Episode 78: The Hattie/Donoughe Model of Surface and Deep Learning

How do you know your students are learning? More to the point, how do they know they are? In this episode, Adam and Dinur discuss the Hattie/Donoughe learning model, which looks at strategies that work best for surface and for deep learning. Show Notes KQED.org, “How Do You Know When A Teaching Strategy Is Most […]

Teaching in Transition, Episode 19: When Your Institution Requires Synchronous Instruction

In this episode of Teaching in Transition (formerly COVID-19 Special Episodes), Dinur and Adam talk about the issue of having to teach synchronously online because your institution or department requires it. Specifically, we’ll discuss the assumptions the institution is making about how teaching through videoconferencing ought to work, and how it actually does (or doesn’t). […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 18: Creating Discussion Boards with Bloom’s Taxonomy

Discussion boards can seem boring if the questions aren’t formulated well. Ideally, you want questions that tap into learning at different levels – from memorization to evaluation. So we suggest using Bloom’s taxonomy to create your discussion board questions. Join Adam and Dinur as we go over this process! This is also our final (for […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 17: Creating Rapport in an Online Class

Rapport in an online class doesn’t look anything like it would in an in-person class. So you need to find other ways to connect, instead of trying to recreate something that can’t be recreated. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to do this. Show Notes No show notes this episode

Special COVID-19 Episode 16: Revisiting Engagement

In our fourth COVID-19 episode, we offered suggestions for how to keep your students engaged now that classes are taught online. Catlin Tucker offers eight additional methods to keep students engaged in online classes, and in this episode, Adam and Dinur go over her additional methods and how we’ve used or will use them.  Show […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 15: Best Practices for Teaching Online

Worried about having to move to online teaching in the fall? In this episode, Adam and Dinur run down a list of some best practices that have shown up, both in research and anecdotally, for making online classes work when you have never (or rarely) taught a class online! Show Notes Inside Higher Ed: What […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 14: Keeping Online Course Design Simple

Novice online instructors make a lot of mistakes when they first start out, but with COVID-19 forcing most of us online this coming term, there’s no way to avoid it: your classes will probably be online. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about ways to minimize and avoid these kinds of mistakes, so your […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 13: Going Modular

During COVID, we’re all mostly moving online, and modules are crucial for online courses. They give students a road map that tells them what to do, when to do it, and what to expect next. Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to go modular! Show Notes No show notes this episode

COVID-19 Special Episode 12: What About Materials?

Since COVID-19 closed our campuses down, the idea that every student has a computer, a word processing program, stable internet, and the textbook no longer stands up to reality. Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss the issues of inequity revealed by COVID-19. Show Notes No show notes this episode

Special COVID-19 Episode 11: Mental Health During the Pandemic

Mental health is an issue even when we don’t have an international pandemic going on. But obviously, the problems we already have get worse, and new ones show up, when we add in COVID-19 to the various pressures of daily life. One of the big problems with the public-health responses to the virus has been […]

Special COVID-19 Episode 10: Reassessing Priorities

Many institutions, faculty, and students want the fall to be as close to normal as possible. Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss what that means, if it’s possible, and how to adjust our priorities in the face of COVID-19. Show Notes Laurence Steinberg’s article at the New York Times William Tierney’s article at Inside […]

COVID-19 Special Episode 9: Communicating with Faculty

Before COVID-19, communicating with faculty was pretty basic. But now, with everyone confined to their homes, some of those options aren’t available anymore. And what if your professor offers a new method of communication, like Zoom office hours, or a Slack chat channel? Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about how to use email, […]

COVID-19 Special Episode 7: They Didn’t Sign Up For This

Let’s be honest: Our students didn’t sign up for the pandemic, and neither did we. Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about how to prepare for a better online fall than the haphazard online spring we just went through – and how to support our students. Show Notes No show notes this episode

COVID-19 Special Episode 6: Students Without Tech

Some students access the internet and learning applications from computers on campus. If your campus is shut down, some of the tools students need aren’t available. So, what can we do? Join Adam and Dinur as we discuss options to help students without tech. Show Notes No Show Notes This Episode

COVID-19 Special Episode 5: What About Cheating?

For some of us, it’s a deep-seated sensibility that people should have to sweat and strain to do good work, and if they find a shortcut, that’s unacceptable. But should it be? Join Adam and Dinur as we talk about the issues of cheating and rigor during an international pandemic. Show Notes No show notes […]

COVID-19 Special Episode 4: What About Engagement?

Since moving to an online format, many instructors are asking, “How can I get my students engaged when I can’t see them? How can I tell if they’re engaging at all?” In this episode, Adam and Dinur talk about what student engagement looks like in an online environment. Show Notes No show notes this episode

Episode: Back in the Saddle Again!

Due to COVID-19, we had to set down the podcast for a while – but with the semester’s end, we’re back! Join Dinur and Adam as we talk about what we’ve learned from the COVID-19 experience, and what we plan to do going forward. We’re also making some changes to our original schedule, so be […]

COVID-19 Episode 3: Teaching The Crisis

In a crisis like this, it’s natural to want to bring it into the classroom and study it. But what if your class topic doesn’t relate easily to an international pandemic? Join Dinur and Adam as we discuss some ways to bring the crisis into your virtual classrooms. Show Notes Quick-And-Dirty Ways To Get Your […]

COVID-19 Episode 2: The Issue of Rigor, or Humane Teaching

Universities pride themselves on rigor. But is demanding rigor appropriate during an international pandemic? Adam and Dinur discuss why being kind yet firm is going to help our students during COVID-19  a lot more than demands for rigor will. Show Notes Quick-And-Dirty Ways To Get Your Course Online Low-Bandwidth Teaching Resources for Students During COVID-19