Laura Gibbs has been teaching mythology and folklore online since 2002 for the University of Oklahoma. For the past five summers, Doug has taught small private online courses (SPOC’s) for the Yale Summer Session, and Edward has taught several courses in a variety of online formats. In this episode all three share the lessons they’ve learned along the way.
0:00 ⏯ Intro
3:50 ⏯ Flexibility and making what the student is thinking visible.
5:24 ⏯ Laura Gibbs: using extra credit assignments as a laboratory and paying attention to student choices.
10:26 ⏯ Lessons learned and our own personal journeys through online teaching. Why Doug got into online teaching: a SPOC at Yale Summer Program.
14:23 ⏯ Edward’s first mistakes in teaching online: if students don’t understand the assignment, it’s hard to move forward from there.
28:40 ⏯ How Edward fixed his course issues. Starting easy. Many small projects–then choosing one to expand.
42:19 ⏯ Laura on making time for rewriting and revision. Carl Wieman’s exercise: students explaining their own wrong midterm answers. Reflection and learning. Laura on students reflecting and learning across disciplines using creative assignments.
49:45 ⏯ End-of-semester wishes and regrets: how I’ll teach differently next time. Doug’s 15 hours of video are getting a little long in the tooth.
57:50 ⏯ Memorable mistakes? The worst mistake of all: not admitting when you make a mistake. Modeling enthusiasm, purpose, and humility.
1:00:24 ⏯ Laura on humanistic labor and using digital media. An “open,” journey-centered course vs. a closed, instructor-directed course. Laura’s metaphor for online teaching: a hybrid car, not a hybrid course.
1:06:38 ⏯ Signing off.
Want more from Laura Gibbs? Follow her on Twitter and check out:
- Laura’s Inoreader mythology & folklore course stream
- Laura’s tips for embedding external tools in Canvas
- Laura’s Widget Warehouse for super-powering Canvas
- The Canvas site for Laura’s Mythology and Folklore class
- The Canvas site for Laura’s Indian Epics class