The Chronicle of Higher Education
May 19th, 2015
Jennifer V. Ebbeler always knew that somebody else would end up
teaching her online Roman-history course. But that didn’t make giving it
up any easier.
Ms. Ebbeler spent nearly two years building an online version of
“Introduction to Ancient Rome” with a team of designers at the
University of Texas at Austin, where she is an associate professor of
classics. Most of the heavy lifting came during the last academic year,
when one of her colleagues taught the course to hundreds of
undergraduates while she coordinated behind the scenes.
The process was challenging and occasionally chaotic, she says, but
her team learned a lot about how to make the online course work. Which
is why she was frustrated when she learned that the instructor whom she
had recommended to lead it in the future — Steve Lundy, an adjunct
faculty member who had taught the first two semesters of the course —
had been passed over for the job.