Submit your grades and enjoy your Holiday Break!

December 20, 2016 by | Uncategorized

All fall semester grades are due Monday, January 2, 2017, but why wait! Online grade submission must be done through my.chapman.edu; grades entered into Blackboard are not considered official and are not applied to student records. For step-by-step instructions on how to assign final grades please download the PDF below. Also, for more training and

teaching Buck v Bell an argument for the relevance of History

October 31, 2016 by | Pedagogy

Last week I taught my students about the Buck v Bell Supreme Court case during a history lesson about the eugenics movement.  I was surprised to learn that not one student in the room had heard of eugenicist Harry Laughlin or of Carrie Buck or of the involuntary sterilization of tens of thousands of American

Qualtrics kicking off the student pilot project

October 19, 2016 by | Technology

Up to now, Qualtrics software (for surveys and polls) has only been available to Faculty and Staff at Chapman.  This Fall we will be running a pilot project for student researchers to have Qualtrics access.  For those who would like to participate, there is a Pilot Project Kickoff Meeting in BK 201 from 11-12 on

Talking about Big Data at Chapman, Oct 7th

September 26, 2016 by | Pedagogy

  In a few weeks I’ll be speaking at Chapman Town Hall, “Data Analytics and Big Data at Chapman: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue” Date: Oct 7, 2016 Time: 12-2pm Place: Pralle Lecture Hall, Beckman Hall 104 Description: Analytics and big data are hot topics today, impacting all aspects of life, work, and society.  In higher education

Into the Archive the impact of primary sources on the classroom experience

September 25, 2016 by | Pedagogy

Each time I teach the Introduction to Digital Humanities (ENG 484/584) course the students tell me that their favorite experience is the day we spend in the Center for American War Letters Archive, transcribing primary source documents.  The power of holding tangible historical objects overpowers any abstract discussion we have about scholarly practices or any

Talking about Disability

September 13, 2016 by | Pedagogy

We watched this TED talk by Stella Young to start off today’s HIST 233 class (Disability in American Life): This video is a powerful one, that speaks to the ways that people with disabilities are treated in today’s society.  Stella’s no-nonsense speaking about “disability porn” and the objectification of disabled people works well to disrupt

Using WordPress at Chapman for student blogs and e-portfolios

September 9, 2016 by | Pedagogy

WordPress offers many possibilities for faculty who wish for their students to be completing writing or multimedia assignments in an open online platform.  However, there are many varieties of WordPress available to faculty, and some decisions need to be made to help faculty select the best-possible variant of WordPress for their learning objectives, and to

Class Rules or, what I learned on the first day of History 233

August 31, 2016 by | Pedagogy

Last night I taught the first session of HIST 233: Disability in American Life.  One of our initial activities was to discuss our “Class Rules.”  To begin this discussion, I asked the students what were some typical Class Rules that they’d had in other courses at Chapman.  The listed the following: No bathroom breaks No

Using Polleverywhere or other classroom response systems

August 17, 2016 by | Technology

PollEverywhere is now free for Chapman faculty to use.  Instructions for setting up PE can be found HERE. Here are some ways in which you might use Polleverywhere in your classes at Chapman: Drawing out quiet students with open-ended questions Think Pair Share Attendance Reading quizzes Testing for understanding of class material Application Questions of