headshot of light-skinned man with dark, buzzed hair and close-trimmed salt-and-pepper beard wearing dark-green open-collared shirt standing in front of brick wall Chris Friend Listening & Learning Teacher, speaker, and podcaster specializing in introducing newcomers to conversations around education, writing, and technology. Learn More
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Hybrid Teaching: Pedagogy, People, Politics

Gathering the voices of over two dozen progressive educators, this volume combines perspectives from across academia and around the globe. The authors in this book use critical digital pedagogy as a guide for navigating today’s turbulent global political climate. Timely and accessible, Hybrid Teaching challenges higher education faculty and administrators to consider the political implications—and the political power—of teaching with technology.

Coordinated design of training programs, tailored to your audiences.

From curriculum planning to digital delivery, I’ll connect your brand, your content, and your learners

Curriculum Development

From program-level planning through course alignment and integration, I create cohesive educational experiences that are practical, targeted, and consistent. For example, I designed and branded a three-course writing sequence integrating two disparate sets of national standards (NCTE & CWPA), two sets of institutional standards, and fluid departmental expectations.

Professional Training

In business environments, I bring focus and consistency to the design and implementation of training programs, emphasizing practicality and understanding. For instance, I designed a three-course business-writing sequence tailored to government employees by adapting to organizational precedent, incorporating disciplinary best practices, and enhancing document cohesion.

Hybrid Learning Design

I apply best practices in digital education while maintaining a focus on human connection. My decades of physical and virtual classroom experience, plus my work facilitating conversation on Hybrid Pedagogy, make me a deliberative, conscientious educator concerned more with people than with content. I discuss this further in my book, Hybrid Teaching, available through booksellers or on Hybrid Pedagogy.

Digital Publishing

Beyond designing classroom training materials using productivity software, I used XeTeX to typeset Hybrid Teaching for print and ebook delivery, manage a WordPress multisite for class blogs and MOOCs, maintain the digital scholarly journal Hybrid Pedagogy on Ghost, and host Teacher of the Ear podcast on Anchor.fm.

My Occasional Blog Updates

Who determined that the fire extinguisher belonged here? Why?

Socially Determined Meaning

When you know something, how is that knowledge determined? In other words, how do you know that you know something? As you might expect, I assert that rhetoric plays a large role in the process of meaning creation and negotiation. I want to walk you through how it all works. But first, let’s see the...
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Twitter is Dead, Long Live the Twitter: Medium and the Extents of Rhetoric

McLuhan claimed that “the medium is the message.” This post explores how rhetoric influences mediums much like it applies to the messages they carry.
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When Admin Says “Jump”

Long after arriving at my current institution, I’ve heard some tenure & promotion details. I now know how high to jump, but questions remain.
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