Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Should I Write More about QM rubric

Besides the fact that it is a commercial product? in a non-profit world of higher education (often public education)? Wonder why we can't have our own rubric, to fit our specific institution's goals and objectives, to fit our student audience?  Instead, we're supposed to use an off-the-shelf commercial product (like Blackboard)?  Isn't that crazy?

Friday, March 6, 2015

The Travails of Being an Adjunct Instructor

I was a professor at four universities. I still couldn’t make ends meet.
More than 500 comments in less than a day. Adjuncts are clearly taken advantage of by universities and colleges and deserve more pay and respect.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Engaging Students Online

College staff sent out this suggested reading recently:
Dr. Al-Malood, 10 Ways to Increase Student Engagement Online.
Most of these are pretty good ideas.  My key point is that students should not feel alone out there.  When they submit an assignment or a question, you've got to get back to them asap.  You've got to send out reminder and hint emails periodically (every week).  Students need to feel engaged with the instructor.