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.