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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Curriculum design, instructional design, document design, or audio editing? Let’s get to work.

Career educator with broad design skills can strengthen your team, sharpen your brand, or shape your classes.

Curriculum Development

Created two week-long seminars on critical digital pedagogy for general audiences and for Digital Humanities. Iterated four complete FYC sequences incorporating NCTE standards & CWPA outcomes, two sets of institutional standards, and fluid departmental expectations.

Professional Training

Designed three-course sequence to teach business writing to government employees, adapting to organizational precedent and incorporating disciplinary best practices.

Hybrid Learning Design

Research-based and practical experience designing and facilitating hybrid courses from small seminars to MOOCs. Adapts course design to needs and expectations of participants as well as institutional technology standards.

Digital Publishing

Experience working with a variety of publication platforms, including building anthologies of student research papers in LaTeX, maintaining WordPress-based class blogs, creating a Ghost-based digital scholarly journal, and hosting a podcast on WordPress and SoundCloud.

Latest Updates

Snowflakes are pretty and all, but I like to romp about in the snowdrifts. Because, you know, I'm a generalist.

Being a Generalist in a World of Specialization

The world—especially the world of academia—expects specialized experts. I’m more of a generalist, with a wide set of shallow skills…rare and useful.
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This monkey must be grading papers. He looks bored enough.

Creating Assignments with Grading in Mind

Formulaic assignments may make grading superficially easier, but they become boring and dehumanizing. Assignments should be fun to grade.
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Watch this EV charge. Or maybe read this post while you wait?

How Long Does it Take (and How Much Does it Cost) to Charge a Tesla?

People often worry that charging an EV is difficult or expensive. Neither is true. There are more ways to charge an EV than to fuel a gas car.
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