Jim and Beth Harger, Professional Adjuncts

The Professional Adjunct website is a place where we share ideas and strategies with instructors who teach students in nontraditional settings. Weekly podcast episodes contain reflections and interviews with educators on current topics and trends, along with best practices in higher education.

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Recent Podcast Episodes

Thoughts on Discussions

In this 30 minute presentation, Beth and I discuss what makes a good online discussion and how we encourage our students to adopt these strategies. The three elements of an effective online discussion are Collaborative Interaction, Contribution Quality,...

Are You Part of the Problem or the Solution?

There has been a lot of articles lately about how an online education does not stand up to the quality of a traditional education. The first thing that came to my mind was a question: Am I part of the problem? Or am I part of the solution?

Why do Students Need to Reference Required Readings?

There are two reasons why a student should reference the required reading in their assignments. The first reason is important from the perspective of the instructor, and the second reason is important from the perspective of the student.

Sometimes We Need a Break

A short video with a few thoughts on the importance of taking a break from our work. Sometimes we need to just step away and de-stress.

Teaching Online has Many Advantages

There are many advantages to teaching online. Thanks to technology, one is I can work from almost anywhere, even when traveling or on vacation.

PA031: Special Edition from the Online College Success Podcast

On this episode, we discuss the 10 things you need to consider when thinking of going to college. The answers are not always as obvious as they seem.

PA030: Think Like a Coach

Coaches do almost all their teaching through feedback. Yes, grading is a requirement that must be done. However, grading is a minimal part of feedback. Dr. John Orlando gives an insider’s viewpoint taking us through the process of effective feedback.

PA029: Goal Setting: From S.M.A.R.T. to S.M.A.R.T.E.R.

Listen in as Jim and Beth discuss how Michael Hyatt takes terms we may have heard before to the next level. He takes the S.M.A.R.T. goals, updates the acronyms and makes them S.M.A.R.T.E.R. Setting specific, measurable, and actionable items is always good advice. Now, take a risk and reach for the next level. Get excited and motivated about what you intend to accomplish, while keeping it relevant.

PA028: It’s Time to Make a Change-Exposing Feedback Assumptions: Interview with Dr. Kristen Wall

When it comes to feedback, what do students want? To help answer that question, Dr. Kristen Wall elaborates on five themes brought to light by her doctoral dissertation, which focused on at-risk adult students from millennials to baby boomers and linear and non-sequential learners.

PA027: What Has Changed and What to Expect for Online Teaching

In this insightful interview, Dr. Kristen Jensen Wall shares her perspective on the transitions and driving forces for online education. Benefit from her nine years of experience as she talks about flawed assumptions and the biggest challenges for faculty members moving to the online environment.