Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 2 Newsletter

Close up of an empty spider web.
I’ve converted the curriculum for the second week of this info literacy learning community covering web literacy into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Web literacy is often the most valuable skill when recognizing fake news. Since most of fake news is easily propagated across […]

Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 1 Newsletter

Road construction signs that read
I’ve converted the curriculum for the first week of this info literacy learning community covering fake news into this newsletter. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure this week. Background Fake News existed well before the term was popularized. With the advent of digital technologies it has evolved to dominate online […]

The Gods of Norman

In my history of science survey, we talk about how ancient cosmologies reflect the geography of the people. Thus the Nile River civilizations believe in mostly benevolent gods that bring annual, predictable, life-giving floods. The Norse have more vengeful and terrifying gods reflecting their harsher geography. Cosmologies are thus often connected to the lived reality […]

The Pedestal in His Workshop

This past weekend, I began writing about my experience with a specific writing instructor. After reading Bonnie Nadzam’s “Experts in the Field” essay in Tin House on Saturday, I’ve chosen to publish this. After reading Bonnie’s essay, I can’t help but feel like I had a really good experience, even though it was terrible. Our […]

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Web Annotation With Hypothes.is In Canvas Training Session

Book pages being flipped through.
This post is being used to document and distribute materials associated with a training I’m giving at the University of Oklahoma, which covers collaborative web annotation as a tool for engaging students. “Writing in the margins” of books and journal articles (or any other texts) in collaboration with others is one way instructors seek to enhance … Continue reading Web Annotation With Hypothes.is In Canvas Training Session

Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica

Man writing with a pen on paper on a table.
One of the (many) side-projects that John and I have been working on is gamifying the writing process. In particular, we’re interested in gamification that seeks to reinforce and build good habits that yield efficient writing, research, and revision. This semester, the Writing Center on our campus engaged us in brainstorming the logistics, pedagogical implications, etc. … Continue reading Gamifying The Writing Process With Habitica

Team Learning: A Halo 2 Clan Story

This post was written by guest blogger Keegan Long-Wheeler and cross-posted from his blog, Keeganslw.com. Keegan is the educational technologist at the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Oklahoma and my collaborator on GOBLIN. My first experiences of online multiplayer gaming were dominated byHalo 2. This Xbox title was the most popular game of its time in my […]

Goblin as OER

While the thought of gamifying an entire class or even elements of a class will be daunting for many, GOBLIN also includes more universal and applicable concepts.  Well designed games introduce game mechanics and then increase the difficulty of tasks to encourage mastery of those mechanics.  They encourage team work, challenging players to combine the […]

A Brief History of GOBLIN Faculty Development

This post is written by guest blogger Keegan Long-Wheeler. Keegan is the educational technologist at the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Oklahoma and my collaborator on GOBLIN. The idea for GOBLIN originates from over a year ago when I (Keegan) was thinking about faculty and staff trainings that I wanted to develop. At […]

Embedding WordPress in D2L

One of the main limitations for learning management systems is that many are constructed as silos, hiding the course contents from anyone not enrolled in the class. This limitation encouraged me and many other instructors to turn to the web to publish syllabi and course contents in an attempt to open the academy to viewing […]