By the wind.

My power was out, internet is still out, and pine needles are covering my yard once more.

But hey, at least we are BACK!

Wait, no, this back!

Things happened, are happening, and will happen

Remi Kalir (Learning in a time of Pandemic podcast) is giving a presentation to CPHHS at 2pm today about the same topic. Zoom link

The Teaching Tech Talk Tuesday… or was it Talking Tech on Teaching Tuesday… or maybe Tuesday Tech Talks on Tuesday… Regardless, Spring’s CTL T4 workshops are starting up. It’s a certificated program if you are involved with a certain number of them. Check it out.

While purpose built for main campus, CTL has a “New to OSU” game for new faculty to get used to the resources that OSU has. While certain things may not apply (like finding specific buildings on main campus) there are a ton of other resources for new faculty there.

Hope everyone is ready for some great weather! (at some point?)

-Tim Burnett

Instructor of Kinesiology

Not the final countdown you expect

I hope everyone is skidding into home with the greatest of ease! I might have to just see where I land when the skidding is done…

Finals and self-reflection

While this may apply to all exams, finals are currently upon us. Apply liberally. I found an article from The Teaching Professor about self-assessment and exam scores.

As you may know a student’s ability to understand WHY they performed a certain way can help them to change strategies in the future. Since it isn’t an inherent process for everyone, most students may need a (consistent) reminder to evaluate their approach to the material.

Give this a read and see if there are some (all) students that might fit this type of reminding/instruction.

Good luck!

Arrested Development (TV series) | Arrested development, Will arnett, The final countdown

Leave your body at the door!

Shout out to Ron Reuter for his song request! Ok, he didn’t really request it, and I’m not a DJ, but he was totally thinking it.

Oh, and I’m glad we are on the quarter system, I was tired of taking off my shoes for the last third of a semester. (Get it? I’m bad at counting). I’ll be here all week, tip your waitstaff.

But seriously

As we run through the last modules, set up Q&A session, and allow time for group projects, this relative calm before the grading storm should provide a great time to reflect on this term specifically.

How did it go in general?

Did you use any new techniques to gauge learning or interest?

If so, how did they go? (I typically go back to my “Keep, Start, Stop” comments and evaluate if I actually changed things in a way that addressed concerns)

While it’s fresh in your mind, make changes to course content or make a visible note or instructions for when you can revisit and adjust.

Don’t forget yourself

How did YOU do this term? Always behind, frustrated, unbalanced, or did you stick the landing?

If you have ever talked to and EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) you may have heard that the first priority is their own safety. Because, if they get hurt, no one is getting saved. I know, a little less dire for us, but it still applies.

So think of what might make next term/year more balanced or what you might be doing to decompress after grades are submitted.

(I’ve always wondered about the weekly beer consumption between finals week and break…)

-Tim Burnett

Instructor of Kinesiology


Ok, not the best analogy, but as instructors we have a role to facilitate an equitable learning environment. Consistently picking favorites can do a disservice to most of the class. It also can help others tune out or lose attention.

To that point, a recent presentation by Katherine McAlvage for CPHHS focused on inclusive teaching in this remote time. I highly suggest giving this a view to see what may apply to your courses and students.

-Tim Burnett

Instructor of Kinesiology