I recently took a Coursera course about the basics of instructional design. I thought I’d share some of what I learned. Specifically, the ADDIE Model is used to design and evaluate a course. There are five steps, hence A-D-D-I-E, to discuss. If you want a more in-depth discussion about designing a college course, check out my Successful Start series.Continue reading
I’m not teaching this summer, which means I have time for a lot of things that just don’t happen during the academic year. While I have more time on my hands, there’s still a lot that doesn’t get done in the summer unless I plan accordingly. This blog post is a compilation of all my “Teacher Summer Series” videos, which will go live each week on my YouTube Channel, Ever Educating. In this post, I provide quick descriptions of each video, so you can decide which ones are worth the watch for your own summer situation. The post will be updated as new videos go live.Continue reading
With a publication date of January 1st, I couldn’t resist creating a blog post and video about time management tips for teachers. I’ve written other posts about getting productive at the start of a new year if you’re interested, but today I’m focusing specifically on teacher productivity. If you’re looking for time management ideas for your own teaching life, check out this post!Continue reading
Since I’m teaching in hybrid form this semester, I’m not creating too many video lessons for my students. But, I do make an overview video every week and a quick video lesson here and there. So, I thought I’d share seven easy ways to make your video lesson better for your students. The key here is “easy” ways, so if you’re overwhelmed by the thought of creating even more complicated videos, I still recommend reading this blog post.Continue reading
I’m teaching at a new university this year. I’m excited to get started, but before I can, I need to set up my new course websites. At ISU, we use a Sakai-based system. [Here’s that video tutorial, with other online teaching tips.] At STU, I’ll be using Canvas instead. Canvas is a super popular learning management system, so there are plenty of tutorials already out there. But, I thought I’d still create my own video tutorials, as well, from the perspective of a newbie getting the feel for the tools available in this LMS. So far, I’ve covered the four major elements of Canvas: pages, discussions, assignments, and modules. You can learn more about these elements in this post or by going straight to the YouTube video series playlist. Additional videos will be created as I gain more experience with Canvas.Continue reading
I decided to hold off on publishing this post until today, June 19th, or Juneteenth. I thought today in particular would be a good day to talk about ways to do anti-racist work in our classrooms. As educators, we are in the position of being able to create safe learning environments for our BIPOC students, though many of us will likely need to reflect on and act against our own racist or biased beliefs and practices (like microaggressions). We are also in a position to help white students acknowledge their own conscious and unconscious prejudices and learn ways to disavow them and turn towards allyship instead. In today’s post, I just want to create a starting point of ideas on how we can do this anti-racist work in our teaching practices. I’ve also added some amazing resources I’ve seen created by others with more experience and expertise.