Connecting to Students: Improving Retention in Online Classes (Part I)

By Rich Russell In a recent column for The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Rob Jenkins highlights what we need to consider in our zealous pursuit of online education (“the third-rail in American higher education politics”), where retention rates, Jenkins notes, are just 50ish percent, yet few seem to worry. Two personal statistics that might make […]

Classroom Parent or Classroom Mentor?

By Kathy McBrayer, M.Ed., SPHR I won the Mother of the Year award this month. Yes, it’s true — my neighbor officially posted on my Facebook wall that I earned the award for spending Mother’s Day, 2011, at Six Flags Over Texas with my husband and son.  I humbly accepted the award, not that I […]

Laugh, Cry, Hell’s Bells…You Decide

Tyler Junior College in East Texas serves 12,000 students. According to the JC’s web site, 250 of its 456 faculty are full-time. For some odd reason, the part-time faculty are getting a pay raise this year. I say for some odd reason, because the part-time faculty per course pay at Tyler Junior College has not […]

Summer Is For Reading (For Some Lucky Part-Timers)

By Kat Kiefer-Newman We talk about breaking news. We talk about local events and history. We talk about politics, cultural issues, and contemporary problems. We talk about the economy, the state of college education, and future goals. Many will share personal experiences and worries. And we talk about books. In all of my classes (but […]

Lore to Kairos (and the envelope please…)

I recently wrote about wordriver (and my ambivalence regarding it). This week I’d like to touch on a markedly different publication, Kairos. Kairos is subtitled “A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy.” They’ve been around for more than a decade, which means they were publishing about the intersection of computers and rhetoric back in the […]

Let’s Base Faculty Hiring/Retention Decisions on Student Outcomes

By P.D. Lesko “Do teachers matter or are teaching methods more important?” That’s the question posed by AdjunctNation.com writer Melissa Miller in her entry this week. On the AdjunctNation Facebook page, Georgia NeSmith wrote in response to Miller’s piece, “Of course the teacher matters. The good teacher will choose the best methods. The entire study […]

Using A Learner Centered Approach: Maintaining Consistency Teaching At The Doctoral Level

By Nancy A. Walker, Ph.D. How do online instructors maintain consistent teaching at the doctoral level? Are there tricks, tips, special formulas? There are proven methods that aid instructors in preserving an even balance at the doctoral level. While teaching online is a different venue in and of itself, teaching doctoral courses brings another dynamic […]

Do Students Need to Trust Us to Learn?

By Bruce A. Johnson, Ph.D., MBA When you consider the importance of building strong working relationships with your students, how important is the element of trust and is it necessary for effective classroom facilitation? Can the process of learning occur even if students have not developed a sense of trust with their instructor? When students […]

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