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Colleges and Cafeterias

Colleges and Cafeterias

Almost everyone in America is familiar with the cafeteria. Hungry people move down the line, sliding their plastic tray and choosing from the various offerings what they want on their plate. Green beans or carrots? Potatoes or rice? Chicken? Lasagna? None of these dishes represents a nutritionally balanced meal. However, by the time one loads […]

A Free Lunch: CSU Channel Islands Offers the CSU’s First “Z-Majors”

A Free Lunch: CSU Channel Islands Offers the CSU’s First “Z-Majors”

Everyone knows: “There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”  But starting this Fall, there will be such a thing as textbook-free majors at CSU Channel Islands (CI).  And it couldn’t come at a better time for CI’s student body. Over the past three decades, textbook prices have outpaced inflation 3-to-1.  During this same […]

Bridging the Gap with Technology

Bridging the Gap with Technology

Fall 2017 was my first semester teaching at CI. Prior to joining the faculty here, my teaching experience was mostly in the online environment with graduate students. I thought that I was well prepared to teach an online upper division Health Science program course. I was wrong. Though the class was online, it was different […]

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 […]

Building Assignments in Canvas

Building Assignments in Canvas

“But I want my students to learn to keep their own calendars.  Auto-scheduling assignments for them doesn’t support this life skill.” This was a colleague’s comment earlier this year as I was touting the benefits of building assignments in Canvas.  She collects papers in hard copy and had planned to provide students with PDF assignments […]

Gracious Failure: Creating a safe place to fail using Game-Based Learning (GBL)

Gracious Failure: Creating a safe place to fail using Game-Based Learning (GBL)

It almost seems every class has one assignment that just doesn’t hit the mark quite satisfactorily somehow. Whether it is the classroom dynamics or the structure of the assignment, it just doesn’t work as we may have intended or expected. Indeed, as an instructor it is a struggle to find the right activity for your […]

Learning with Games

Learning with Games

I have been a gamer since I was 5 years old when I began to play the Nintendo NES. There were games like Super Mario Bros and Donkey Kong. The games did not have the most in depth story line, but I remember them all. I remember every time I failed a level and how […]

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 […]

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