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Using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs in Class

I have a policy with students about using old research and ideas. I want them to look at what has been happening with the issues they are writing about using articles and other media that are roughly no more than … Continue reading

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What Should a Post-Facebook World Look Like?

Facebook was not the first alarm that ever went off for me around corporate involvement with technology, and I know that I am not alone in that. We all pretty much guessed that it was a compromise. It is no … Continue reading

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Reading Apprenticeship in Renton

Last weekend I spent time at the Metacognition and Mindfulness: the Fourth Annual Reading Apprenticeship Conference. I am going to break this experience up into a couple of separate posts because even though the conference was only a day and … Continue reading

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Making Connections with Afghanistan in Kent

We had Emily Campbell’s ESOL class join my class today to discuss Afghanistan. I had a serendipitous meeting that took all of four minutes in the copy room – I mentioned that my students were working on a paper about … Continue reading

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Tips for New Teachers?

I would not have made it in my first year as a teacher without the generosity and collegiality of the more experienced instructors I had the privilege of working with. I uses to begin each year with a posting on … Continue reading

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Open Education for a Better World

I am excited about this and have volunteered to be a course mentor. Whenever someone hears me talking about OER coming from the community rather than a publisher, this is what I mean: the University of Nova Gorica and UNESCO … Continue reading

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MOOCs, Student Success, and Instructional Design

One of the common problems with online learning and MOOCs is student success and retention. Traditionally, there is a large gap between the success and retention rates of face-to-face and online courses. Just as some students need help in understanding … Continue reading

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Online Learning Efficacy Research Database

One of the challenges with working with faculty new to online teaching and learning is helping them to understand that learning modality (online or off) is not a factor in student success. Oregon State University is meeting this challenge with … Continue reading

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Why Open Matters

For myself, “open” covers open pedagogy, open education resources, and open textbooks. I think open education is one of the most significant things to hit education in 500 years – probably since the invention or the wide-spread use of cheap … Continue reading

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Betsy DeVos Cancels Solar Eclipse

I don’t know if you have gotten this letter yet. Seems a little strange to me but I guess that is where we are now:  August 16, 2017 Dear Fellow Educator, I am writing this letter to announce that the … Continue reading

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