How It Feels When an Online Instructor Is Absent

three shocked baboons (?)

Taking classes online is probably the single most significant thing I’ve done to improve my own teaching. I wasn’t expecting this. Being an empathetic person, I thought I had done a reasonable job anticipating the student experience when I developed my own online classes. And as someone with many years of face-to-face classroom experience, both […]

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Funny Things

sad puppy

I haven’t blogged for a while. There are quite a few posts brewing – have been for months – and I haven’t been able to pull it together given how awful things have been in the world lately. I just don’t have the will or extra energy to take on non-essential tasks.Just like this puppy, […]

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On Jumping In – Virtually Connecting

Autumm Caines recently wrote a lovely post on the Paradox of Inclusion relating to Virtually Connecting. The word “paradox” resonated with me on so many levels; I find that paradoxes abound when it comes to being inclusive in the small microcosm of my individual online courses – perhaps the topic for another post at another […]

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Thoughts on ‘As We May Think’

three sharpened pencils

This week – last week, really (I am running a bit behind) – as part of #openlearning17 we were asked to read As We May Think, an article written in The Atlantic by Vannevar Bush in 1945.I was struck by how abrasive the use of “man” to refer to people in general and scientists more […]

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A Tentative Toe Dip: #OpenLearning17

gren sunflower calyx on wooden board

I just found out about #OpenLearning17: A Connectivist MOOC for Faculty Collaboratives. Since I’m already on a quest to learn more about open education as I revise one of my primary courses, I figured I’d give it a whirl. To be quite honest, I have no idea what a faculty collaborative is :). It sounds […]

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The Women’s March on Washington

people with signs marching in Washington DC

I went to the Women’s March on Washington this weekend. It was amazing. There were so many lovely people, folks were generally in good spirits, patient and calm and purposeful. And by folks I do mean FOLKS. By the middle of the rally I was sandwiched tightly and couldn’t really even shift my weight from one […]

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Tricia

tricia mccauley

My friend and colleague Tricia was violently murdered on Christmas day. I was having dinner with a house full of relatives, kids running amok, laughter, presents, wine. She was being abducted, raped, and strangled after what was apparently a fluke encounter with a deranged person recently released from prison.There was a police bulletin before they […]

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What does “Open” Mean?

closet inside open door

I’ve been intrigued by the idea of open educational resources for a while now. Since I’ll likely be switching to an open-access textbook as part of this process, I’d like to learn more about the open educational movement in general. I’ve enrolled in the Becoming an Open Educator course created by Open Educational Practices in […]

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Two New Favorite Podcasts

ipod and headphones

A while back I wrote about my top 10 favorite podcasts. I’d like to add two new podcasts to the list.  Period PodcastFirst, please check out the new Period podcast by “ladybits scientist” Kate Clancy. It’s described as “a podcast where we explore anything and everything to do with the menstrual cycle, most especially the bloody […]

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