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9x9x25 Challenge: Finding Order in Chaos

I don’t want to say I’m the typical professor (heck, I have an entire podcast devoted to exploring just what the heck that means) but I certainly do occasionally resemble the clichéd absent-minded professor. Remember: good thoughts are clear thoughts and that’s much harder than it sounds when your job is to think about so much, so often, for so long. To put it simply, we have a lot of stuff in our heads. In my experience, one of the […]

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October Squad Ghouls Network Take-Over: Postmortem

Well, it wasn’t as scary as I thought it would be. It was also quieter than I’d expected. For the month of October I was tasked with running the social media for the Squad Goals Network, a collective of pure academic and collaborative brilliance, of which I am honored to be a part. And you know what? I had a pretty good time. That said, let’s talk about it a bit. My basic theme for the month was fear. Partly […]

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October 2018 SGN Social Media Takeover

I’m taking over the social media accounts for the Squad Goals Network this month and it’s gonna get spooky. As such, I wanted to share a little bit about the concept, the process, the expectations, and the theme of the month. The sheer organization, thoughtfulness, and inclusion of last month’s takeover by Angela Gunder means there are some pretty high standards for this month. That was in part the reason for this month’s theme: fear. Fun theme, right? Right? I […]

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Perspective on Diversity and Inclusion Speaker Series: Faculty Fellows

Established in 1984, the Faculty Fellows consists of 60 exceptional faculty members who bring the feel of a small liberal arts college to a large, Research I university. With backgrounds ranging from Aerospace & Mechanical Engineering to Gender & Women’s Studies, there is one thing that all Faculty Fellows have in common – an unwavering commitment to student success. Each fellow is assigned to one of 44 sites on campus including residence halls, cultural centers, and Arizona Athletics. Spending dedicated […]

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Read, Watch, Woof

I have a newsletter: Read, Watch, Woof! RWW goes out Fridays on TNP off-weeks. It consists, as you may have gathered from the title, a little bit of personal-ish writing by me (also featured here), an interesting and entertaining video to watch, and a picture of one (or more) of our dogs. Enjoy! (And don’t worry, I won’t give away your email address or spam you. Promise.) Enter your email addresspowered by TinyLetter

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Evidence

I’ve decided to start placing the Read portion of the Read, Watch, Woof newsletters in the blog. So, while you can get the writing part of it, you’ll miss the dogs and the video if you’re not signed up. Jus’ sayin’. So here’s a piece about evidence and being willing to change your mind. It’s the first week of fall semester and there is much going on, as you can imagine. I know some of you dear readers are in […]

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Squad Goals network

The Squad Goals Network is a collection of like-minded teachers, designers, and researchers that get together to gab, think of innovative ways to bring technology and collaboration into higher education and K-12, and just generally have a good time. We try to uphold and demonstrate our principles through support and collaborative work. Visit the Squad Goals Network to learn more.

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Educated vs Intelligent

“Nell,” the Constable continued, indicating through his tone of voice that the lesson was concluding, “the difference between ignorant and educated people is that the latter know more facts. But that has nothing to do with whether they are stupid or intelligent. The difference between stupid and intelligent people — and this is true whether or not they are well-educated — is that intelligent people can handle subtlety. They are not baffled by ambiguous or even contradictory situations — in […]

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