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resistance is futile, part zillion

resistance is futile, part zillion by Alan Jacobs

That’s where we are now with the true-believing digerati: there is no time at which it is legitimate to unplug. There are no good pedagogical reasons for focusing, for less than three hours per week, on learning to use codexes better. Everyone must conform to the all-digital-all-the-time regime!

I recommend reading the above article and remembering, it doesn’t need to be this way. It almost never has to be an “either-or” sort of question, but a question of the right tool for the right job, even within educational pedagogy.

Alan Jacobs puts it so well.

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Four Conclusions from the 2017 Enterprise IT Summit

Four Conclusions from the 2017 Enterprise IT Summit by Betsy Reinitz

Nothing amazing to share here, but relationships and partnerships between technology and the other department and roles of the institution continue to be at the forefront of almost any discussion.

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Trying Zotero for Research

I have been asked to write some short posts here on campus in the future and part of that work will include doing some scholarly research and utilizing it instead of just regurgitating my own personal thoughts and passing them off as useful and wonderful!

It had been recommended to me to try out Zotero for managing my research while I was in grad school, but I used Papers instead for my capstone project since it seemed to provide a really good experience across all of Apple’s device lineup. However, I have installed Zotero across my Macs and on work’s Surface Pro 4 and have decided to give it a spin to see if it will fit my needs while also being cross-platform.

Only downside so far? No installer for openSUSE.

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OER Materials Drive Student Engagement and Savings, Study Finds

OER Materials Drive Student Engagement and Savings, Study Finds by Meghan Bogardus Cortez

There is much work to be done in researching both the benefits and the downsides to OER, but I feel like the largest hurdle will continue to be convincing faculty that it does not necessarily need to be more work to utilize OER than traditional textbooks.

However, that requires work from the community to collect and review materials already available.

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From Student to Instructor

While I might have completed my MA degree in May, I have now moved onto the next stage of whatever journey God has me on. It is a good thing God knows more than I do because I would be messing things up if I were in charge.

CSS LogoStarting next week I will be teaching CIS 1001 Computing Science Principles online for The College of St. Scholastica as an adjunct faculty member in the Computer Information Sciences department. I was able to teach a 1 credit continuing education course this summer for Martin Luther College, but this will be an entirely new experience as I work with a group of undergrad students for 16 weeks. This is an interesting transition from student to instructor but I am excited for the challenge and opportunity.

The next days will be filled with a lot of preparation as I get ready, and I pray that I can be a valuable instructor for the students I am able to work with this semester!