Category: Weekly Writing

  • Love Your Data

    I’ve been a data geek for quite some time. Right now you cannot see it on my site so much because I have not been explicit about it. However, I will be filling in how data and I have been happily intertwined over the years. At UAF in 1993 I worked for Administrative Services as…

  • One perspective on Quality Matters course certifications

    We embraced Quality Matters (QM) as a framework for continuous improvement of online and blended courses just over four years ago. To get a faculty perspective I reached out to Gary Copus, professor emeritus, and asked him to share any highlights, benefits or challenges experienced as part of certifying three UAF Justice courses: Introduction to…

  • Digging Into Learner-Centered

    Examining How Learner-Centered Professional Development Influences Teachers’ Espoused and Enacted Practices Polly & Hannafin write extremely well. There are select items I particularly like about this article: the layout is clear, the type setting is much better than most I’ve seen. Of course this could be due to the Journal of Educational Research and not…

  • Quick communication with students

    Feedback Students should know whether they are on track. Many don’t. You can help. Seed your early feedback and scoring comments with phrases suggesting you want them to know what their goals are and you want them to know how to see your feedback. You may want them to open up an ongoing dialog with…

  • Three ways to set up your course more efficiently

    The semester is underway; a review of previous semesters may help you change your workflow now or prep for your next course. Here are my tips on setting expectations, managing your workflow and reusing layouts. Set expectations USE DUE DATES: As an instructional designer I encourage faculty to use due dates; students tend to work to…

  • Day 6: VLOOKUP & TRUE – oooh

    Coming back to The Google Sheets course… Just loved seeing the “precedence” drag and drop in the conditional formatting rules. While I don’t imagine when I’ll use it, I have often used VLookup in the past. Having the resulting table also include visual queues? A recipe for greatness!

  • Instant Pot

    So, I got a new kitchen toy in mid December. I’ve not used it anywhere near as much as I would like. This is a post to admit that, and to say … ONE TIME per month—at a minimum—I intend to try something new with it. What’s up for January? … Not quite sure –…

  • Getting serious about Twitter?

    Egads! I’m a professional. I’ve been online since (okay, I won’t say)… but in the five years I’ve had a Twitter account–the one I use, not the one I want–I’ve not tweeted *enough.* Enter IF THIS THEN THAT to the rescue. I most certainly have communicated a LOT and shared cool tools and how-tos via different…

  • a wee ditty

    A little too much chocolate, A little too much chai, A little too much shopping, My, oh my!

  • Baby quilt

    Get excited… I am. Blair of WiseCraft made a quilt out of Aedan’s clothes. I haven’t seen the pictures yet – the quilt is in Portland with the photographer. Here’s a quick shot of the clothes I sent for her to use. I’m the youngest of five children; my family and friends blessed me with…

  • Use Video to Capture Students’ Attention

    You may consider video difficult to get started with. Make your first video using tools you already have: Keynote (or PowerPoint) and QuickTime. Once you’re ready, upload your presentation to YouTube for easy sharing. Download PDF: TT-video-engagement “People react to well-crafted videos and audio with increased attention.”1 Using skills you have and software you most…

  • Robotics in the classroom

    Introduction We speak about today’s children growing up with technology, and yet this has been true for at least a generation. Younger and younger humans are being surrounded by devices that they may interact with or see others using on a daily basis. Unfortunately, we are still presented with high school students about to enter…