Is Your Response to an Online Discussion Adequate?

Is Your Response to an Online Discussion Adequate?

In many online classes, discussion forums are used to encourage a good back-and-forth exchange of thoughts and ideas covered in the class. A question is posed in the instructions, and then every student is expected to post an initial response, and then respond to the...
Are Your Writing a S.M.A.R.T. Paper?

Are Your Writing a S.M.A.R.T. Paper?

Almost 99% of the time, we can tell if a piece of writing is good based on the thesis statement alone. • Is the writer focused on a clearly described topic issue? • Does the writer clearly indicate their position or perspective on that issue? If a reader can easily...
Don’t stress about final papers and projects!

Don’t stress about final papers and projects!

In almost every course I teach, I receive an email a few days before the final assignment is due from a student in a panic because they do not think they can complete it in time. Most of them buckle down and get the assignment done, but some give up and do not turn it...
Have You Set Educational Goals?

Have You Set Educational Goals?

Have you set goals for your education? If you have listened to my story, you know that I went to university straight out of high school. But I dropped out of college after only one year. The reason is I did not have a strong reason to invest all of the time and effort...
Are You Checking Your School Email Account?

Are You Checking Your School Email Account?

When a student submits an assignment in an incorrect format that I cannot review, I normally “ignore” the assignment and then send an email asking the student to resubmit it in the correct format. Usually, my students realize their mistake and resubmit the assignment,...
Yes I’ll say it. Wikipedia is WONDERFUL!

Yes I’ll say it. Wikipedia is WONDERFUL!

I get Belle’s reaction in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast when she first stepped foot into that enormous library. Growing up, I spent many hours curled up in a corner at the end of the hall in my childhood home dreaming of having that for myself someday. At the end of...