond the isolated first day, with considerations for preparing for and following up on the actual start of the semester. Have a good one!
Although sometimes it feels like it’s enough to plan for what our students will (hopefully) remember for the final exam, truly aspirational professors look far beyond, to what our students will remember when they reach mid-life. This article from Chronicle Vitae considers what is most valuable about our teaching: sometimes an approach to learning, passion for the subject, or big-picture thinking, rather than disciplinary content. The question can also animate a different way to approach our syllabi, as we reach far into the future in an exercise in way-back, backwards design. Read on for more on this intriguing way to think about student learning, and how to frame our teaching.