Posts Categorized: what we’re reading

What We’re Reading: Transparency Isn’t Spoon Feeding

illustration by Clare Reid I often talk to faculty about the importance of explaining what they’re looking for in the tests, papers, and projects they assign to students—and sometimes I get pushback. “Doesn’t that just give them the answers?” they ask. In other words, “Doesn’t that just amount to spoon feeding?” Well, as Balloo and… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Teaching Intersectionally

illustration by Clare Reid Whether we find ourselves in face-to-face classrooms or unexpectedly virtual ones, teaching well involves a lot of on-the-job, and frequently self-directed, training. Very few of us who teach in colleges and universities were given formal pedagogical instruction in our graduate programs. Fewer still were given any help thinking through the way… Read more »

What We’re Reading: 99 Tips for Creating Simple and Sustainable Educational Videos

illustration by Clare Reid Sometimes, it just isn’t possible to have synchronous class sessions with our students. Between bandwidth issues, time-zone challenges, and general questions of accessibility and even privacy, often asynchronous videos are a better option for both you and your students in an online course environment. However, while we may know how to… Read more »

What We’re Reading: Teaching Online While Keeping Your Sanity and Your Students

illustration by Clare Reid People may be thinking more than usual about teaching online, given the spread of COVID-19 and the possibility that classes may by necessity become temporarily virtual—and great learning can happen in online courses, but only if students stay engaged. Unfortunately, the online space can be one where students more easily disengage…. Read more »