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Though the prospect of a free mini Ipad is enough of an incentive for me to continue blogging, I have discovered that I really enjoy it. In this post I want to reflect on why that is: what is it about blogging that makes it more fun and dynamic than other types of writing? For […]

Technology to the rescue!

‘Twas the week before Thanksgiving, and all the students were already mentally checked out. How to help them focus? I was looking for a fun, interactive, activity for the last class before the break. I decided to use Google Forms to engage my ESL students while teaching them about Thanksgiving.

A colleague of mine at […]

Google Classroom

As some of you might have noticed, Google Classroom is now available for use at QC. This site has the potential to be a great resource, and I’m looking forward to using it with my students.

Like many other platforms, Google Classroom allows teachers to post assignments, keep track of grades, and interact with students. […]

Technology Challenge: The Digital Divide

Across the academy, instructors are being urged to incorporate more technology in their teaching; blended classrooms, flipped classrooms, and hybrid or online courses are trendy new pedagogy. Despite my belief that there are real benefits to the judicious use of technology in teaching and learning, I am concerned about the way in which the shift […]

An alternative to Blackboard

In the fall of 2013, I began using Piazza, an online platform that facilitates interaction between students and instructors in real time using a simple wiki-style interface. The core of Piazza is its “Q&A” page, where instructors and students can post notes and questions. Each question can be answered by both the instructor(s) and the […]

Testing and Student Indignation: An Update

Thanks for all of your insightful responses to my earlier post “Tests and Grades and Assignments…”

I give my 101 tests online because there are 68 students enrolled and I feel 3 tests is the best format, but can’t possibly manage all that grading. I accept that this means that some of them are going […]

The Move to Hybrid/Online Teaching (or How to Avoid Being a Luddite) – Part 1

(Note: I labelled this post “Part 1” since there is A LOT for me to talk about regarding this particular topic. For now, I’ll focus on one of the courses I’ve been teaching lately and leave my other comments for future Teaching Circle entries)

For the past 3 semesters, I’ve been co-teaching Sociological Analysis – […]