I had so many high hopes for blogging over the break when I wrote my first ReflectBlog post last week, but an honest look at the calendar and pondering family obligations has made me realize that this holiday break is going to disappear with supernatural speed. I've got this week for some fun reflecting, but already on Tuesday next week, before Santa has even made it back to the North Pole, I have to get to work on next semester's stuff if I am going to be ready in time. Ouch.
Luckily, though, today's blog post is something I don't actually have to write: instead, I can just share the latest "Teach Better" podcast from Ed O'Neill and Doug McKee which has some audio-thoughts woven in from yours truly. Ed and I have been friends online for a long time, and it was so fun to be able to participate in one of these podcasts. As Ed noticed, between the three of us, we have a collective 30 years of online teaching. That's pretty amazing when you think about it, and the theme of the show is all about the challenges of teaching online, and how those challenges push you to improve and come up with new approaches from semester to semester and year to year.
There are some remarks about Canvas in there and other technology (a big shout-out for Zoom from Doug and Ed, and a big shout-out for blogging from Ed and me — plus a book shout-out for Sheena Iyengar, whose work I learned about thanks to the InstCon line-up this summer)... but it's really not so much about the tech as about the learning process: how students can use online spaces for learning, and how we can learn to do a better job of teaching online too.
And thanks to the power of Photoshop, Doug let me "be there" even though I've never met Ed or Doug in person ha ha. :-)
The full audio is embedded in the blog post, and Ed does a cool thing where he picks out highlights and includes the time marks for them. So, it's not a full transcript, but it's super-useful for navigating the audio because you can click and go straight to that spot in the audio if you don't have time for the whole thing. Digital power!