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Ready?  Set?  GOogle!  Launchpads to Learning

Ready? Set? GOogle! Launchpads to Learning

In October, I shared ways to use Google Slides to support UDL and critical thinking.  Since then, Google Slides has become an essential instructional tool in my class sessions for disseminating content and facilitating student collaboration in physical and digital classrooms.   More than a presentation tool, Google Slides is a launchpad to learning, providing […]

Difficult Conversations: Connecting Across Difference

Difficult Conversations: Connecting Across Difference

Simone Weil (1909-1943) was a French philosopher, social and political activist, mystic and teacher. In Waiting for God, she wrote: “The capacity to give one’s attention to a sufferer is a very rare and difficult thing; it is almost a miracle; it is a miracle. Nearly all those who think they have this capacity do not possess […]

Writing to Learn Workshop

Writing to Learn Workshop

This semester, I was asked by the Teaching and Learning Innovations team to develop a workshop for faculty centered on the teaching of writing. As Composition Director at CI, I engage in several conversations with faculty across campus about the challenges they face in assigning and responding to student writing. I relish being part of […]

What is Open? Affordability, OER, and Open Pedagogy

What is Open? Affordability, OER, and Open Pedagogy

    Aligning with openCI efforts, we recently attended the openEd conference in Richmond, Virginia to gain a deeper understanding about the advances and innovative practices being made around Open Educational Resources. According to UNESCO, “Open Educational Resources are educational materials in the public domain or introduced with a public license” (UNESCO, 2012). To help […]

Academic Reading: Not Sexy, But Essential

Academic Reading: Not Sexy, But Essential

I have a not-so-hidden agenda that every class should be a reading class, that every class should focus students on how to access material in a particular discipline. While I have to admit that it is more stimulating to develop a good lecture or plan an engaging activity, these tasks often depend on a (generally […]

Ready, Set, GOogle!  Design with Engagement in Mind:  Curate Critical Thinking With Google Slides (2 of 2 Posts)

Ready, Set, GOogle! Design with Engagement in Mind: Curate Critical Thinking With Google Slides (2 of 2 Posts)

Installment 2: Welcome back!  Yesterday, I compared two uses of Google Slides in support of UDL and the impact on Student Engagement and Critical Thinking.  Now consider engaging students through  the curation of a Collaborative Question and Answer slide presentation. Google Slide Use #2: Online Presentation with Student Contributions UDL Principles:  Multiple Means of Representation, […]

Ready, Set, GOogle!  Design with Engagement in Mind:  Curate Critical Thinking with Google Slides (1 of 2 Posts)

Ready, Set, GOogle! Design with Engagement in Mind: Curate Critical Thinking with Google Slides (1 of 2 Posts)

Installment 1:   Designing ‘Structure’ to Support  ALL Learners:   Universal Design For Learning (UDL) stems from architecture, in which buildings and infrastructure were designed to reflect the needs of all individuals from accessing curb, sidewalk, or building.  Likewise, instructors must design  content sensitive to the needs of all learners.   The 3 Main Principles of […]

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