Rethinking Productivity during COVID-19

[U]pheavals to our regular rhythms provide opportunities to combat the long-standing inequities that the crisis has brought into sharp relief and must prompt us to rethink our shared definition of productivity.  Marissa Greenberg and Elizabeth Williamson, “Rethinking Productivity during COVID-19,” Academic Leader, July 6, 2020. Now is the time to redefine productivity to includeContinue reading “Rethinking Productivity during COVID-19”

Structuring Online Learning: Starter Set

This week I am hosting a webinar for my colleagues at The University of New Mexico on transitioning to remote teaching. Here is a version of my PowerPoint that I hope will prove helpful to faculty at other institutions, as well. I removed some course materials that I gave as examples, but I am happyContinue reading “Structuring Online Learning: Starter Set”

Resources for Moving Online

Many faculty are being asked or required to move their courses online during the coronavirus outbreak. The following list of resources for transitioning courses from brick-and-mortar classrooms to virtual learning environments is designed to help faculty make that move. It is a work in progress, and resources will be added as they come to myContinue reading “Resources for Moving Online”

It’s Not Just for Emergencies

In the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, I published an op-ed in Inside Higher ED. The piece, titled “What counts as proximity?,” talks about the future of online telework. “In telling my story,” I write, I hope to provide other faculty members with leverage for conversations about expanding options for working remotely. I alsoContinue reading “It’s Not Just for Emergencies”

Staying Healthy While Teaching Online

Spread of the coronavirus has led some U.S. universities with overseas campuses to move classes to online. Rather than cancel study abroad programs, the shift to online helps to keep faculty, staff, and students safe while continuing to provide employment and education. The move to full-time online teaching poses other health risks, however. These healthContinue reading “Staying Healthy While Teaching Online”

5 Principles Toward Social Justice Pedagogy

The plenary panel at this year’s Shakespeare Association of America Annual Conference is titled “Walking the Talk: Embodied Pedagogies of Social Justice.” I have the dual honor of organizing the panel and co-presenting a paper, “Of Alliances and Pluralities,” with Elizabeth Williamson, Dean of Faculty Hiring and Development and Tenured Member of the Faculty atContinue reading “5 Principles Toward Social Justice Pedagogy”

Some basics for talking about racist and gendered texts in the online classroom

Once again, an inquiry from a colleague spurred my thinking about basics of online instruction. This time the colleague asked about how I prepare students for racist and gendered language in literature. It is pretty much a guarantee that students will encounter prejudicial — even hateful — language, imagery, and action in my classes! AfterContinue reading “Some basics for talking about racist and gendered texts in the online classroom”

Some basics for success in the online learning environment

The transition from face-to-face (F2F) to online teaching can be challenging! In addition to the expected challenges, like finding and creating dynamic content, instructors new to online teaching encounter unexpected challenges in the mundane: managing communication, getting regular participation, and generating productive discussion. A colleague wrote to me recently about these everyday issues. Here’s myContinue reading “Some basics for success in the online learning environment”