On Teaching Christianly – Hospitality in the Online Classroom

One of my favorite parts of professoring is all of the reading I get to do. Primarily, my foci are on the field in which I teach and on becoming a better teacher. Right now, I’m reading a book specific to becoming a teacher who teachers more Christianly. David I. Smith’s On Christian Teaching, which…

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On Promoting Successful Navigation of Choice and Ambiguity While Acknowledging the Paradox of Choice

ISTE Standard for Students 4D recommends that “Students exhibit a tolerance for ambiguity, perseverance and the capacity to work with open-ended problems.”  This week I am interested in how to promote those characteristics in an online higher ed learning environment. From my experience, it’s a fine line between giving students freedom one hand, and causing…

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How NOT to Step in It

One of my favorite classes to teach at ACU Online is CONR 637 – Dispute Resolution and the Legal System. It’s kind of a hippie-ish class in which we look at conflict management in different cultures across the world and then try to use what we learned to see our own homes in a new…

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Book Review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Towles

A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles My rating: 5 of 5 stars This was an audiobook listen for me, narrated by the wonderful Nicholas Guy Smith. It was also something of a journey. It took me most of 2020 and a month of 2021 to finish this fine novel. It took me so long…

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Navigating Daily Tasks and the Information Stream

Captains of our Mental Ships I’m rounding the corner on my third year of full-time teaching, as well as my third quarter of doctoral studies. One of the most surprising things to me about both pursuits is the copious amount of information I’m consistently exposed to. There’s a constant stream of information about advances in…

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Equipping Adult Online Learners to Creatively Demonstrate Mastery

We’r only a few weeks into 2021, but it’s already been a year of academic growth and exploration. With exploration often comes a sense of being lost, and that’s where I am right now, ha ha! Hence, the map image below: Maybe y’all can help me out. As a graduate professor and simultaneously as a […]

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