New for Spring 2017!

January 23, 2017 by | Technology

We’re rolling out several new tools for Blackboard, for Spring semester.  Some of those tools are: ePortfolios in Blackboard Quickly Attendance Tool Content Collection (a new way to store your course materials) An improved Lynda.com integration And last but not least, check out our new Blackboard logo, designed by Chapman’s Ideation Lab team!:


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

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



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

September 26, 2016 by | Technology

  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

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


On Wheels...

September 10, 2016 by | Technology

Two things happened to me this week that might not seem related, but in some ways I believe they are. On Thursday night I teach until 10pm.  It’s really the latest that I’ve ever hung out on campus, as I exit the classroom building at that hour and make my way across the


Class Rules

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


The First Day

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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