By

Chris Friend
a pair of pink and white boxing gloves lie on a concrete surface
A brilliant online ad for the current administration's re-election bid highlights the reality of how ill-prepared the Democrats are to win the coming fight.
On the wall, a mural depicts a boat tossed by waves, struggling to lay anchor. In the front, a bold red couch rests comfortably, welcoming contemplation.
The Intro course at Digital Pedagogy Lab 2020 will ask participants to consider pedagogy through critical, humanist, adaptive lenses. Here’s our approach.
On a rope bridge, how solid are the sides? How constrained is the hiker? How important is the connection? Why use a rope bridge anyway?
Listing references at the end of a printed text no longer makes sense in a world of digital media. Here's how to re-imagine references that work everywhere.
It was a dark and story night… No, really. It was a dark and stormy night, and some photographer snapped a pic of it.
What made me do the unthinkable and empty out twelve years of content from my Facebook profile? Or maybe, why did I wait so long to purge? Here’s why.
A row of pretty much identical black clothes hangs on a a rod. Gosh, which one should I pick this time?
When the world’s falling apart, picking up the pieces takes effort. Starting from scratch helps us stay fresh and vibrant.
Offerings from morning prayers remain in the temple at Changu Narayan, Nepal.
Being honestly grateful considers the circumstances that led to a beneficial situation and questions how we might lift others up to privilege, as well.
a table stands empty, rolled napkins at the ready, should anyone call on its services
The disruption to life & livelihood brought on by the global pandemic wreaks havoc with students' well-being. How can we use our presence to stay connected?
Miniature people moving about around the façade of an old stone building. What significance does the building now hold?
This global pandemic changes the way we work, socialize, teach, and take action. In response, our classes must prioritize social good over individuation.
A chameleon—or is it a student?—asks how it might help us.
College freshmen search for ways they can belong. Our FYC courses should help them find groups and fit in.
compass etched into stone
We often expect students to sit in discomfort as they learn. How can educators use their own discomfort as opportunities for resistance?
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About Me

Hi! I’m Chris Friend — a teacher, speaker, and podcaster specializing in introducing newcomers to conversations around education, writing, and technology.

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