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Tools for Being a Warm Demander

Tools for Being a Warm Demander

One of the aspects of teaching in the world’s largest public university system that I love the most is the CSU’s bone-deep commitment to an equitable education for all. While most of us can point to a seemingly tone-deaf initiative or two, at its core, the CSU was created to be the people’s university. For […]

Nurture that Spark: Advice for Career Longevity

Nurture that Spark: Advice for Career Longevity

It’s April. It’s possible that you’re excited about your teaching or scholarship, but probably, you’re tired. If you’re like me, you’re a bit cranky.  And what if this is the “April” of your academic career? There’s some decent time left before retirement—5 or even 10 years remaining—but there’s also potential for ennui or a sense […]

Teaching, Inquiry, and Technology

Teaching, Inquiry, and Technology

MOOC mania is toast. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) were expected to fundamentally change higher education. Clarissa Shen, Vice President of MOOC giant Udacity, recently conceded that MOOCs “are dead.” In their salad days, MOOCs would deliver the lectures of the “best faculty” to campuses around the US and the world. University administrators salivated at […]

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 […]

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 […]

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