Customized Questions at SmartEvals

It is now possible for individual instructors at K, if desired, to include customized questions (up to 5 per course) in their course evaluations at SmartEvals. Here’s a short (3.5 minute) video demonstrating the procedure. If you want to jump right in, scroll down to see screenshots of the three important steps

We need to talk about the size of your email inbox — Josh Moon

Information Services is in the midst of a long-term project to eventually migrate our email server to a “cloud” based Office 365 system.  When this happens – likely by the end of this academic year – email quotas will substantially increase. While email attachments are quick and familiar, sending files to each other can fill […]

Importing a previous course into your new Moodle site — Josh Moon

Once registration for the new term is completed, a new Moodle site will be automatically generated for your courses. If you’ve used Moodle to organize a course in the past, it is really convenient to import that existing setup into the new course. Here’s a quick video from Josh Moon showing you how to do […]

Making an Online Midterm Student Survey for Your Class

I’ve heard from lots of colleagues over the years that a quick survey of students in your class at the midpoint of the term — together with a discussion with your class about what you heard in the responses — improves the class climate and gives the instructor important feedback. Especially at this time when […]

A collection of thoughts on grading

Anne Marie Butler — Art History Restructuring & rethinking grading, including: How do we measure engagement? I have removed the engagement and attendance policies from my syllabi. One of the major grading areas is group work, and student provide peer and self-evaluations on the group work. In the attendance and engagement areas of the syllabus […]

A Collection of Thoughts on Building Community.

Anne Marie Butler — Art History How do we form community? (This was a topic we discussed before the spring quarter began too, but we’re sure you have thought about it more now, and have additional ideas.) like I begin all my classes, in the online version we will continue in the first class to […]

Rethinking assessment strategies in online courses: equity and honesty — Rick Barth

Years ago, when I was a young(er) faculty member at the College, Professor Gail Griffin of the English department was in that era’s equivalent of my current role. She made a pronouncement (she made so many) in a faculty meeting discussion that has remained with me clearly: “When a student cheats, it doesn’t mean they’re […]

What we have lost, and what remains — TLW Fall 2020

In the Teaching and Learning Workshop this morning, we spent some time in individual reflection around the question “What have I lost in this time of the pandemic, and what remains?”. When we shared our thoughts with each other, we notice themes of grief and mourning we share in common. First we noticed that our […]