September 30 Day 206: It Begins Again

After waiting for what seems an eternity, today was my first day of class for the Autumn quarter. I thought I had all my ducks in a row. I was over-prepared. I wanted to do so much more than I accomplished. Rather than barreling forward, I took the time to introduce students to some toolsContinue reading “September 30 Day 206: It Begins Again”

September 29 Day 205: Eve of the Beginning

This is it. The Canvas site has been released to the students. The assessment plan has been finalized. And tomorrow starts remote Autumn 2020 classes at UW Tacoma. Deciding on all the small details is perhaps the most stressful part. To reduce grading I am having students post written homework problems to a discussion boardContinue reading “September 29 Day 205: Eve of the Beginning”

September 28 Day 204: OMG! Zoom 5.3

Two days until my first class and I still have so many preparations to complete. But this new Zoom release has me smiling from ear to ear. What’s the big deal? First, you can create breakout rooms where the participants can choose which room they go to themselves! Co-hosts have always had this potential butContinue reading “September 28 Day 204: OMG! Zoom 5.3”

September 13 Day 189: Quality Matters

I apologize to those who were hoping for a thoughtful post about designing an online course using QM’s framework. I’m stuck on air quality—and yes, it matters. Mostly I wanted to create the sliding image comparison below: Today’s Air Quality Index (AQI) has been hovering around 200. It was approximately 190 when the image onContinue reading “September 13 Day 189: Quality Matters”

September 12 Day 188: Pandemic Dystopia

The light outside my window is just wrong. The sky is an orangish-grey that reminds me of fog in the predawn. The problem? It’s 1 o’clock in the afternoon. Being a Saturday, the sounds of lawnmowers and leaf blowers should abound, yet I haven’t heard many. Even traffic on our street seems lighter than usual.Continue reading “September 12 Day 188: Pandemic Dystopia”

September 7 Day 183: Taking Inventory

Labor Day marks the end of summer and the start of the back-to-school season. By the middle of next week, almost everyone who attends or works at an institution of learning (with the exception of those few on the quarter system), will have returned to work. Some have been back in school for weeks already.Continue reading “September 7 Day 183: Taking Inventory”