All posts by Adeline Koh

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Introducing the Digital Pedagogy Lab

Digital Pedagogy Lab

If you’re itching to brush up your digital teaching chops over the summer, the journal Hybrid Pedagogy is offering a Digital Pedagogy Lab this summer. Slated to take place at the University of Wisconsin, Madison from August 10-14, 2015, the lab is a five-day practical institute that will combine discussions of digital pedagogy theory with hands-on practice.

Digital Pedagogy Lab will offer three tracks, each capped at 25 students:

  1. Praxis, by Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris, is an examina…

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Email Overload? A Review of Sanebox, an Email Management Tool

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I often refer to my inbox as the abyss from which few return, given how overwhelmed I generally am. Faced with a constant email deluge, I’m always worried that I will forget to answer important emails (I do), or even non-urgent ones that may fall off the face of the earth once they get buried at the bottom of my to-answer pile.

I’ve been trying out Sanebox, an email overload solution, for the past month and have been using it enough to warrant forking out money for their paid services. Sanebox …

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“Know Thy Selfie”: A Selfie Group Discussion Assignment

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“Selfies,” or self-taken photographs, have become as ubiquitous as the smartphone. Their popularity has even spurred the formation of an academic group, The Selfies Research Network. Your students take selfies, you probably do as well. But how do we encourage our students to think critically about the selfie as cultural artifact?

Mark C. Marino, associate professor (teaching) of Writing at the University of Southern California, came up with this admirable assignment titled “Know Thy Selfie”, in…

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Teaching with Wikipedia? The Wiki Education Foundation Wants to Help!

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I’ve written a number of ProfHacker articles on integrating Wikipedia into your classroom, such as this post on tips and tricks for teaching with Wikipedia and how to organize your own Wikipedia edit-a-thon. One of the biggest obstacles most instructors report facing, however, is simply learning how to use Wikipedia to the point where one feels comfortable enough to teach with it.

If this describes you, The Wiki Education Foundation wants to help. This separate arm of the Wikimedia foundation i…

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Get Involved In Classroom Design: A Grant to Upgrade Your Classroom

Have you ever been frustrated by the largely immobile set-up of a typical classroom? Have you ever wished for the opportunity to redesign the space in which you teach?

Here’s an opportunity: if you teach grades 8–12 or at an institution of higher education, Steelcase – a company that sells products and services for corporate offices, classrooms, and healthcare settings – is offering some substantial grants for you to redesign your classroom into an “active learning center.” The awards range…

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Integrating Wikipedia in Your Courses: Tips and Tricks

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Wikipedia is the seventh most-popular website on the Internet and is the web’s most popular and largest reference resource. Many instructors decry student reliance on this online encyclopedia open to anyone to edit, but I am part of a growing movement of teachers who integrates student editing of Wikipedia pages into our pedagogy. There are many pedagogical reasons for this; integrating Wikipedia editing into your courses

  • teaches students to navigate the rules and social norms of an online co…

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Graze: A Healthy Afternoon Snack Subscription Box

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One of my more unhealthy habits is to slink over to the vending machine in the late afternoons, especially when I’m teaching (I can’t help it, I need to replace the salt and electrolytes I burned off! Ha.) The problem with the vending machine offerings is that they aren’t very filling or very nutritious, no matter how tasty they might be. But after a day of teaching and meetings, I really, really need something delicious, so the usual granola bar won’t do.

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Six Simple Meals for Your Busy Semester

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Here at ProfHacker, we’ve written a lot about how we can use technology to “hack” our professional lives, with occasional ventures into exercise and general wellness. Today I’m bringing you six very simple meals that you can generally put on the table in less than fifteen minutes (beat _that_ Rachael Ray :) ) and which are still tasty and relatively healthy. Below are some of my (and my friends’) tried and true favorites.

  • Crab and Avocado Bowl. Combine a cup of shelled crab (preferably fresh…

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Live-Tweeting Assignments: To Use or Not to Use?

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We’ve written a great deal on using Twitter in the classroom at ProfHacker. Ryan has written on creating disposable accounts for classroom use, Erin on how to choose hashtags, Jason on how to disable retweets, George on twitter archiving strategies, and my post on suggested guidelines for livetweeting a class.

This post explores some of the benefits and drawbacks to one of my most successful teaching exercises using Twitter—getting students to “live tweet” films. “Live tweeting” basic…

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A Scavenger Hunt Exercise to Teach Research Methodologies

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This semester I’ve been assigned to teach one of my program’s core courses: an introduction to research methodologies. This is the second time that I’ve taught the class. My first time teaching research methodologies didn’t go so well. My students looked listless and unengaged the entire semester. Wanting to learn from that past experience, I’ve decided to try out a whole bunch of different approaches to teaching the class this time including getting students involved in more hands-on…