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E-Learning,Instructional Design

April 13, 2014

Another flip

In February with time running down in the second, and final, trimester of AP Euro I did something that I should have done  long before: I devoted two class periods to student textbook reading.   This seems to fly in the face of my embrace of constructivism, my desire for students to meaningfully engage in […]


January 5, 2014

More labor, more differentiation, better curriculum

Todd Beach recently tweeted a link to an interesting post of his from last year,  “Kindergarten and Finnish Lessons”, in which he discusses Pasi Sahlberg’s Finnish Lessons in light of All I Ever Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten.  Reading this reminded me of  a key insight from past the few years.  And, in the spirit of […]

E-Learning,Instructional Design

December 30, 2013

Differentiation, with computers

There is more than one way to flip a classroom.  While my classroom is currently far from flipped I have been pleased with the results from employing some e-learning strategies.  Blending traditional, f2f classes with e-learning creates additional possibilities for the differentiated instruction that is all the rage in education these days, and curating stand […]

E-Learning,Instructional Design

January 19, 2013

Design Matters

As I get ready to start another e-learning course I’m thinking back to last fall’s online Politics and Law course.  Beyond the communication and motivation issues, I am convinced that design of the moodle site was another barrier to student work completion.  Any problems in design were exacerbated by a lower level of student tech […]

E-Learning,Instructional Design,Politics and Law

December 9, 2012

Communicating Expectations

I’m continuing to reflect on how to better encouraging student work in online Politics and Law (guest access allowed) through better communication.  All of my students passed the course in the recent finished trimester, but that may have been due to  frequent reminders to students and parents.  In a larger class I might have the time for so […]

E-Learning,Instructional Design,Politics and Law

December 1, 2012

Do Your Work!

This week I finished teaching my first online class, Politics and Law.  I was lucky to work with 8 good-natured seniors, and enjoyed the experience.  Throughout the class the greatest challenge that I faced was getting students to complete their assignments.  In some ways this was nothing new, in most regular level classes that I […]

E-Learning,Politics and Law,TelePresence

November 15, 2012


I am nearing the end of my my first trimester teaching a blended Politics and Law class.  The blend is two days a week in a Cisco TelePresence room with the other days online. The technology is truly impressive; interactions with students at three other remote sites became natural very quickly.  The students seem to […]