Karen Costa (she/her) Profile picture
#HigherEd · course & community design · faculty & student success · online learning advocate · #ClimateAction pedagogy · ADHD/ND · adjunct · author of 99 tips
Oct 31, 2022 5 tweets 5 min read
I wrote about ADHD, #AtomicHabits, ableism, Ungrading, and all the things.


karenraycosta.medium.com/systems-arent-… TLDR: ADHD is a life-threatening condition. Systems, routines, and structures keep me alive. Ignorant critiques of these strategies are ableist. Let's do better. Happy Monday!

Mar 31, 2022 4 tweets 3 min read
Low attendance is understandable as we continue to recover from a global disaster while simultaneously experiencing repeated impacts/surges.

We have to design/adapt for this reality. Not for the fantasy of “back to normal.”

#TraumaAware https://www.samhsa.gov/sites/default/files/images/fema-ccp-g collective trauma: “a cataclysmic event that shatters the basic fabric of society”


Feb 3, 2022 16 tweets 6 min read
Okay here goes nothing. A new thread 🧵about #CourseHero.

My name's Karen, I've worked in #HigherEd for 20 years, and this is the absolute last thing I want to talk about today. But, I'm compelled in the face of what I see as immense harm being done to students. Yesterday, I wrote a piece about Course Hero. You can read it here:
Jan 24, 2022 4 tweets 2 min read
great #OnlineLearning isn't necessarily media-rich. it's connection-rich.

the LEAST engaging online courses I've taken have been media-rich and connection-poor. I see a lot of #HigherEd LD postings that seem to misunderstand this. That worries me.

pedagogy before tech
people before pedagogy

Nov 19, 2021 10 tweets 2 min read
so I woke up thinking about the "rigor wars," as one does and I kind of feel like the debate over rigor, not to be dramatic, but it feels symptomatic of a (the?) battle for the soul of higher education
Nov 18, 2021 8 tweets 5 min read
I have a few thoughts on rigor!

#ToxicRigor I don't disagree with anything in this piece. What I find really interesting is the assumption that those of us who are advocating for caring pedagogy, grounded in a balance b/t support and challenge, have at any point become less rigorous.

Nov 18, 2021 11 tweets 4 min read
I'm doing some research this morning on long-term collective traumas... So many people are saying to me that they feel like they're at a breaking point, along with everyone around them. That they feel worse, not better. I thought this @insidehighered piece captured this really well (thank you students).

Nov 17, 2021 7 tweets 4 min read
"Everyone is on the verge of a breakdown."


insidehighered.com/advice/2021/11… "But now it’s just expected and understood: everyone is just one minor event away from snapping. COVID scares can trigger existential crises and then ripple effects. Why ask each other “How are you?” when nothing has changed in almost two years?"

Jun 9, 2021 15 tweets 6 min read
Okay before I share any of this, for the record, I'm not actually critiquing HyFlex. HyFlex, bless its heart, is fine. What I'm critiquing is #HigherEd's continued reliance on garbage can decision making. While there are some exceptions, I've yet to see any compelling data or argument that HyFlex is better than a well-designed, fully online course taught by an awesome online educator. And the costs in terms of faculty stress and the tech being poured into it continue to amass...
Jun 8, 2021 5 tweets 1 min read
What problem is HyFlex trying to solve? Not a rhetorical question.

#HigherEd I guess I'm wondering what problems we're actually trying to solve here, or if we have garbage can decision making at play (solutions seeking problems).

Dec 4, 2020 15 tweets 3 min read
I went to bed last night really angry and frustrated that people are still forcing learners to be on camera... At this point I wonder if the holdouts are people we can get through to, who are just in need of more support and information about the science of teaching and learning, or if they are committed to their own ignorance? Is it worth continuing the conversation?
Dec 3, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
"A lot of us have never been trained how to teach. Doesn’t it seem fundamentally absurd that graduate students and faculty all over the country are teaching science without even having taken a single course in science teaching?"


insidehighered.com/news/2020/12/0… "We jump through an absurd number of hoops to become college faculty, yet none of those hoops is about becoming a good teacher."

A man after my own heart, @hormiga.

Dec 2, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Still no.

linkedin.com/pulse/cameras-… I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you actually can’t police someone else’s attention. Try these strategies instead.

Dec 1, 2020 10 tweets 3 min read
So we know that unmitigated chronic stress is detrimental to teaching and learning, but we can’t think our way out of it. At some point #HigherEd will have to acknowledge that we have bodies.

#BurnoutBook I've been thinking about this all morning in the context of some anxiety I've been having about transitioning into downtime over winter break...
Nov 17, 2020 15 tweets 7 min read
okay something's been bugging me...a #FacDev thread... I would argue that #FacDev is a huge area of opportunity in #HigherEd (or we could say it's completely broken-you choose).
Nov 16, 2020 19 tweets 8 min read
Let's do a thing. Should we do a thing? Let's promote women+ who've written books about #HigherEd, shall we? I'm going to pull from the #HigherEd reads list we started in January.

Using Amazon for sanity: please consider your independent bookstores if purchasing. Before I get to books, let me take a moment to direct you to @womeninhighered, led by @kelly_j_baker. What would we do without this feminist #HigherEd publication? I hope we never have to find out.

Nov 16, 2020 6 tweets 3 min read
Nov 12, 2020 9 tweets 3 min read
Friends: I'm at a professional conference this week. Hearing a report that when presenters use breakout rooms, people are leaving sessions en masse.

Shall we discuss?

#AcademicChatter So y'all have feelings about breakout rooms I see. Here are some of my key takeaways from this conversation:
Nov 12, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
This is worth taking a look at. Some very concerning findings about #MentalHealth impacts of COVID.

boston.com/news/coronavir… Rates of suicidal ideation rose from a baseline of 3.4% in 2014 to 36.9% in October.

Historical norms for major depression were 7.7% pre-COVID, and rose to 27% during COVID.

Treatment: samhsa.gov/find-treatment
Oct 6, 2020 8 tweets 3 min read
What is everyone planning in their courses for election week? How will we take care of ourselves, each other, and our learners? Let's brainstorm and crowdsource ideas?

#AcademicChatter I'll share my two cents from the standpoint of #traumaaware teaching, diminished executive functions, and severe stress/overwhelm...
Oct 6, 2020 7 tweets 5 min read
wow is there a lot going on here


insidehighered.com/views/2020/10/… I just can't anymore, and I know a lot of you can't either. I am so done with these elite pockets of #HigherEd ignoring the work that the vast majority of us are doing every day.