The classic structure of formal education is built on a one-way flow of information, from teacher to student. In Episode 18 – Virtual Speaks Volumes, our guest Rebecca Hutchinson of UMass Dartmouth shared a wonderfully multi-directional approach to teaching and screen sharing in her synchronous online sculpture classes.
Now that the majority of higher education faculty have had at least some experience with virtual instruction, returning to a physical campus has caused many academics to ponder how to apply the lessons we learned online to our non-virtual courses. Are there benefits to using a combination of synchronous and asynchronous content and, if so, how do you decide what needs to be done in real-time?
Time is the raw material of our days. On the one hand it is precise and predictable. The clock chimes hours into equal measures. But on the other hand it is pliable and easily warped. We write the syllabi, we schedule assignments, we set grading schemes. If we are careless, time can unravel and spin out of control.
The Marine Institute at Memorial University – Newfoundland and Labrador’s University offers undergraduate and graduate Maritime Studies programs intentionally designed to serve working adults who are far from any of the institution’s five land-based campuses. Online courses don’t get much more remote than a ship in the middle of an ocean.
Often, when we review our syllabi, course design, delivery strategies, and degree programs we focus on what’s missing, what doesn’t work. But Carey Borkoski of Johns Hopkins University and Brianne Roos of Loyola University – Maryland propose that using “deficit-free language” allows teachers to see what’s actually happening so they can advocate for change.
Technology is disrupting academia in many ways, including the question of who owns course content and other intellectual property. As Dan explains, the issue of control and access is critically important to online educators.
The new academic year seems like an opportune time to ask… are online, asynchronous, and hybrid strange new teaching strategies, or are we simply using new terminology to describe familiar techniques?
In some respects online teachers are islands. It’s easy to feel isolated but Dan shares some tricks to help you stay connected to your community and the resources you need.
A new showdown brewing on campus: Team Sync, Team Async, and running as an Independent candidate, Team Self-Paced. Fans of each are sorting themselves out on the sidelines and Kieran has some play-by-play commentary.
There are many reasons to create academic programs that can reach students who are unable to travel to campus. Maybe you’d like to expand the audience for an existing in-person degree, or create an entirely new online offering. But before you begin this journey there’s something you need to know — when geography is noContinue reading “#24: Chart a Course to Everywhere”