Episodes
Creating exams…it’s not an easy task. From crafting exam questions to trying to make your exams more accessible while also trying to promote academic integrity – there are numerous elements to consider. In this episode we talk about exam accessibility including time restraints, how you can write better exam questions, and what you can do about online exam security.   Although there’s not a one-size-fits-all approach to designing online exams or in-person exams, there are numerous factors you...
Published 07/12/21
College is hard. That's why Ben Blood dedicates so much time to student success; it's also why he spends time teaching students about metacognition, time management, self-discipline, help-seeking, and resilience/perseverance. Here, you'll take away specific strategies you can implement into your class to help students succeed and also help students "find their why:" The reason they're in college; the reason this is important to them; and their reason why. “If you fail it’s not a signal, it’s...
Published 06/25/21
In episode 12, we chat with Stephanie Dunson, PhD, who recently started her own podcast: 100 Mistakes Academic Writers Make...and How to Fix Them. In this interview, we talk about embracing the messy parts of writing and acknowledge that those messy parts are most often necessary to create a piece of published work. Additionally, Dunson explains how we can be so focused on the end result, that sometimes we forget to step back and acknowledge the gaps that we're missing in our own writing....
Published 06/11/21
In the past year, many instructors worried that their online teaching presence might miss the in-person cues they picked up on with students in the classroom. In turn questions arose: How do you assess your students online? How do you make sure they’re learning the content? How do you gauge student learning through online activities?  In this episode, we'll provide ideas on how you can implement check points into your online teaching, and how you can use student-created videos to assess...
Published 05/28/21
If you've been considering attending our Teaching Professor Conference (virtually or in-person), look no further! Here, we chat with a few of our presenters about why their topic session is so important to them. Liz Norell talks about how rewarding it is to witness those "aha moments" and how you can use different tools to cultivate your presence in the classroom. Next, Ashley Harvey explores invisible emotional labors associated with teaching and how to keep your positive emotion and energy...
Published 05/18/21
How can you help students overcome their distaste for collaborative group work online (and also thereby change your view of such work)? Wendy Trevor discusses how the timing of the assignment, the structure, instructor presence, feedback, and a grading rubric which privileges individual contributions, and signals the importance of engaging with others' views, can help students approach group work more positively. Additionally, she touches on how group projects can foster the kind of...
Published 04/29/21
Your teaching philosophy helps examine who are you as a teacher and examines what beliefs and values are at the heart of what you do. In this episode, Maryellen Weimer reflects with other instructors on stories and vulnerabilities that helped shape...
Published 04/20/21
Are some of your students struggling with online learning? Have you seen a decrease in motivation or engagement? If the answer is yes, that’s okay. It doesn’t mean you’re a bad teacher or instructor. It might just mean there’s a missing piece, and...
Published 04/05/21
Glenn Walton gives us 9 ½ ways to humanize your teaching in an online environment. From rubber chickens to sound boxes and a screaming monkey, it’s never a dull moment in his classes.1. Use poll questions and chat box questions2. Be predictably...
Published 03/24/21
Online discussion boards. It’s something that’s come up a lot this past year as we’ve migrated to the online platform. One of the main questions is how do you get your online discussions to be more than just, “Hey Theresa! I agree with your statement,...
Published 03/10/21
In this episode, we sit down with Ken Alford to discuss how he's kept the storytelling element within his online classes and what you can do to help students see you as a person."Share your story, and let them know that you know life happens to...
Published 02/24/21
You became a beacon of light for your students and offered their lives some peace, stability, and encouragement. As we move forward, what techniques can you use to deal with stressors (small or big), and how can you implement trauma-informed pedagogy...
Published 02/10/21
Many have done quite remarkable things with both asynchronous and synchronous activities, and numerous instructors use a mix of both. In this episode, we’ll dive into specific techniques instructors are using that have the potential to build community,...
Published 01/28/21
Published 01/04/21
In episode one, we'll be taking a dive into different classroom assessment techniques that you can begin using in your own courses, both online and face-to-face. From application cards to a pros and cons list and even a polling system, there are...
Published 01/04/21