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New OER for Creating Games

I just created a new OER called Creating Games. I have been teaching a course called Creating Games since 2008. It fulfills a Creative Thought requirement in our General Education program and so is focused on the creative process as it applies to game design and development. The course has evolved significantly since I first started teaching […]

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December Movies

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood☆☆☆☆☆ I was a bit skeptical as this movie started because it’s about the journalist’s awakening and I wasn’t sure I was going to like yet another story about a middle-aged white man’s existential crisis. But Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers won me over, much as Mr. Rogers won the […]

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Adventures in Ungrading

I have been moving away from traditional grading schemes for a while. In teaching the INCAP course in Spring 2019 and Tackling a Wicked Problem in Fall 2019, I have moved fully into the ungrading camp. But my journey was a pretty gradual one. It started a few years ago when I began to recognize […]

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Evolution of the End of Semester Showcase of Student Engagement

One of the main goals of the Integrated Cluster Learning Model is to provide students with opportunity to practice talking about their work and their learning with authentic audiences. For example, in the Spring 2019 semester, students in my section of IS4220 presented their work to partners from PSU’s Admissions Office, Enrollment Management team, and […]

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What should we let go of?

This is a response that I just submitted to a survey on my campus asking what our university should “let go of” in order to become financially sustainable. While it is very particular to my institution, I thought I would share it out since …

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November Movies

Fleabag ☆☆☆☆☆ Broadcast of a National Theater Live event (so a movie of a live play). I liked the television series that is based on this one woman show. But I sometimes found it difficult to watch because the main character made such terrible choices over and over again. The first season of the show […]

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Climate Change Class Web Site Debut

Students in my section of Tackling a Wicked Problem have been doing research about climate change claims. We have begun to publish their research on our class web site as they finish their articles. Eventually, there will be 10 claims thoroughly researched and explained but the site currently has the first two. It’s great work! […]

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October Movies

The Current War My goal is always to see one movie a week. I often don’t meet that goal. In October, I saw only one movie for the entire month. Unfortunately, it was The Current War. It stars Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison, Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, and Nicholas Hoult as Tesla and tells […]

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Spring 2020 Cluster Experiences

Plymouth State University will continue to offer students the opportunity to participate in cluster experiences in the Spring 2020 semester. Recall that cluster learning is what happens when faculty members use cluster pedagogy in their classes. In particular, the experiences that we offer in the Spring 2020 semester will help students make connections between the […]

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