April 10, 2020
Online Teaching Strategies & Tools 10
'What Do We Need To Teach Now'
'What Do We Need To Teach Now'

Many faculty members are so preoccupied with how to set up an online class that it's as if the big, important questions have gone missing, argues Deborah J. Cohan. We must also model for students how and what to prioritize.

I clearly remember the immediate frenzy of activity that followed my father-in-law’s death from cancer at age 49. We were devastated by the loss, but we were so busy that we didn’t feel the deep and lasting pain until later, when the funeral was over and the out-of-town guests had gone. I expect something similar to happen with the Great Pivot Online Crisis of 2020.

Just last month, I launched my first book and started a book tour. When I planned my syllabi in January, I was worried about having some absences from classes and how to minimize the disruption of that for my students. Little did I know how truly upended our semester would become and how all my best-laid plans and contingency plans, of which I always have plenty, would also be out the window.

I also had no idea how prophetic the title of my new book, Welcome to Wherever We Are, would be or how the essential message of the book might inform how I am reshaping my pedagogy now. My book is about what we hold on to, what we let go of, how we remember others and how we’re remembered. It’s those questions that I am relying on now to structure how I move forward and how I will try to inspire my students to move forward.

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Campus Chats - The MSU Version of TedTalks
The Office of Communications and Marketing would like to take the opportunity during these “interesting” times to take a new approach to highlight the excellence and expertise of our faculty and staff.
Similar to TedTalks, COMA is requesting informally produced videos that they can share on social media of our faculty and staff educators. Dr. Bernadette Barton was gracious enough to provide the first video that they will feature next week. Dr. Barton teaches a course on the Sociology of Happiness. She talks about staying happy during these difficult days. She introduces herself at the beginning of the video, the topic, and her academic program. Take a look:

COMA is requesting that your video be no more than five (5) minutes in length. Your videos can be simply shot on a webcam or phone. The videos can be for any age group. COMA wants to provide videos across interests and audiences and showcase as many departments as possible.

You can upload you video to OneDrive and share the link with Jami - j.hornbuckle@moreheadstate.edu

What I Love about Teaching
Okay, We are looking for your response to this magical question:

"What do you love about teaching?"

Click the link below to share your response:

Friday Song of the Day
In the Blackboard course select "Create Thread" then select the drop down arrow next to "Mashups", select "Youtube" and then type in the name of he song/artist, then select the video for your song choice.

Here is my SOTD. I'm going Broadway today!

I would love to hear your SOTD. Send me an email with your choice fctl@moreheadstate.edu

Let's continue to communicate

Featured Magna Webinar
The Magna 20-Minute Webinar is a valuable tool and I want to encourage you to take full advantage. Here's the accessing information:

Accessing Webinars:

These licensed Magna resources are available through a password-protected website. For access, faculty need to:
  • Log into MSU’s employee portal;
  • Look under the My Classes (Blackboard) section for the Magna Training Site;
  • If Magna isn't showing up in your list of courses, please send a request to be added to msuonline@moreheadstate.edu.
  • When you click on the Magna Training Site, the Blackboard shell will open. Select Magna Campus and then launch the LTI link select 20-Minute Mentor Commons. After selecting 20-Minute Mentor Commons, choose Teaching Online then Online Course Management. Choose the featured title.
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