Archive | February, 2016

The Deconstructed Dissertation

It’s been 17 days since I’ve successfully defended my dissertation.  Since then, I’ve made my edits, published the dissertation under a CC-BY-SA license on four platforms (ProQuest, the university repository, academia.edu, and my own website, although it’s not showing up on the first two yet),  presented at the AACU General Education and Assessment Meeting in New […]

Workflowy: A week with a new approach to the To Do list

I’m an organized person to the point of absurdity. I have no doubt that my funeral will involve a spreadsheet or two. Perhaps my unusual affinity for the ordered list  is one of the reasons that I am continually seeking out a more effective way to organize and track my projects and daily “to dos.” […]

Data-fueled Reflections

I’ve been frustrated this week with the limitations for analytics within the LMS I am currently using, Blackboard. I’ve previously used Moodle in teaching and was always pleased with its robust reporting on user activity, even if the level of granularity felt could be read as slightly Orwellian. I don’t believe in using metrics like […]

Data-fueled Reflections

I’ve been frustrated this week with the limitations for analytics within the LMS I am currently using, Blackboard. I’ve previously used Moodle in teaching and was always pleased with its robust reporting on user activity, even if the level of granularity felt could be read as slightly Orwellian. I don’t believe in using metrics like […]

Book Review Site via Angular and a Google Form

I had an interesting conversation with a pair of elementary school teachers. It led to me saying I’d put our two older kids on Good Reads in lieu of some less pleasant ways of documenting their reading. It’s not a place I’d necessarily drop a group of 3rd graders. As we spoke, I figured I […]

Filtering the My Sites List (Again)

I made a filter a while back to keep people who were associated with blogs through the bbpress/buddypress auto-enrollment feature from having tons of sites show up in their My Sites list. It was never a perfect solution and felt sloppy because it relied on having only one role and that role being bbp_participant. It […]

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

“I wear a stethoscope so that in a medical emergency I can teach people a valuable lesson about assumptions.” tags: assumptions weekly Like This So I Know I’m Real | Hazlitt “For my own peace of mind, I recently did a massive Twitter purge. Usually, this undertaking is a pragmatic one: A prioritization of voices […]

OLC Innovate: New Levels of Digital Participation

New Orleans at sunrise. I took this picture last week from the 12th floor of the hotel across the street from the OLC Innovate venue; I just happened to be at a conference in the same place.  The location is good, y’all, I promise. On April 20-22,  OLC-Innovate will be held in New Orleans on the […]

Critical Thinking in the Wild

Matthew Crawford wrote a book that I love: Shop Class for Soulcraft: An Inquiry into the Value of Work. In the spirit of this book, I wrote a post outlining a home improvement project I completed, which I conceptually applied to thinking about course design. The ideas and challenges embedded within works like Crawford’s can be […]

YouTube View Count to Tweet

I was just messing around a bit more with mashing up the YouTube API post from earlier with the Twitter post from earlier today. This Google Script will get the view count of a particular video (Gangnam Style) and send out the total views and the time elapsed watching the video (assuming I did the […]