In a recent newsletter, I wrote about using Adobe Connect Pro web conferencing software to hold conferences with students in my online classes. One burden in this practice is scheduling. I started this summer with 60 students in my online classes and scheduling and managing that many conferences became a chore. I used FerrisConnect’s Groups […]
For about two years now, I’ve been touting the value of the grading conference in teaching writing to anyone who will listen. I’ve found that meeting students one-on-one to grade their work, in addition to the more traditional “draft” conferences has had enormous positive effects on my students’ work and my own work as well. […]
“What Work Is” is a favorite poem of mine. It’s by Philip Levine and it appears in the book of the same name, published by Knopf in 1991, which won the National Book Award. http://www.ibiblio.org/ipa/poems/levine/what_work_is.php I often teach it and read it aloud to students. Like a lot of Levine’s work, it is conversational and […]
There I was, thinking myself so clever for coming up with “new” ways to grade papers. No wonder that new ways to handle the paper load, advances in efficiency in the production of response, have a long history in the teaching of college composition. The use of lay readers (called “reading assistants” at Vassar before […]
Reblogged from Online Teaching and Learning: –Jon Taylor The concept of “snippets” comes from the programming world: it’s a reusable bit of code to make programming faster. The concept has crossed over into any online work environment, though, to automate repetitive tasks. Snippet managers are programs that store and retrieve snippets to help save time. […]
The impetus for my poem “North” came from an Elizabeth Bishop poem, “The Moose.“ The premise of Bishop’s poem is that the speaker is riding a bus, leaving a familiar town, and a moose blocks the road in the countryside. The poem is memorable for the description of the moose, but the angle I was […]
Ode to the Midwest by Kevin Young : Poetry Magazine.
Tegrity Troubles After struggling with Tegrity, I’ve decided to switch to Jing for screen capture. Tegrity has had way too many problems. I’ve had lots of students complain about it. I’ve switched to using a laptop exclusively and spent two hours yesterday trying to install Tegrity on my laptop (Windows XP) and record a ten-minute […]