Connective Tissue: Community in Online Courses and Spaces

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Four individuals with arms around each others backs, dressed in bright pink, purple, and red clothing.

Four individuals with arms around each others backs, dressed in bright pink, purple, and red clothing.
This post was written as an assignment for my graduate program. Specifically my course on Critical Digital Pedagogy (INTE 5360). I am reposting it here. When reflecting on positive experiences of community and belonging in academia, the following  are two examples that first come to mind. When I was nearing the end of my undergraduate […]

Two and a half years later

Stone archway through with you can see trees

Stone archway through with you can see trees
It’s been so long since I sat down to write a blog post. So much of my life is different; so much of the world is different. Also, I realized I skipped WordPress 5.0 entirely. Oh well, on to 6.0! My brain situation has improved over the last couple years. Checkups have been good and on June […]

Open Online Card Games – Epic Heroes Web App

Red headed lady at a coffee shop on her computer. She has tattoos and a big smile.

Red headed lady at a coffee shop on her computer. She has tattoos and a big smile.
Recently, I built a web app using WordPress and the Random Content plugin to convert the Epic Heroes card game into an open, online version that can be played synchronously over video chat or in person with out needing to print out the cards. You can see the web app by navigating to epicheroes.keeganslw.com on […]

A Multi-University Climate Course Connected By Centralized Discussion

Sunset showing wind turbines in frame

Sunset showing wind turbines in frame
Several weeks back I mentioned I was working on simple MOOC-like courses for instructors with specific grant requirements. They needed university students and public, openly-enrolled students to share course materials and the same discussion space. Having moved their course from a proprietary LMS (that offered this setup) into Canvas, it was time to see where this […]

Micro Fundraising for Brains and Beyond

People's hands in a circle. All have a blue support bracelet.

People's hands in a circle. All have a blue support bracelet.
My wife is currently raising money for Play To Beat Brain Cancer, which is a small 501(c)3 out of Kansas City that supports cancer centers and provides financial assistance to families that can’t afford treatment. I’m proud of my wife, she’s a rockstar. Being a recipient of donations myself, I love seeing her spend time paying it […]

Sharing My Sneaky Card

Blank playing cards sitting on a table.

Blank playing cards sitting on a table.
I’ve been thinking about large scale engagement of conference attendees and university communities. How do we encourage people to connect, try new things, and have fun in their community? How can this be achieved with minimal intrusion into daily life? What are the best strategies to involve diversity of people and personalities? Where are such […]

Establishing Epic Heroes


A women of color super hero, a meditating frog hovering with a head propeller, and a women of color elf with bow string drawn.

A women of color super hero, a meditating frog hovering with a head propeller, and a women of color elf with bow string drawn.
I developed a Storytelling Card Game for Online Learning Practitioners to play and consider their work and experiences through the lens of the Hero’s Journey. Holding a handful of cards, players are challenged to develop narratives describing their online learning experiences to share for group discussion. Goal of the Game Through prompted storytelling, this game guides players […]

Feeling Blessed And Loved, Even With Residual Tumor In My Head

Coral pattern underwater that looks like a brain.
Last week was a big week for me. I finally got the staples removed from my head! (Read more about this in my last post.) But more importantly, I got the pathology results from the neurosurgeon. My tumor was benign rather than malignant. That means I won’t have to receive radiation at this time. (WAHOO!) […]