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12 Oct 2020
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.
06 Oct 2020
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.
27 Sep 2020
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.
24 Sep 2020
Teaching in Higher Ed: My Third Recommendation
In the era of complex LMS walled gardens and online productivity suites, using an .htaccess file simplifies access to resources. Here’s how.
21 Sep 2020
On Whimsy and Other Essentials: A Story in Three Acts
Over-designed courses can feel too mechanized or standardized, failing to consider human differences. We need more whimsy in education.
10 Sep 2020
Hello, Acronym-Filled World: Playing with PHP + APIs
To improve my coding skills, I set myself a challenge: Get my website to present data gathered from external API calls. Here’s how I made it work.
05 Sep 2020
The Psychology of an Election
The 2016 election punished progressive voters in two ways, reducing the likelihood that they'll return in 2020. We're fighting psychology. Here's how operant-conditioning suggests November will not go well.
28 Aug 2020
Flexibility: Starting the Semester with a U-Turn
After an abysmal first day of class, I retooled and approached the second day with completely different priorities. This semester tests our ability to be flexible.
25 Aug 2020
For the Want of a Reviewer
Reviewer selection for Hybrid Pedagogy presents personnel challenges. I look for these 5 traits in reviewers and 4 characteristics in the board.