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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 […]

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 […]

History,Instructional Design,Uncovering History

July 26, 2013

Routine, it’s what we do here…

Presenting at a stimulating Minnesota Council for History Education workshop this week, I stressed the importance of establishing classroom routines around historical inquiry.  I know this is important, because I have yet to do it fully and know the consequences.  Students still find the task of critically approaching sources strange and opaque.  Establishing a frequently […]

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 […]

History,Instructional Design,Uncovering History

August 11, 2012

Using Primary Sources

My mind has turned toward history teaching again this week after a summer of Online Politics and Law curriculum writing.  August on the calendar has me thinking about the other classes that I will be teaching this fall: Global Studies and AP European History.  And, over last weekend I reviewed some US History curriculum as […]

Instructional Design,Politics and Law

July 30, 2012


I have been online a lot this summer, taking two online classes and writing another.  I was already signed up for Instructional Design in Online Learning through UW Stout (Educ 763) as part of Stout’s E-learning and Online Teaching Certificate program when I learned that I would be writing and then teaching Online Politics and Law. […]