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Every semester I am thinking about the next semester. It is both therapeutic and professional. I get to imaginatively play with future students, assignments, and course structures while reflecting where that play indicates shortcomings and successes of my current classes. Nobody can be perfect and no class can be perfect,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at writingwithmachines
Group projects seem like inspiring ventures for online education. The Internet bands together to do amazing things for complete strangers all the time. People figure out how to connect and get the job done. Mix the knowledge of how collaboratively brilliant the online space can be with the excitement of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at writingwithmachines
My in-person classes usually require a short presentation of research findings before the big final paper is due. It is typically a three-minute run down of what their sources are saying and what conclusions they draw from that research. The task is to make the information audience friendly and to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2016 at writingwithmachines
For me, here's the big difference between discussion and reading online and discussion and reading on site: the discussions and readings online are archived. Where all of our discussion in the classroom is subject to the regular ephemerality of speech (it goes out of existence as soon as it enters... Continue reading
Posted Oct 9, 2015 at writingwithmachines
When talking about online instruction, it does not take long until we talk about social networking. Err... maybe that’s just my conversations. I will say this quick: with so many apps and sites enjoying the feature of endless scrolling, putting online material into chunks might start to feel old-fashioned for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2015 at writingwithmachines
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The first two documents from the NCTE say “need to,” “should,” and “must” a bit too frequently to draw my unflinching support. I flinched plenty when reading them. After reading, I dictated a rant into the notepad app on my phone about where does it all end, why should I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 24, 2015 at writingwithmachines
The Short and Sweet of It My tool choice mantra is course copy, course copy, course copy. The CMS Dunce Tool Award goes to... Turnitin!... for not allowing peermark or revision to move semester to semester. The CMS Reliable Tool Award goes to… Web Link!… for staying simple and carrying... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2015 at writingwithmachines
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My three main principles demand that I transform my teaching. Don’t tell Warnock! He would rather that I migrate my onsite class to an online format. I racked my brain for a while on how I would do that with flipped classroom. My onsite classes ask students to absorb most,... Continue reading
Posted Sep 11, 2015 at writingwithmachines
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