Online Course Visit: EDU210

president wills taking on online course visitDr. Wills and I sat down for the second “online course visit” this year. While it’s easy to drop in on a face-to-face classroom to get a taste of what’s happening there, it’s different for online learning.

Dr. Wills has been excited to extend her regular visits to the online system, and for good reason: more than 30% of YC courses are offered online. Instructor Tara O’neill made a short screen video to guide the president, suggesting assignments to look at and even participate in. She was able to see some best practices in action, see the work students are doing, and learn about the processes and challenges in this learning environment.

If YOU would like Dr. Wills to visit your online course, drop me a line!

Perseverance Furthers

debbie roberts with awardHistory instructor Debbie Roberts is known for her academic rigor, so it’s not surprising that she possesses the same discipline when tackling new teaching modalities. Technology can be challenging to the most patient of edu-gurus, and Debbie has faced her’s with unyielding fortitude.

She has been using lecture capture technology for years, making new recordings in her office each semester. When it failed this semester, she tried a new software. In the learning process, she lost 2 hours of recorded lectures right off the bat, but did she throw in the towel? You know the answer: after we got the microphone working, she proceeded to re-record them with hardly a complaint.

The first ever TeLS “Perseverance Award” goes to Debbie. As the award says, “Your patience, tolerance, and solution-focused attitude keeps us all moving forward. It’s appreciated!”

We Dig

There is some beautiful cultural content on Maria Popova does great work and her story is awesome. Often, the content is related to teaching. The tweet below is a good example.

You can follow @brainpicker on Twitter. Today she shared the video below from Dr. Susan Weinschenk and well worth listening to for faculty everywhere.

5 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know About People from Weinschenk on Vimeo.

Welcome to the Second Annual March for Best Practices!

We invite all faculty at Yavapai to participate in this peaceful and profound march hoping to share the remarkable work we do in our classes! It is easy to participate and become a voice for the improvement of teaching in both online and face to face environments. The march runs from March 16th to the 27th. You can see our march by clicking on March for Best Practices in the site navigation above or by clicking here.

To become active in the march, all you need to do is create two short videos of one to three minutes and get them to the march. That means using your phone, a friends phone, Jing or Camtasia, or some screen recording software to capture the information you wish to share and get the video to YouTube or Todd Conaway.

If you are addressing an online best practice, please refer to one of the rubrics and make sure you share the rubric used and the item in it.

Here is a fine example from last year from marcher and fellow YC faculty Jason Whitesitt.

If you have any questions about your safety as a marcher, or technical concerns, please email

Fair Use Week


It is Fair Use Week here in the United States. The week is about celebrating, “the important doctrines of fair use in the United States and fair dealing in Canada and other jurisdictions.”

You can see some of the resources made available by here.

Below is the twitter stream for the #fairuseweek hashtag.