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Dissertation in a new(ish) medium

I first encountered Nick Sousanis’ dissertation project as a poster at the Fourth International Illustration Symposium in Oxford (UK) in 2013. It stood it to me because (a) it was one of the only posters that relied on illustration to convey … Continue reading

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A question for future instructors

What do you plan to do so your teaching never gets stale? Or. Is teaching necessarily reinvention, semester after semester? Does student centered learning require the instructor to work to maintain relevance?

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PBL in the Humanities?

What does problem-based learning look like in a humanities course? More specifically, what does a syllabus for a PBL humanities course look like? Is it a series of questions that the class will tackle over the course of the semester? Is … Continue reading

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Over Reliance on Technology?

Nicholas Carr is a worrywart. His critique of Socrates can be applied directly to his own worries about the internet: “He couldn’t foresee the many ways…” Just as Socrates feared that writing might supplant mental knowledge, and Renaissance humanists feared that printed books … Continue reading

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Teaching Philosophies

A statement that demonstrates how I teach is a difficult thing to draft. I want it to be clear, precise, showing (and not telling), meaningful, and, above all, accurate. Is this possible? For me, the most difficult part is ensuring … Continue reading

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Ethics and Trigger Warnings

Empathy is the core of Parker Palmer’s “A New Professional: The Aims of Education Revisited.” Empathy is a difficult thing to teach. It is far easier to model. But it is difficult to be explicit about how we approach our … Continue reading

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Who Are the Knowers?

Knowledge is constantly created and recreated. Nobody can know everything, as the corpus of knowledge is always in flux. How, then, can we go about providing any sort of comprehensive education? Simply, we can’t. Instead, we have to be learners … Continue reading

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Human-Centered Learning

When we talk about student-centered learning and diversity, some people feel left out of the conversation. Frequently, those who feel left out are ones who have gotten through education without much concern. That is, they don’t experience negative stereotyping, or … Continue reading

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Twitter and Being Tech-Savvy

Last week, I posted a deliberately provocative tweet: It linked to this article: “Why Twitter and Facebook Are Not Good Instructional Tools.” I’ve never used Twitter or Facebook in a classroom setting, and I’ve never been in a class that’s … Continue reading

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Joining the Mobile Digital Age

Tonight is the last night before I have a smartphone. Tomorrow, I will be getting not only my first smartphone, but my first touchscreen mobile device. I’ve resisted thus far, but the difference between basic phones and smartphones is financially … Continue reading

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