Category Archives: Learning online

Budgets and Inflexibility

A new semester has begun at my university, where I teach as a Sessional Lecturer (Adjunct to my American friends). Mind you this sort of academic labour is somewhat better than in the United States. I earn enough from my … Continue reading

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Journals

Online teaching in the academic world requires access to online journals and eBooks. When I began teaching online in 2004, there were very few eBooks available but almost all journals I needed were accessible through the university library website.  Most … Continue reading

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Assisted learning online

This Spring I discovered an area where persons with disabilities are not well served in online teaching. I know that those with visual disabilities can overcome this using screen readers – JAWS for Windows machines and Macs come with built-in … Continue reading

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Broken Links

I’m not referring here to the infamous ‘missing link’. The platform used by my university for online teaching is mostly text based with some pictures and photographs (and the occasional video) inserted. The problem is copyright, an issue being fought … Continue reading

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Work

This is cross-posted from my blog-to-be-book An Historian Looks at the West   While marking a discussion post on my History of Religion course, my mind went off on a tangent. I started to think about work (obviously not my current … Continue reading

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Disembodied Voices

One of the difficulties inherent in online teaching is the lack of personal immediacy. I have taught in large classes and small and run discussion groups ranging from 12 to 25 students. Even in the largest lecture halls there is … Continue reading

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Epilogue 1 (Epilog 1 for American friends)

I have begun the process of downloading the blog posts here prepatory for the book to come. This will take some time as I have only early thoughts on the purpose and theme of this book. There are many, many … Continue reading

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