Technical Issues

I'm in the middle of teaching online sessions on research and citation for first year writing classes, four sessions down, three to go.  And some things are really working and some things are not.  Technology continues to be a problem and I've realized I need to alter my instructions for students. What's working: Students are… Continue reading Technical Issues

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Teaching Online, part 2

For the background read part 1. Before I go into the planning that led to teaching online and building a course, credit for the idea to take instruction for first year writing online goes to a poster I saw at ACRL 2017. How to Reach 3,000 Students with 3 Librarians (Or Less) presented by Ashley Hoffman… Continue reading Teaching Online, part 2

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone: Teaching Online, part 1

At this point in my career, I am comfortable teaching classes in person on general library resources, like what one would do for a first year writing or English class. This is one of my comfort zones in teaching, as in I know how to do it, it's usually a positive experience in which I… Continue reading Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone: Teaching Online, part 1

Orientations in a Post-Truth Landscape

The events of the past year has made some aspects of my position and professional ethos easier to explain to people, at this point most people have heard the term "fake news" and whether I embrace that term or dismiss it, it can become the opening for a conversation about what I really do.  As… Continue reading Orientations in a Post-Truth Landscape