Category Archives: Course Development

Teaching an online class for the first time: things to consider

I am by no means an expert in distance/online education, and I would never claim to be one. But after having taught my second online course in two different university settings this past June, I do have a couple of … Continue reading

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Things I think about before I ever walk into a classroom #4(5): What Are My Pedagogical Values, and How Am I Going To Implement Them In My Teaching?

Things I think about before I ever walk into a classroom #4(5): What Are My Pedagogical Values, and How Am I Going To Implement Them In My Teaching? In this final post in my series on pedagogical considerations in the … Continue reading

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Things I Think About Before I Ever Enter a Classroom #3(4): How Does My Syllabus Support My View of Myself and My Class?

I apologize to everyone for the long hiatus. Comps. When I post about them you will understand, if you do not already, why that single word meant two and a half months of silence on my part when it comes … Continue reading

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Things I Think About Before I Ever Walk Into A Classroom #2: What do I want my students to get out of my class?

This post deals with two issues: First, “What do I want my students to get out of this class?” and second, “How am I going to accomplish those objectives through course readings and assignments. I. What do I want my … Continue reading

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So Many Things To Grade, So Little Time….. (Developing Strategic Assessment Practices)

As graduate students, one of the things we really need to get a handle on is student assessment. After all, unless we are elected to an All Soul’s Fellowship or going into the private sector, we will eventually be facing … Continue reading

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Course Syllabus Revisited, and The Week In Review 1/17/2014

Good morning! The sun is peeking over the horizon, there’s coffee the cup, the cats are busily knocking over all of my carefully-stacked papers — in other words, all’s right with my little corner of the world. This post (hopefully) … Continue reading

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Crafting a Syllabus, Part Three: Putting it all together

As you’ll recall, in the first post in this series I went over the elements of a course syllabus, which are: Course Description, aims and goals, materials, and policies A description of major assignments and grading rubric A schedule of … Continue reading

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Crafting a Syllabus, Part Two: Pacing and Assignments

Putting it all together, pacing, and assignments In an earlier post, I discussed how I go about choosing the materials I am going to teach for a literature syllabus. This post deals with how I decide to pace a course, … Continue reading

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Crafting a Syllabus, Part One

The position of graduate teaching assistant includes a wide array of duties and responsibilities. Dependent upon the college or university at which you working on your PhD, as a TA you may find yourself either assisting a professor with lab … Continue reading

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