Managing work/life balance teaching from home

I taught my first online course in the late 1990s. I had done my homework, reading up on everything I could find about teaching online, attending conference sessions about teaching online. While the Internet was out of its infancy, it… Read moreManaging work/life balance teaching from home

Faculty development: Available for remote presentations

I have been getting inquiries regarding my availability to present to faculty remotely. I am very happy to do this. Most commonly, I have given presentations on using the tech tools and tips covered in this blog to make your… Read moreFaculty development: Available for remote presentations

Clear cache for one—and only one—webpage

Faculty who have been around learning management systems (LMSs) for any amount of time know that sometimes gunk builds up in the browser cogs resulting in some page in the LMS not working as expected. If it’s something that worked… Read moreClear cache for one—and only one—webpage

PowerPoint presenter view in Zoom—with one monitor

Are you teaching remotely using Zoom? And you only have one monitor? Do you miss using PowerPoint presenter view in your classroom? PowerPoint presenter view This is what presenter view looks like. When you have a computer screen and a… Read morePowerPoint presenter view in Zoom—with one monitor

Jazz up your LMS with emoji

Is all of that bland text in your LMS starting to get to you? Do you wish you could jazz it up a bit? As far as web browsers are concerned, emojis and Unicode symbols are the same as text…. Read moreJazz up your LMS with emoji

Bone conduction headphones

If you’re teaching and attending committee meetings remotely, you’re spending some serious quality time with your headphones. I had never found earbuds that didn’t irritate my ears after an hour or so. Over-the-ear headphones make my ears hot, and the… Read moreBone conduction headphones

Send texts via email

Faculty seem to always be thinking about the best way to communicate with our students. While most academics still live inside of our email, most of our students do not. Some instructors use Remind or Slack to message their students,… Read moreSend texts via email

Email management tips

As my colleagues at semester institutions are trying to finish out their terms and those of us on quarters are gearing up for the start of the spring term during this time of coronavirus online education, email management is more… Read moreEmail management tips

Office 365 Bookings tool

I first wrote about the YouCanBook.Me scheduling tool in 2010. YouCanBook.Me checks your web-based calendar to see when you are free, and then makes your free times schedulable by others, such as students. To access YouCanBook.Me’s full power, you need… Read moreOffice 365 Bookings tool

Working from home? Some ways to communicate synchronously with students

Living near Seattle during COVID-19 has been… interesting. While as of this writing, my college is open for face-to-face courses, our college president wrote, in part, “In accordance with King County Department of Public Health  guidance, we encourage supervisors to… Read moreWorking from home? Some ways to communicate synchronously with students