I recently attended the Educational Technology Organization of Michigan (ETOM) Fall Conference held at Mid Michigan Community College in Mt. Pleasant. The keynote speaker was Dr. Karen Swan, the Stukel Professor of Educational Research and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning, Research and Service (COLRS) at the University of Illinois Springfield. Dr. Swan… Continue Reading Improving Social Presence in Online Learning
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If you aren’t closely involved with a college student who is far from home, that might seem like a funny topic for a teaching blog. However, that’s not a rhetorical question. Semester after semester, I have my students create a blog. Their first entry includes a short bio and video sharing something they love to… Continue Reading Have you Facetimed your pet lately?
Do you remember how you felt about your favorite college professors–the one whose name you looked for when it came time to sign up for classes, the one whose teaching precipitated one of those sea changes in thinking that happen to college freshmen? I’ve had professors whose every word seemed brilliant and life-changing when I… Continue Reading Long Night Against PROCRASTINATION is Back
8:30 pm is the time I typically stop doing ‘work-related’ stuff. This isn’t just grading, but this is often the monster load of it. I find myself researching topics related to class content, reading updates that are related to my field, answering the never-ending flood of emails, working on projects that are happening this semester… Continue Reading 24-hour Job
Driving to work and my mind is full with a running list of worries of ‘what if’s.’ It’s my second time around of doing a ‘three-way cross-disciplinary experiential project’ of participating in the National Homeless and Hunger Awareness Project. I am concerned about all the busyness of the project such as deadlines, the grading, and… Continue Reading HH2 Awareness Project