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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 […]

I am a Human Professor

I am a Human Professor

While robotic technology is astounding these days, most robots are still programmed and continue to lack their own emotions and spontaneity. I entered into teaching as a robot. I lacked emotions. One of the first courses I ever taught was an online, undergraduate statistics course with over 200 students at the R1 (research intensive) university where I received my PhD. It was […]

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 […]

A Little Inspiration

A Little Inspiration

This week, I was honored when one of my CI colleagues, Safa Khan, gave a fabulous little book, “Together is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration” by Simon Sinek. This book is about teams, leadership, goals, and innovation. The following quotes helped me get up and get going today. They helped me go back to […]

Thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Thank you Michelle Pacansky-Brock

Dear Colleagues It is with mixed emotions that I write this post and share that Michelle Pacansky-Brock has decided to leave CI. Michelle has accepted a new position as Faculty Mentor, Digital Innovation with the California Community College system. She will be coordinating professional development efforts related to emerging technologies in online teaching and learning […]

HumanizED Podcast

HumanizED Podcast

Announcing the HumanizED Podcast Teaching & Learning Innovations at CI is proud to introduce the launch of the HumanizED podcast. This podcast hosted by Michelle Pacansky-Brock, tells the stories of diverse students and those who serve them. The episodes will delve into provocative topics and unveil marginalized voices, in hopes of fostering connection and empathy through […]

Using a Student Response System to Increase Engagement

Using a Student Response System to Increase Engagement

Ever wonder how many of your students are grasping content as it is currently being delivered?  In looking over the sea of students in the classroom, I notice a vast collection of electronic devices – cell phones, tablets, and laptop computers.  Learning tied to technology could make a connection to not only content, but also […]

Humanizing Online Learning – Version 2.0

Humanizing Online Learning – Version 2.0

This post was first published at brocansky.com and is being republished here to share with the broader teaching and learning community at CI. Back in 2014, I wrote about an online faculty development course titled “How to Humanize Your Online Class,” which I designed for faculty at CI.  And in 2015, I wrote about how the class […]

The Vulnerable Professor

The Vulnerable Professor

Recently, I’ve been examining Brené Brown’s research about vulnerability and it’s really got me thinking about what it means to college and university professors, as well as how it may be acting as a barrier to innovation. I suspect that vulnerability may seem like a strange topic to many of you. However, my experiences, which I share below, […]

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