Leaving on a Jet Plane

by Catherine Hillman January 28, 2015

I am writing this blog post while on a plane to Hawaii. All around me I see the glow of small (and not-so-small) screens as people are viewing stored movies, accessing their Kindle libraries, playing games. I have abandoned my playlist in favor of a soothing batch of “nature sounds” tracks on my Android phone’s […]

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PLUG: Show & Tell – 1/12/15

by Tonia Malone January 20, 2015

The PLUG (PolyLearn User Group) held a Show & Tell on Monday, January 12, 2015. Franklin Gaudi (CAFES-BioResources & Agricultural Engineering) demonstrated some tools he uses to enhance teaching and learning with PolyLearn. If you would like to learn more about how to implement the PolyLearn tools that Franklin uses for his classes, please refer to the […]

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Subtitle Other’s Videos with Amara

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek January 12, 2015

Have you ever found a perfect video online to use in your course that was created by someone else and then realized that the video isn’t captioned? Or perhaps the video has captions available via the automatic captioning feature of YouTube, but the captions end up being ridiculously incorrect? Posting an uncaptioned video in your […]

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Fall and Winter Blues…

by Catherine Hillman December 10, 2014

Fall quarter is supposed to be a time of fresh beginnings, cooler weather (more amenable to deep sleep) and new focus for the school year… so why do I feel like hiding at home on the couch and binge-watching Netflix until the New Year?  The “Back to School” excitement of September mocks my disorderly desktop, […]

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Digital Pedagogy – Pedagogy That Embraces Reality

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek November 19, 2014

“All pedagogy is digital pedagogy. Unless it has blinders on.” ~ Sean Morris In several of our lunchtime discussions this summer during the Flipped Workshop Series, the topic of digital devices in the classroom came up among the faculty participants. Are these tools useful in the classroom or not? The main question always comes down […]

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How to Use Groups in a PolyLearn Forum

by Tonia Malone November 6, 2014

The PolyLearn Forum is a great tool for allowing students to collaborate outside of class. The Forum can extend class time and expand conversations. For those students who need extra time to think or do not like to talk in class, the  online forum space can provide a safe space to share their ideas. To learn more about the […]

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Great Expectations

by Catherine Hillman October 28, 2014

This past weekend, a friend and fellow Cal Poly alumna called me, concerned that her daughter might not have the grades to get in to Cal Poly.  With the average incoming freshman GPA being above 3.8, and only approximately 10% of applicants being accepted, she is trying to set appropriate expectations for her daughter. I […]

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Wikipedia: An Apology

by Robin Parent October 9, 2014

Wikipedia: An Apology Wikipedia has been bullied unmercifully in higher education. Throughout the halls of departments everywhere, statements to its character have been tossed and dragged through the mud with admonishments such as: “Do not use Wikipedia as a reference.” “Wikipedia is not a credible source. It can be edited by anyone!” However, things are […]

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Advice for the 1st Week of School – Fall 2014

by Dr. Luanne Fose - The Tweed Geek September 22, 2014

Start the first week of the school year on the correct foot (not necessarily the right foot, for you lefties) with these helpful first week tips from your Cal Poly colleagues:  #1 “Begin to use a good digital cross-device “To Do” list and stick with it. Tag by project and set date/time alarms to help […]

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A Rich Conversation about Authentic Writing

by Guest Blogger June 12, 2014

This is a guest post by Dr. Dawn Neill, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, and Katy Palmer, an undergraduate anthropology student at Cal Poly. Dawn was a member of the 2013-14 Learning Community, Beyond the Term Paper: Integrating the Teaching of Research and the Teaching of Writing. Katy will begin pilot research on her senior thesis in Fiji this […]

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