Category Archives: From the Desk of Dr. Easley

New Model: Domains for Good Integrative Learning

In this issue of Connect:ED, I am sharing with our faculty a new idea that I’ve recently begun to develop. It started out as a way of sharing with an online class I am teaching what I really wanted to see happening in their weekly discussions. This is an advanced graduate-level course, so my expectations are […]

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Caring for Students Spiritually

In this issue of the Connect:ED newsletter, I return to reviewing the characteristics of the 4C Quality Faculty Model. CARING is the second of the 4 Cs. Core Characteristic #6 under it is Spiritual Life, which describes faculty who are concerned for and help nurture a student’s spiritual growth in their walk with God. This […]

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Better Grading for Better Learning

In this post, I am sharing some of my suggestions and practices for grading that I have found to be helpful in my online courses. In the first section, I share a bit of my grading philosophy and how I communicate with students. Then I talk about the value of a clear grading philosophy and how […]

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Ask Great Questions to Create Great Dialogue

In The Prince, Machiavelli famously wrote that a great prince must “certainly be a great asker of questions” (ch. 23). This is certainly true of great teachers and engaged learners. In the vast majority of our AGS online courses, discussion forums are a significant part of the course grade. In the face-to-face courses, while class discussion may not be […]

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April 1 News from Dr. Easley

Faculty Survey Report Thanks to all of you who participated in the Faculty Development Needs Survey. We had a great response and gathered some very meaningful data. Congratulations to John Davis and Ronald Scott, the winners of the $50 Amazon gift cards drawing. Some interesting observations from the survey results. First, Competency (26%) and Caring (35%) […]

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Dr. Easley, Issue 3

In issue 3, I want to keep drawing your attention to the 4C Quality Faculty Model that we’ve been introducing to you through the newsletter. This model will play an increasingly important role in all aspects of our faculty development. We just recently completed the first Faculty Online Learning Training cohort that had the 4CQ […]

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