Humanizing Teaching

Learning Community members Sarita Shukla and Becca Price, along with their colleagues Elli Theobald and Joel Abraham, talked about a recent paper of theirs at the UW Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Symposium this week. The talk, entitled Asset-based teaching: Humanizing teaching by moving away from an achievement gap discourse,…

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Successful teaching, even in the pandemic


Years ago I designed a course that I intended to be cutting edge and built on best practices. It’s a CURE, an affectionate if braggadocious acronym for classroom-based undergraduate research experiences. By adopting this approach, all of the students in the class have the opportunity to complete their own research…

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Our Chapbook

Book title Explorations in Teaching Online

We decided that we might take these posts we have written and turn them into a book or sorts. We were able to have a student worker do some of the layout and graphics. The final result is linked below. LearningCommunityPublishingVersion7 (1)

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The 2021 Cascadia OpenEd Conference

Cascadia OpenEd conference

Over the past three days I attended several sessions at the Cascadia OpenEd conference sponsored by several west coast associations and the wonderful and always inspiriting BCcampus team. I thought I’d share a couple of broad thoughts about the event and what I saw on the screen and felt as…

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A Foray into Spec Grading

Over the years, I’ve refined rubrics with the intent that students can evaluate their own mastery of an assignment. In some courses, students generate their own rubrics. During class sessions, students practice applying the rubrics, which gives them insight into how to create assignments that meet the goals. I still…

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Vision 2020

Vision 2020 Image Credit   20/20 vision indicates good visual clarity, much like the year 2020 has done for me.  2020 made me look very closely at what the teaching-learning process was truly about. I wondered about the affordances and challenges of a brick and mortar school, the unique challenges…

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Making the Best of a Zoom Situation

I teach a lot of performance-based classes. Body and voice are especially important. And Zoom makes this especially hard. Students are often poorly-lit, often have issues with sound, and often feel stuck and physically-restrained in the small boxes of Zoom. So, my fellow performance colleague, Deborah Hathaway, and I recorded…

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Let Me Express Myself

I am going to choose to represent what I am trying to convey in some text, a couple of images, and in a video. Why three things you might ask? Well, I just don’t want to have to type all the sentences it may take to express this thought. That…

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