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Repositioning the North Star

Repositioning the North Star

At Convocation, President Beck shared how the North Star guided her to safety.  I have to admit, in light of recent events, I have felt a bit lost. Classes are suspended.  Our hearts are broken. We want the best for our students emotionally and academically. How do we proceed? Wednesday morning, several of our Teaching […]

Trick or Treat?  What Course Review Is and Is Not

Trick or Treat? What Course Review Is and Is Not

What scares you? Really terrifies you? For me, it’s criticism. Recently I shared an online course with someone whose work I greatly respect and admire.  I moused over the ‘send’ button on the email, and literally paused. More terrifying than any B-Rated slasher flick, were the ‘What if’s’ that flooded my conscious: What if it’s […]

Wired for Presence: What’s in a Name?

Wired for Presence: What’s in a Name?

Welcome to my first installment of a monthly series, Wired for Presence.  High-touch humanized and connected course facilitation is essential in supporting positive student outcomes (course completion, grades, and student satisfaction) for historically underserved and socioeconomically disadvantaged students (Kaup, 2012; Jaggars & Xu, 2016).  However, balancing strong presence with a manageable instructor workload is of […]

Bring on the Dragons!

Bring on the Dragons!

HAIL Yes! Last week I had the unique opportunity to be a ‘fly’ on the wall at a gathering of some of the most forward thinking ‘rebels’ I have had the pleasure of meeting.  Participating in the event as an ‘outsider’ was akin to waiting on the other side of the velvet ropes at an […]

Pathways to Learning

Pathways to Learning

I have been immersed in online course development for almost a year.  My primary role is that of an Instructional Designer for the Collaborative Online Doctorate in Educational Leadership or CODEL, a fully online Ed.D. program facilitated by both Fresno State and CSUCI.  I work closely with each faculty member in the planning, design, creation, […]

EdPuzzle:  Make Any Video a Lesson

EdPuzzle: Make Any Video a Lesson

If a picture is worth a thousand words, what is the net worth of a video? With free video resources such as Youtube and the ease with which instructors can curate and create their own, augmenting  traditional print materials with video content in online, blended, and face-to-face classes is common practice. Videos have the capacity […]

Ready?  Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

Ready? Set? GOogle! Love at First SITE

New Google Sites enables the designer to make an aesthetically pleasing, informative, and custom website with ease. Why e-Portfolios? Employers want evidence of digital competency.  Providing a platform for students to create e-portfolios allows them to graduate with evidence of digital literacy and a professional website that can be linked to professional networks such as […]

Using Google Docs

Using Google Docs

Last week we explored the use of Google Apps for Education, specifically Google Docs, as a launchpad for critical thinking. Faculty from Mathematics, Nursing, and the School of Education attended. While our instructional disciplines are unique, the need to create learning experiences fostering critical thinking are one and the same. Google Docs allows students to engage […]

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