University of Calgary Teaching Academy opens classroom doors for instructors to watch and learn

Open Classroom Week is one of the programs that have grown over the last few years – instructors volunteer to open their classrooms to other instructors to come and observe how they teach, so they can see different kinds of learning activities and teaching strategies in practice. As its name suggests, Open Classroom Week (OCW)  is […]

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Re-rethinking social media

I’ve been uneasy with the role that social media has in my life for a long time. One part information, one part connection with friends and colleagues, one part numbing, one part noise and abuse and racism and sexism. I don’t know a healthy way to approach social media. I don’t believe there is one. […]

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doc searls and accidental lessons

Via doc searls – accidental lessons: reflections on the challenger tragedy I wonder, how has the monetize-attention-with-targeted-ads environment we’ve wound up in changed how we perceive the world and events around us. If the ISS blew up, it’d be big news, but only until the president tweeted something, or some giant company was caught doing […]

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setting up a new class blog

I’m taking a graduate computer science course on information visualization. It’s going to be an incredible experience, exploring how to make sense of data sets and use spatial/symbolic/textural/other means to represent various aspects of the data. A huge part of the course is going to be keeping a daily “visual journal” of things we see, […]

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fuck cancer

I haven’t said anything publicly about this yet, because I wanted to make sure certain people weren’t surprised by internet news without hearing it from me first. I wasn’t going to blog this, but that feels… inconsistent? I’ve been blogging milestones and stuff for 15 years now, and it feels weird to not blog this. […]

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