Tuesday, May 1, 2012

The end of another one...

Cadets of the Air Force Academy Class of 2003 ...
Cadets of the Air Force Academy Class of 2003 celebrate at graduation ceremonies on May 28, 2003 as the Air Force Thunderbirds fly overhead. The 974 students marked the academy's 45th graduating class. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
No not the end of another failed relationship, the end of the semester, silly.

I made it through, just barely this time. I think it was not taking any days during the Winter Break or during Spring Break so I could have a boat load of time off during the summer. Near the end there, I was dragging big time.

I had a Library Research Course to teach that got tacked on on short notice due to the Seniors realizing that they wouldn't graduate without it so a bunch signed up late. No sweat, I got it. That should be my mantra. When someone wants something done, they come to me and I say. "No sweat, I got it." Whatever happened to the days when I was viewed as a slacker? I mean wasn't that just like, yesterday or something? In any case, they needed, I said yes and the rest is history.

Now things will slow down a bit and I can get to work on my epic project of extraordinary magnitude, the flipped library instruction class. Time to get cracking on those videos but first I have to survive commencement with the projected thunderstorms and temps near 80.
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Thursday, March 15, 2012


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So I get this invite to serve on this committee-type project that is looking to assess students information literacy skills though their term papers. The term papers are referred to as, and I am not kidding here, "artifacts" and thus the Student Artifact Study (SAS) is born. This entailed grading papers just looking at the Information Literacy components of the papers, compiling the data, analysis and reporting of all this.

Once the report was done, and it wasn't all that easy to get everyone on board with the final product of the report, there comes word of an assessment, yes everyone in academia's favorite word, program that the university is putting together. It gets gently recommended to me that this would be a great venue for a junior faculty member, such as myself, to gain some campus wide exposure, so I get the hint and start formulating a plan for world domination. At least campus domination anyway.

So I get in touch with another junior faculty member that was on the committee with me, and we decide to posterize our report and make some handouts assuming our proposal gets accepted. It did get accepted and we did do the poster and fun handouts. The fair is next month and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I don't make a fool of myself at the session. I envision coffee spilling at some point.

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Monday, February 27, 2012

Flip (and not Wilson)?!?

Publicity photo of Bob Hope and Flip Wilson fr...Image via WikipediaSo check this out blog peeps (all 4 of you). I am looking at jumping on the, FOTM in education, bandwagon and running a flipped classroom. My little spin on it will teaching an information literacy class, which is really a seven week workshop and see if there is an difference in the results from other times that I have run the class before. I wonder if in such a short time frame that the flip design will produce the results that I have been reading about in other "traditional" classes.

I've got some time to create the videos since the class doesn't run until the Fall. You can check out some info on Flipped Classrooms over at Ted or the Khan Academy which has a lot of video examples of flipped lessons and some videos talking about the flipped design.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

And they're off...

The start of the Spring semester, and I have a hard time calling it the spring with frost on the roads, and we are off to a flying start. Aside from the norm of students having no clue about the classes they have, you know silly things like the name of the class and such, but now they can't even find out because the CMS (Course Management System) is down. Really, I can't make this stuff up.

So here is to what I am sure will be a fun filled day and swell semester, off to that flying start.= to find out how good you really are.

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