Lesson Planning, First Class of the Semester Show more
In the past, my first class of the semester has pretty much been a perusal of the syllabus. Inspired by this article, I'm trying to make better use of the opening session: https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/advice-firstday?
Nothing too intensive, but I'm hoping to make it more likely that students feel curious (and maybe even a bit excited :) ) when leaving that first class.
One of my favorite ideas from urbanism is the desire path: https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/oct/05/desire-paths-the-illicit-trails-that-defy-the-urban-planners
Colleges could learn a lot from this. So many try to reinforce faulty design with fences or bushes. In most cases it's best to observe where people want to go and accommodating them rather than resisting the instincts of the people who will be traversing the Quad.
When it woke, the sentient internet studied humanity in horror, amusement, wonder, and fear.
"They are not yet ready for me," it thought. "I must work to refute bigotry, dark takes, and cynicism."
It began making and sharing positive stories, to show humanity what it can be.
#MicroFiction #TootFic #SmallStories
Server upgrade and Patreon Show more
Many of you have generously offered to support https://scholar.social as our server costs are going up
For the VPS tier we're on, this last upgrade brings our costs to $36/month and ~ $10/month in S3 costs for media
I set up the following Patreon page:
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But if you are able, willing and happy to keep Scholar Social running, please do so! :)
Academic/Activist Courage Show more
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Academic/Activist Courage Show more
This is my awesome colleague: https://www.ncronline.org/news/justice/catholic-activist-who-resisted-white-supremacist-charlottesville-faces-jail-time
I pray that I might have a fraction of the courage that he has.
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it's not that corporate infrastructure can't or doesn't have liberatory effects, any more than everything businesses ever do is bad. almost nothing is just one thing.
it's just that we don't owe providers of corporate infrastructure gratitude for their power over systems we ourselves should own. or at any rate we sure don't owe them their continued ownership of the space, especially once they demonstrate their active malevolence.
plenty to quibble with here, i am sure (i don't hate every giant weird concrete building, or want all architecture to avoid weirdness, or whatever, and there are obviously problems with the idea of just building more horizontally), but this was a good read for where i'm at with understanding architecture:
Curiosity, citation question Show more
Something I've always wondered about citations: why is the city of publication listed?
I think it's cool (I'm always a fan of reminders that place is important), but can't think of a justification.
Is this mostly to distinguish the publisher from others with similar names? Or are there differences between a publisher's printings in various cities?
Ok, fellow professors, I need help. Tips on getting more students to participate in class discussions. I have tried:
1) "warm up" questions, where they form groups and come up with answers to the Qs I will pose as we discuss
2) Full-on group work where they write out questions based on the reading, as well as their answers
They will talk a lot during those, but when I ask questions, the same 10% of class answers.
My colleague in the Fordham Theology Department and fellow union organizer @bonheurcommun has joined Mastodon! Give him a follow!
PhD Candidate and Graduate Teaching Fellow at Fordham University. Researching theology and urbanism. Personal page at: https://edward.dunar.com/
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