Great lunch!

I visited a friend at the hospital today (surgery yesterday was more extensive than previously thought). She needs kinds thoughts and prayers sent her way. But that's not what this post is about... I thought I'd take a moment to say, the service, quality, and selection (as well as the price) at the hospital cafe is well worth driving there for lunch. Yup. You don't even have to be visiting someone. Get it to go... $4.62 for a great lunch ($1.25 for the bag of chips 1.5oz…

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Productivity

This article written as a companion/draft piece for ED650 post for week 2. I’m unpacking this assignment and I see that it is supposed to be both one page and two pages in length. I’m interpreting that to mean that I should include one page for my personal productivity applications and one for what I use in my professional life. Thankfully, the two overlap. While Evernote is not going to be for everyone, I want you to be aware that I use it where and how I can.…

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Active or Passive?

This post to serve as Weekly Writing #10 (Unit 6 Week 1)  This week's weekly writing challenge is just like trying out for Top Chef: daunting. "How many of the proposed tools are contextualized primarily for teacher presentation (passive learning)? Which have potential for active learning or afford students opportunity to display a product of their learning? Which of the tools have potential for developing or enhancing the community of learners? Which features most actively support learner engagement in a community? Post your preliminary conclusions in your weekly…

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Developing a Unit’s Curriculum Plan

This post to serve as Weekly Writing #8 (Unit 5 Week 1) In order to summarize--and reflect in a purpose-driven manner--on my curriculum plan it was essential to spend time doing the reading, writing up notes, drinking tea and thinking. I had a hard time focusing on how I might respond to the weekly writing prompt. Every time I thought I'd make notes for my submission my mind wandered to items like "how are you going to change your course to engage the student more, to ask the…

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When Working in the Open We Create a Better Product

This is to serve as Weekly Writing #9  (Unit 5 Week 2) This week's weekly writing centers on the idea of working in the open. "The idea of requiring students to present their work via the internet is often met with trepidation by educators. Which concerns are valid? Which are hype? What are the merits of having students present in a public space? In which circumstances do the advantages supersede the concerns? For your writing post this week, weigh the value against the danger of public homework and…

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Unit 4 Concept Map

https://mm.tt/439491301?t=ZDuWyXoNjb Your browser is not able to display frames. Please visit the mind map: CITS 222 Designing for a client on Mind Mapping - MindMeister. I've thought (for the last two semesters) that jQuery was just too advanced. Asking a student to download a library--minified or not--and then to upload that library, link to it, and properly perform function calls... it's a bit tricky. So, I do think that I can take the 20 point assignment that was jQuery tabs or accordion and replace that with a…

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An Even Twistier Path – Replacing the Text

Originally posted 7/25/2014 Weekly Writing for Online Pedagogy I'm stealing the fifth article review to go over an Open Source text resource: Flatworld. I have a new instructor who is not tied to the existing syllabus or old, very expensive, textbook that has been in use for this course. We've looked at a variety of resources to replace the text. I came across the following in the second chapter of an online text, Exploring Business, the BA 151 instructor will use for fall 2014: I've encouraged faculty to…

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You Can’t Go Home Again

Originally posted 5/29/2014 You can look on something anew, but it would not be with the eyes of a child. You can try to put yourself in someone's shoes, but ultimately when it comes to a teacher being taught, I'd say it depends on how long she's been teaching. I agree with Benander, "taking a class as a novice learner can be a valuable form of reflection on the teaching and learning interaction." (Benander, 2009, p. 36) However, seasoned faculty would find it difficult to take on…

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Go Back to Your Happy Place

Originally posted 6/10/2014 As an instructional designer I help faculty with their courses. The faculty member is the content expert; I'm a support person. I want to help them make the course easy to navigate, engaging to the student--learning can be fun--and, whenever possible, inspire or remind the teacher why he or she loves doing this. This last week, in part due to recent reading, I asked a faculty member to remember his favorite assignment from when he was in school. His face lit up immediately; he…

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Khan We Do It?

Originally posted 7/11/2014 I know much more about the Khan Academy {history, samples, growth} than I do peer instruction. However, I took the opportunity to sign up and log in versus just searching for one or two examples inside of the Khan Academy collection of resources. By doing so, I found that a few days later I was receiving emails that included inviting images. I pretty much felt compelled to follow the link provided in the email. Very welcoming. It was fun spending 5-10 minutes doing a…

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A brand new day

Yesterday I discovered a few problems with my WordPress accounts at FatCow. Last night I did a lot of clean up and some restoration. One of the things I blogged about was "it's a brand new day" and I remarked, tomorrow is a new day too. Basically, I said that because it was late. I wanted to go to sleep. Guess what? Not everything worked the way I wanted. So, today I blew it away again. Practice makes closer to perfect. That's going to have to do.…

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