The Productive Online and Offline Professor: A Practical Guide

The Productive Online and Offline Professor: A Practical Guide


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What does it mean to be a productive professor in higher education? What would it feel like to have more peace and productivity?
To have nothing fall through the cracks? The Productive Online and Offline
is written for today’s busy higher education professional.
Through an exploration of what it means to make work meaningful, this book offers practical strategies and tips to support higher education professionals in efficiently managing and effectively using a wide range of technologies and productivity tools.

Higher education instructors will find this guide helps them to fulfill their teaching roles with excellence and to build engaging relationships with students while also successfully managing other priorities in their professional and personal lives.

The Productive Online Professor
assists those who teach online and blended courses with managing their personal productivity. Faculty are often expected to provide support and feedback to learners outside of normal work hours in non-traditional classes. Programs that are designed with more asynchronous content may cause faculty to perceive that it is difficult to ever press the “off button” on their teaching.The author offers guidance and suggests software tools for streamlining communication and productivity that enable faculty to better balance their lives while giving rich feedback to students.

1 addresses the challenges in defining productivity and presents a working definition for the text.

Part 2 describes the ability to communicate using both synchronous and asynchronous methods, along with ways of enriching such communication.

Part 3 describes methods for finding, curating, and sharing relevant knowledge both within one’s courses and to a broader personal learning network (PLN).

Part 4 examines specific tools for navigating the unique challenges of productivity while teaching online. It includes ways to grade more productively while still providing rich feedback to students.

Part 5 shares techniques for keeping one’s course materials current and relevant in the most efficient ways possible.

The Productive Online Professor is a practical guide for how to provide high quality online classes to diverse students. This book shares specific technology and other tools that may be used in charting a course toward greater productivity. It is intended to be a professional resource for fulfilling our roles with excellence and joy, while managing other priorities in our personal and professional lives.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620367308
Publisher: Stylus Publishing
Publication date: 01/30/2020
Series: Thrive Online Series
Pages: 220
Sales rank: 541,595
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Bonni Stachowiak is the host of the long-running podcast, Teaching in
Higher Ed. She is also dean of teaching and learning at Vanguard University of
Southern California.

Learn more about her podcast and blog at

Robert Talbert is an Associate Professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University. His primary research interests are the scholarship of teaching and learning, focusing on flipped learning, alternative grading practices, and teaching with technology. He facilitates workshops, presents and keynotes on these topics.

Dr. Katie Linder is currently the executive director for program development at Kansas State University Global Campus. Previously, she directed the award-winning Ecampus Research Unit at Oregon State University. Katie is also a Certified Coach through the International Coach Federation.

Katie is an avid writer and researcher with a passion for process and peeking behind the scenes at what it takes to be a successful academic. For the past several years, her work has focused on blended course design best practices, institutional supports for accessible online learning, and research literacy for scholarship of teaching and learning practitioners and distance education stakeholders. She speaks on topics related to writing and publication; creativity and productivity; self-promotion and personal branding; and teaching and learning with technology.

Her latest works include Going Alt-Ac: A Guide to Alternative Academic Careers (Stylus, 2020; co-authored with Kevin Kelly and Tom Tobin), Managing Your Professional Identity Online: A Guide for Faculty, Staff, and Administrators (Stylus, 2018), High-Impact Practices in Online Education (Stylus, 2018), and The Business of Innovating Online (Stylus, 2019). She is also the author of The Blended Course Design Workbook: A Practical Guide (Stylus, 2016).

Katie earned her BA in English Literature from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA, and her MA and PhD in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University.

Visit her personal website at:

Table of Contents

Series Foreword—Kathryn E. Linder
Foreword—Robert Talbert

Part One: Translating Intention Into Action
Part Two: Facilitating Communication
Part Three: Finding, Curating, and Sharing Knowledge
Part Four: Leveraging Technology Toward Greater Productivity
Part Five: Keeping Current

Appendix: Productivity Tools
About the Author

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