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Making Sense of Blog Post Content Data? My Own Spanner Found in the Bottom of the Toolbox

For the obviously obvious statement, WordPress is built on a database. The question is, besides data like visitor counts, what can you infer from the data in the posts and metadata itself? The question was swirling in preparation for a research interview I did today with David Porter and Valerie Lopes for the Ontario Extend project. My cartoon lightbulb went on over my head, thinking about that we have a blog syndication hub set up, and because of the way […]

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Physical therapy could lower need for opioids

Physical therapy could lower need for opioids, but lack of money and time are hurdles Physical therapists Steven Hunter and Laura Hayes teach an unidentified patient lumbar stabilization exercises at the Equal Access Clinic in Gainesville, Florida. Maria Belen Farias, UF Health Photography, CC BY-SA Mark Bishop, University of Florida Physical therapists help people walk again after a stroke and recover after injury or surgery, but did you know they also prevent exposure to opioids? This is timely, given we […]

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Considering knee surgery? Read this first

Considering knee surgery? Read this first MossStudio/Shutterstock.com Ewa M Roos, University of Southern Denmark Knee surgery is common. Young adults have their anterior cruciate ligament reconstructed after tearing it when playing sports. Middle-aged people have parts of their meniscus trimmed when they have pain and limited knee mobility. And older people have their knees replaced by metal and plastic when their cartilage has worn out. The idea that there is something mechanically wrong that needs to be fixed with orthopaedic […]

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Look Mom! I’m coding!

A million years ago, or 20 years ago that feels like a million, I quit my day job and joined a computer consulting company as an associate. I loved working with the principle partner, Rick, The more challenging the project, the calmer he became. I learned that you can’t think through thorny problems or multiple steps if you are pissed off. Back then, you could still build and modify computers and if you didn’t know something, like html, you just […]

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Self-Care! Why is it so Important?

What exactly is Self-Care and Why is it so Critical?We all get feeling overwhelmed whether it’s due to work, school or just life in general. We’ve all been faced with deadlines that seem almost impossible to meet and on top of that our calendars (which seems almost impossible to even look at) are always full of things that should have been done a week ago).When we get overwhelmed, a lot of us (including me) tend to forget about the most […]

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Scholarly Reflection

Photo by Cédric Servay on Unsplash I found it really difficult to get started with the Scholar module. I had heard of SoTL in the past and had explored some aspects of it through reading and research. I liked the idea of some systematic approach to trying to improve some aspect of your practice and following that up to  see if it actually worked. I would describe the approach as a spiral that may loop around but does represent movement forward. Articulating a […]

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Dilemmas with the Scholar Module

AHHHHHH! I want to scream out the backdoor and shake my fist in the air!! Maybe it is just me but the Scholar Module is tough! Actually, wait, it is just me!! Please, other Extenders, do not give up on the Scholar Module because I am having a tough time getting my head around it. Here’s why: As a faculty member who has working exclusively in Student Services for the past 11 years (in August), I don’t have a course […]

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Working through SoTL questions

Continuing my quest to complete the Ontario Extend Scholar module, I am adding my responses to SoTL research planning questions here: Plan for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Project Research Question(s) How can I increase the number of tutors who use a modelling approach when tutoring students in Math. Will adjusting the present Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) model to Model-Coach-Fade (MCF) increase tutors’ understanding of the approach? Will adding a role modeling exercise during training increase tutors’ comfort levels […]

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Ideating for July’s @ontarioextend Domain Camp

It’s way late in the day before a long weekend, but just to jog some notes down to pick up next week. Besides spawning an Ontario Extend Daily Extend challenge for July I have more plans for the month. Participants in the first cohort training were set up with web domains with Reclaim Hosting sponsored by the project. It was a lot of things covered in the face to face sessions, and we just barely got into the essentials of […]

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