Congratulations on receiving your first college teaching assignment. The transition you are about to make from student to professor will be exciting, challenging, and scary. You are up to the task. If you are like most graduate students and new professors, it’s likely you have received little instruction on how to teach a college class. This
Over this past academic year, I have had the pleasure of being part of the Online Faculty Fellows. As part of this experience, we were trained on Quality Matters standards and process for ensuring quality online courses. The training modules and group discussions were impactful, not only for online courses that I am developing but
Establishing authority is hard. And teaching is scary. Anyone who tells you otherwise is not doing you any favors.
What does it mean to be there? It may seem obvious that face-to-face instructors are “there” every time they hold class. But everyone has had professors who seemed more present, more engaged, than the norm. What behaviors make for an excellent sense of presence? And does presence matter?
Talking about cheating is another way to talk about learning. When students cheat, they subvert their own learning. There are many reasons they may choose that path, and working to understand those reasons will help you design a class where cheating is both difficult and unnecessary.
Whether you are a math professor who wades through handwritten solutions to weed out the arithmetical error from the failure to understand or the comp professor weighing the relative demerits of comma splices against poor organization, here are some hard-won insights that might help you in your task.
It’s uncomfortable to feel like a fraud. If misery loves company, perhaps it helps to know you are not alone. But on those days when that simple fig leaf of assurance isn’t quite enough to gird you for your class, keep these things in mind.
If you are considering using social media in your classes, here are some things you should keep in mind.
At what point does your job end and your private life begin? Start off on the right foot by paying close attention to policies and the larger responsibilities that underpin them.