Since 2016 I’ve been teaching exclusively online. As an associate professor with tenure, I have designed a variety of fully asynchronous undergraduate and hybrid courses on early modern literary studies. Online course design and online instruction pose both challenges and opportunities. I am committed to creating excellent online courses that tackle these challenges head-on and embrace these opportunities, with the ultimate aim of developing pedagogies that will benefit my students, my colleagues, and, by disseminating these pedagogies, students and faculty at other institutions.
A primary challenge to online pedagogy is resistance among students and faculty. Some students enroll in an online course on the misguided assumption that it will be easier, and some faculty continue to view online teaching as “lesser than” face-to-face teaching. Yet the online environment offers exciting opportunities to engage students in meaningful learning, and skeptical faculty are beginning to recognize the time and skill required to conceive, develop, and implement these opportunities.
- Some basics for success in the online learning environmentThe 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”
- Some basics for talking about racist and gendered texts in the online classroomOnce 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”
- Serving our valuesThe start of a new semester is an opportunity to reflect on what, how, and why we teach. Looking back on my fall courses, and especially on student feedback, I became acutely aware of the ways that online teaching allows me to advance a set of values about individual students’ situations, needs, and ambitions. LastContinue reading “Serving our values”
- 5 Principles Toward Social Justice PedagogyThe 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”
- Staying Healthy While Teaching OnlineSpread 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”
- It’s Not Just for EmergenciesIn 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”
- Resources for Moving OnlineMany 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”
- Structuring Online Learning: Starter SetThis 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”