Preparing to Teach Online

As we stumble move closer to the end of the semester, it’s already time to begin thinking about the Spring term. That might seem like overkill, considering it’s crunch time right now and difficult to think about the next semester while we’re still neck-deep in finishing the current one. That’s both the blessing and curse of teaching in higher education: we get a new start every semester–but we have to prepare for that start as well. This is particularly true for those of us scheduled to teach an online course this coming spring; not only is there the regular course prep work to do, but if it’s your first (or one of your first) go-around with online teaching, there’s an additional level of preparatory labor necessary to create the foundation for a successful online course. Continue reading “Preparing to Teach Online”

I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords

Fans of The Simpsons will probably recognize the reference in this post’s title; it comes from a 1994 episode where news anchor Kent Brockman is reporting on what he thinks is an invasion of alien ants: “I, for one, welcome our new insect overlords. I’d like to remind them that as a trusted TV personality, I can be helpful in rounding up others to toil in their underground sugar caves.” It’s a wickedly funny episode (as most early Simpsons were), but Brockman’s line has taken on a pop-culture life of its own since then. Continue reading “I, For One, Welcome Our New Robot Overlords”