I Want To Make The World A Better Place – #resbazOU Lightning Talk

I want to make the world a better place. How? I want to empower students to be reflective thinkers and critical creators. Because? I want students to make meaningful & positive contributions to this world. How can I support this? By making sure student experiences include these: Connect with people – (Be able to empathize […]

My #OLCInnovate 2017 Journey

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As I write my thoughts (a lot more than originally intended) on the plane home, I’m struck by the fact that my face is rather sore from laughing and smiling so much during #OLCInnovate. Not sure if this is any indication of the last several months or the sheer fun I had at #OLCInnovate? The … Continue reading My #OLCInnovate 2017 Journey

PAINTing the Canvas

March has been filled with GOBLINs (traditional and #netnarr surprises), preparing for #OLCInnovate, #Domains17, and planning a new training program called PAINT Canvas. For the last year that I’ve facilitated Canvas training, much of my energy has been spent on-boarding instructors into the new Canvas software while helping them think through how this impacts their course design. Canvas Camp is … Continue reading PAINTing the Canvas

Systems of Cost, Paying the Price – Ch 2 Reflection

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Although this chapter provided some much needed context for the broader case of improving how we financially supporting college students, I’m not one that needs much convincing. I understand the needs and have even benefited from many of the mentioned financial aid sources. My main takeaway from this chapter is how complex the systems currently … Continue reading Systems of Cost, Paying the Price – Ch 2 Reflection

Domains17 Conference Proposals

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I’m already anticipating the #Domains17 conference slated for June 5-6th this summer. Much of my excitement is a direct result of the folks who will attend this conference as #Domains17 will be bring together many of the minds focused on Domain of One’s Own (DoOO) projects and beyond. Individuals like Martha Burtis (headlining!), Jim Groom, Tim Owens, Adam … Continue reading Domains17 Conference Proposals

Academic Technology Expo 2017

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Friday, January 13th was the sixth annual Academic Technology Expo (ATE) at the University of Oklahoma. ATE is one of my favorite local conferences because there’s an emphasis on instructors presenting the tools they are using in their classrooms. This helps me gage and pursue various technologies and use cases that interest faculty. Not to mention, ATE … Continue reading Academic Technology Expo 2017

Our Most Important Canvas Training

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Last week was the 19th Canvas Camp hosted at the University of Oklahoma. Looking back on its evolution from May 2016 to today, the dozens of courses developed by participating instructors, and the feedback I’ve received, Canvas Camp is an ongoing success. Background Canvas Camp is intended to teach instructors how to use Canvas while they are producing their first … Continue reading Our Most Important Canvas Training

iPadPaloozaOU Reflections

Last week was the first iPadPaloozaOU! Thanks to my colleagues that facilitated this event, in particular Anne Beck for ensuring the conference was fun and engaging! Highlights Keynote speakers – Both Jessica Herring & Lisa Johnson gave excellent keynote addresses. Learning about Jessica’s curriculum to bring robots into her english class was fascinating. And Lisa’s … Continue reading iPadPaloozaOU Reflections

Canvas Training Roundup

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These last few weeks have been intense work-wise. I’ve been developing and hosting multiple Canvas courses for instructors at the University of Oklahoma. This has been especially nerve-racking because I am (also) learning how to effectively use the tool I am teaching. Fortunately, at the end of the week I will participate in official training from … Continue reading Canvas Training Roundup

A Brief History of GOBLIN Faculty Development

The idea for GOBLIN originates from over a year ago when I was thinking about faculty and staff trainings that I wanted to develop. At the time, I was looking to create professional development material around the idea: “What do games have to teach us about learning?” After finishing up development on similar projects, Mobile Blogging & … Continue reading A Brief History of GOBLIN Faculty Development