Category Archives for Education

How It Feels When an Online Instructor Is Absent

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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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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’

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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

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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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What does “Open” Mean?

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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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On Institutions and “What If?”

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Last week MUIH – my institution – circulated a dress code policy* for our student & faculty clinic that was racist and misogynistic, among other things. When I read it after a friend posted it on social media, I thought it must be satire. “Conservative headwraps to contain and cover dreadlocks are required.” “Cleavage is […]

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Tools & Technology in my Courses

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At the end of last trimester, a student sent me the following question:  One of the things I noticed about this course is that you seem to have a great grasp of different apps and sites for creating content. Somewhere in the back of my head I seem to remember you talking about certain sites […]

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Why I turned off TurnItIn

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Now that the dust has settled after our conversion to the Canvas LMS, I’ve had a bit more time to look around and see where we’ve landed. I’ve been meaning to look into TurnItIn more closely for several months. Although TurnItIn offers a variety of editing and revision options, I am discussing it here as […]

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Required Reading

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On Required ReadingI was scrolling through twitter this evening and came across these two tweets from @Jessifer:My anecdotal experience: the less reading I “require,” the more reading students do.— Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) July 18, 2016 How can we create spaces where “doing the reading” feels intrinsically valuable?— Jesse Stommel (@Jessifer) July 18, 2016 I’ve […]

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HAPS Conference, part 1

I attended the Human Anatomy and Physiology Society’s annual conference in Atlanta a few weeks ago. I’ve written up a few of the highlights from my conference experience below.  Overall, it was probably the friendliest conference I’ve ever attended. There was a “first timer’s breakfast” to help get to know others, a “first timer” badge […]

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