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Bridging ideas across courses and disciplines? There’s a map for that!

Bridging ideas across courses and disciplines? There’s a map for that!

One of the biggest challenges in teaching social statistics is getting students to integrate materials from other classes while also incorporating statistics into their substantive courses. My sociology colleagues and I are constantly trying to move students beyond the “silo” mindset where statistics only exist in the statistics course and social theory only lives in […]

Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into Google Classroom

Out of Our Comfort Zone and Into Google Classroom

The Google Classroom environment offers easy access for teachers who wish to collaborate on the development instructional materials to be shared among colleagues. This increasingly pervasive virtual workspace offers a unique opportunity for teacher candidates to work together on the creation of materials which meet the needs of a variety of learners. The Read & […]

The Curious Case of Soaring Textbook Costs

The Curious Case of Soaring Textbook Costs

My grandpa always used to say: “Education is free for anyone who remains curious enough in life.” That might be true. Yet with today’s soaring textbook costs, higher education is anything but free for the average college student. There are hundreds of articles that detail how textbook prices have risen 3x and 4x the rate […]

Course Review: From One Educator to Another

Course Review: From One Educator to Another

When I first began teaching fully online courses about five years ago, I was lucky that I had some incredible colleagues that let me “borrow” activities, course organization, and other lived-and-learned lessons from their experiences teaching online. I also used our Teaching & Learning Innovations resources — I was part of the Summer 2014 Blended […]

Faculty Inquiry Projects

Faculty Inquiry Projects

  I am excited to announce our latest Faculty Development Effort- Faculty Inquiry Projects.  Faculty Inquiry Projects are “faculty communities” focused on particular questions around big ideas. Faculty communities will meet to discuss, problem solve, and share ideas focused on a set of questions that they agree to explore. Groups will meet 5 times throughout the semester […]

To Create or Cram

To Create or Cram

This vlog (video blog) describes how a Spark assignment can be used instead of a quiz or exam to engage students and check for understanding. Spark Paper Directions The Spark Assignment is designed to SPARK your mind. Through curation, collaboration, and creation explain your point of view, critical thoughts, and understanding of the material in […]

Growing open at CI

Growing open at CI

Growth, renewal, and positivity have been themes as we begin a new academic year at CI. Just last week I attended sixth grade orientation, where the team of teachers were stressing the importance of helping students to steer away from the fixed mindset of being a “math person” or a “non-math person”. In the fourth […]

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