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Joe Murphy

Creative Syllabuses - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    A fascinating walk through interesting syllabi (and isn't that still the preferred plural?) From conventional documents with interesting tweaks, to Prezi presentations, to a "fold-your-own quarto", lots of experimenting going on.
Joe Murphy

Learning to "light out after it with a club": The story of a faculty learning community... - 0 views

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    A Faculty Learning Community is a cros-disciplinary group of faculty who meet to investigate a common topic of interest in teaching and learning (or the conduct of scholarship more broadly). This article discusses the involvement of a librarian as facilitator to an FLC on scholarly writing.
Joe Murphy

Studying Instead of Sleeping Bites Students: Scientific American Podcast - 3 views

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    Recent research suggests that an irregular and inadequate sleep schedule makes learning new concepts the next day significantly harder.
Joe Murphy

What a Tech Start-Up's Data Say About What Works in Classroom Forums - 0 views

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    Analysis of discussions on a site called Piazza suggest that requiring students to post an introduction can improve the amount of discussion on the boards, while heavily-graded discussions can lead students to "grind for grades" instead of authentically participate.
Joe Murphy

RAIL: Recipes for Advancing Information Literacy - 1 views

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    By building an open, multi-disciplinary collection of SMART recipes (Simple, Modular, Assessable, Reproducible,and Tested) that could be integrated into any curriculum, we intend to bring information literacy to the forefront of liberal arts education.
Joe Murphy

Finding Capacity in Digital Humanities at Liberal Arts Colleges - 0 views

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    This seems very much like the kinds of questions we're facing at Kenyon.
Joe Murphy

Best Practices for Laptops in the Classroom - 2 views

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    Gadget use is an etiquette issue to be addressed formally in the syllabus. This article (and the links in it) have some interesting suggestions. Perhaps the most intriguing idea to me is the "laptop-free zone" of seating - I've noticed that I can be as distracted by the person a row or two ahead of me checking email (or worse) as by the urge to check my own.
Joe Murphy

A Moodle 2 version of the Moodle Tool Guide - 1 views

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    This chart provides an interesting way of thinking about the tools included in Moodle - for each tool it briefly describes what it is, how hard it is to set up, and whether you can transfer information, assess performance, communicate, or co-create in it. We will be upgrading to Moodle 2 this summer.
Joe Murphy

American Anthropology Association Teaching Materials Exchange - Syllabi - 0 views

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    The American Anthropological Association has a "Teaching Materials Exchange" which faculty can use to submit syllabi, lesson plans, activities, and assignments. Some materials are relevant to other disciplines (or interdisciplinary/cross-disciplinary approaches). If your professional association has such a resource, please let the CIP know.
Joe Murphy

The Grounded Curriculum - Advice - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 0 views

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    A proposal that college curricula should more fully and more intentionally take advantage of the college's physical locations and the moment in time. What surprises me is how relatively easy to incorporate some of the ideas seem.
Joe Murphy

From the Vault: What To Do When Your Course Management System Goes Down - ProfHacker - ... - 1 views

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    Not every word of this article applies to Kenyon, and but there is a lot of good advice. We could generate a related set of suggestions by pondering what to do in case Moodle is up but there's an extended power outage in your classroom, office, and/or home.
Joe Murphy

Syllabus - 0 views

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    Billed as the first peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the writing (and sharing) of excellent syllabi, this is an interesting approach to the teaching commons. Is this a viable approach to the twin problems that many syllabi have moved off professors' web pages and into the Learning Management System (a.k.a. Moodle), and that those syllabi which are on the web haven't been peer reviewed?
Joe Murphy

Using Xtranormal Against Straw Men - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    Xtranormal is an online service which creates animated videos based on your script. In this Chronicle article, the author describes using this approach to help students learn to write arguments by assigning the sides to animated characters.
Joe Murphy

Grading with Voice on an iPad - ProfHacker - The Chronicle of Higher Education - 1 views

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    Lots of people at Kenyon use Word's Track Changes or Turnitin's GradeMark. This post talks about ways to attach verbal comments to a document. (This idea is used by some language profs, as a way to get students some listening practice at the same time they're working on a written project.)
Eric Holdener

Teaching & Learning - Five Habits-Easy but Often Neglected Practices That Improve Outco... - 2 views

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    These really are easy habits, and I have employed most of them in my classes over the years. Of course, some are easier to pull off than others! Habit number 3 reminded me of something from my grad school days to the point that I felt compelled to post the very first comment.
Joe Murphy

Flip This: Bloom's Taxonomy Should Start with Creating | MindShift - 1 views

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    Shelly Wright argues that Bloom's taxonomy of learning domains is most effective when considered in reverse order.
Joe Murphy

Critical Incident Questionnaire - 0 views

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    An interesting take on a "course evaluation" form, with extensive supporting research.
Joe Murphy

The GSU decision - not an easy road for anyone | Scholarly Communications @ Duke - 0 views

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    The judge's decision in the copyright suit by publishers against Georgia State University has significant areas which need clarification, and it uses a mechanical principle for determining the amount of a work which can be copied as fair use, but it is generally a pro-education ruling. Of course, it will probably be appealed.
Joe Murphy

New York City Sets Social Media Rules for Teachers - NYTimes.com - 0 views

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    The specific rules presented here are most applicable to K-12 institutions. Still, it's an interesting example of the kind of thinking involved for anyone's social media presence.
Joe Murphy

Top 10 Things Every Presenter Needs To Know: #6 - People Need To Feel Safe To Participa... - 2 views

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    At the recent NITLE Symposium, Dan Cohen criticized the fact that the average academic conference is a "lean back" experience (i.e. sit back in your chair and let the information wash over you) as opposed to a "lean forward" experience (i.e. be on the edge of your chair, interacting with the speaker and other attendees).

    This post takes musician Bobby McFerrin as an example of a speaker who can get an audience to "lean forward." Given that McFerrin's specific decisions are most appropriate to the performing arts, what could we learn (and teach students) about the principles which this author draws out of his technique?
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