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Kick Out The Jams!

Kick Out The Jams!

“Even more important than any specific bits of advance information, however, is the habit of anticipation. This conditioned ability to look ahead plays  a key role in adaptation” -Alvin Toffler. Future Shock (1970) About two weeks ago, I started to train for an Xterra trail race in Malibu Creek Park (too shy to share the […]

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 […]

Composing Community: the Evolution and Adaptation of CSUCI’s Composition Program

Composing Community: the Evolution and Adaptation of CSUCI’s Composition Program

I joined CSUCI’s innovative first year composition program in the fall of 2005, just two years after the campus began welcoming first year students. Our students were taught by six full-time faculty committed to doing things differently. That included never offering remedial writing courses and working as a team to develop curriculum and assess the […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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