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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

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Using WordPress at Chapman for student blogs and e-portfolios

September 9, 2016 by | Technology

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

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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

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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

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The First Day (an alternative to reading the syllabus)

August 3, 2016 by | Pedagogy

Back when I was a student, I hated the first day of classes (aka Read the Syllabus Day).  One semester I rather snarkily informed each of my professors how much I’d paid for their class that day, and that I didn’t feel as though I was getting my money’s worth when the day consisted of

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Links to Training for Faculty on Campus Solutions

August 3, 2015 by | Technology

If you’re a faculty member, you are certainly gearing up for the fall semester and are wanting to see your student rosters.  Of course you’ve probably already noticed that we are no longer using WebAdvisor for course rosters, and they are now in the Faculty Portal on Campus Solutions (at my.chapman.edu ).  Here are some

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Join Us for the Faculty Technology Fair!

April 23, 2015 by | Events

Are you a faculty member who’s curious about what new technology might be on the horizon for Chapman University? Perhaps you’re looking to see what updates will be coming in the future. Or maybe you just want to put a face to IS&T while snacking and potentially winning cool prizes. If you thought any of

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Downloading Grades from Blackboard

March 30, 2015 by | Pedagogy

This time of year our office often receives many queries about the Blackboard Grade Center.  Often, faculty would like to download the Grade Center data in a format that they can open in Excel.  Click here to view the website with the instructions for downloading grade data. Or, click here to download a PDF of

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