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Re- , since my first one was over a year and two careers ago. I'm an instructional technology consultant at a Big 10 school. I started 2 weeks ago & I love it so far- it's a tech team full of humanities people.

My MS is in library science, MEd in curriculum & instruction, BA is English and Journalism. I've worked in public and academic libraries lately and spent 12 years teaching high school English and journalism. Married to a sociologist and have a 9 year old and a 13 year old.

I'm training a few people tomorrow and I'm both nervous and PSYCHED. I've been doing clicker training so far, and it's technology I can see the usefulness of, but I'm not sure I'd use myself, really depending. But this is one I love and would have found really useful - I created a lot of materials myself when I did teach, and I love the option to easily print.

Fun with - we had a flurry of professors request them last week, and then the library announced who had gotten grants to adapt or create textbooks and materials - I recognized a fair number of them from our requests. It's interesting to see how many specified in their descriptions how many weren't just replacing expensive textbooks with free ones, but how many were building better textbooks, or ones that didn't really exist.

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I'm interested in the the subject of green computing. Does anyone know of any resources I should check out?

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Also I'm not an instructional designer - it's not my job to tell people how to teach (and rightfully so) but I keep thinking this will work so much better if we focused on engaging the students who want to learn instead trapping the ones who want to skip and pass. The professors love geolocation-based attendance, and I'm imagining the expose in the student newspaper next fall. It sucks when students cheat the system, but its' not a system that's easy on them, either.

But it got me thinking of learners with high internal motivation - they care the way we say we wish students cared, but they care about their own agenda, not the person in front of the room. The professors are very concerned about using tech to force students to show up and participate without cheating the system - so how to deal with learners with low internal motivation. It's hitting me how different teaching students is from training professionals.

My trainings are on our new clicker system, and I did have one larger group last week - eight professors, and that was hard. We were warned this department has a lot of questions, only wants to know what relates to them specifically, and through the warnings I'm thinking sheepishly of my own behavior at some in-services. Teachers are the worst students.

I'm doing a training on Tuesday the mysteriously made the subject line on the campus wide newsletter. I've gotten really good at teaching 3-5 professors at a time, and do far I'm up to 12.

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my university counselor asked me for recommendations for trans literature to put in the counseling library

do you know any really good books about gender? please let me know!


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So if an instance (and adjacent friends) were to throw an online Zotero party, how would they make that work? Asking for a friend.

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My plans this week are to test out textbook creation/ modification on Pressbooks and Top Hat Textbook. Does anyone have suggestions for public domain or creative commons texts that would be good to play with - especially from you field, but fun ones, too? (broad definition of text - anything, any medium that might be useful in class or research). I've been using a couple 19th century cookbooks so far, but I'm hitting a point where I want to branch out beyond basic tests.

Big Data in the Cafeteria - nostalgia Show more

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I want to help with the follow up study about whether cars know their names where you see if cats recognize their nicknames in silly voices. Also can they tell the difference between their song and the dogs' song?

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Hey, people of Mastodon! One of my friends just failed a class (after working her ass off to pass it). She's feeling pretty low, and wondering what's going to be open to her now. I've reassured her that failure is not the end of the world, because I failed, but I'm not sure she believes me.

If you've ever failed at something, big or small, only to succeed later, would you mind sharing your story? I want to show her it's okay.

Boosts welcomed. Thank you!


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