Is flipping an online course possible?

Is it possible to flip a fully-online course that has no synchronous class meetings? The answer appears to be “yes”, but it involves unlearning some assumptions about flipped learning and about pedagogy in general.

4+1 Interview: Linda Nilson

What is “specifications grading”, and could it precipitate a revolutionary change in how faculty assess student work in higher education? In this 4+1 interview, we chat with Linda Nilson, director of the Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation at Clemson University, about her latest book _Specifications Grading: Restoring Rigor, Motivating Students, and Saving Faculty Time_ and the idea of specs grading.

Technology, learning, and institutional mission statements

Given that for the foreseeable future, technology will play a crucial role in the way that students interact with the world around them, you’d think that a college or university would be thinking hard and carefully about where technology fits into its educational mission. But I couldn’t find a single instance where technology played a role in an institutional mission statement or strategic plan. Why is that?

How about a little humor in higher education?

Are you like me, and think that higher education could benefit from a sense of humor? That we’re hearing lots of dystopian stories about how bad things are but little about what people – individual people – are doing to effect positive change in their situations? If so, you might find this upcoming workshop called There’s Something Funny About Higher Education appealing.

What’s different about the inverted classroom?

The inverted classroom is not merely the reinvention of the wheel. There’s something distinctly different about a flipped classroom than just mapping seminar, studio, or lab courses onto mathematics or whatever I am teaching. Here’s what I think those differences are.

4+1 interview with Diette Ward

This 4+1 interview features Diette Ward, Electronic Resources and Instructional Librarian at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee. In our questions, she touches on the role of the library in a modern liberal arts education, emerging technologies and how they affect libraries, and how librarians can help with the inverted classroom.