• Planning for a Blended Approach to Teaching Post-Crisis at MSU

    Returning to campus after the events of Feb 13 we find ourselves in a space of continuing to process our own feelings and emotions, caring for others, and providing opportunities and space for all of us to return to our teaching and learning routines. MSU has provided guidance to our community suggesting that we use […]

  • An Introduction to Visually Mapping Curriculum

    Visually mapping out curriculum is a way to better understand your course, program, or major and can help you make decisions on curriculum development or changes, assist students with navigating programs, and/or help you talk about your program. This post outlines a short workshop on visually mapping curriculum. You can use the post to guide […]

  • Reflective Practice and the Formative Annual Review Framework

    These are the notes and links for a conversation about the Formative Annual Review (FAR) framework and Reflective Practice that I had with a group of MSU faculty. Brief overview of FAR Framework Formative Annual Review (FAR) is an active approach to annual review, allowing us to take control of our narratives, shape them, and […]

  • Adding Google Drive and Chat to a Humanities Commons Group

    You can quickly and easily add additional links to any Humanities Commons Group by putting links into the Group Description section of your group. There’s currently no wysiwyg editor for that field so you have to type in good old HTML for it but it renders the HTML links clickable when saved and loaded. The […]

  • Connecting Humanities Commons Deposits for Annual Review

    As I was preparing my annual review documentation this spring I wanted to see if I could more easily import my work published on Humanities Commons into Academic Profile, MSU’s annual reporting system that uses Watermark’s Faculty Success platform. Manual entry is always a possibility, but ideally, I want everything to be electronically connected to […]

  • Developing a Reflective Practice Workshop 2023

    This workshop on Developing a Reflective Practice was offered in May 2023 for the MSU COLA Fellows. It was converted to this asynchronous format for those who weren’t able to attend. Workshop Outline This workshop consists of four main parts, with a reflection point separating each part. You may use the reflection prompt individually, or […]

  • Pathways to Presencing Fellows Project – FAR Framework

    Today I spent a wonderful afternoon with colleagues engaged in the Pathways to Presencing Fellows program talking about our projects and sharing ideas. The fellowship program gives “space and time” for us to engage in ways we are enacting the Charting Pathways to Intellectual Leadership (CPIL) framework. CPIL seeks to “empower staff and faculty to […]

  • Crafting a Digital Presence With Visitor & Resident, and Constellation Mapping

    The two activities on this page will step you through an initial Visitor and Resident Map of your online presence, then using some of the places that you have identified in that work to create a constellation map of your activities. once you’ve done the activities on this page you can start to make a […]

  • Identifying Process Artifacts in our Work: Part of the Surfacing Our Work series

    My colleague Shannon Kelly and I recently started a series of posts on the process of “surfacing our work.” The series focuses on the ways that, as educational technology professionals, we can work toward sharing more of our work that is in process and publishing work that has not traditionally had a publication outlet. The […]

  • Development or Publication Status of Project

    A few weeks ago I was discussing my publishing workflow with Chris Long and explaining that by starting on with a more informal post and then feeding my posts there into this blog I could begin to build a more scaffolded model of the development of publication status of my projects and ideas. After […]

  • Microblogging with Mastodon: Posting Automatically to My WordPress Site

    When the Humanities Commons team started to spin up I started to wonder if this platform would be a way to conduct my microblogging activities in a space that might have a better distribution network, allowing my work to be more visible.  The more open, federated nature of the platforms like this that make […]

  • Additional Use Cases for Community Collaborative Review (CCR) Tool

    Note: When this post was written the tool was in development and was referred to by the process – Community Collaborative Review – that the tool supports. The released version of the tool to support the CCR process is called Pilcrow. I’ve left this post as it was originally written in terms of reference to […]

  • 10 Tips for Creating and Offering Online Courses

      This post started as a presentation that I gave as part of the Foundations of Successful Online Teaching and Learning series my colleagues and I created as part of our outreach work to K12 schools across Michigan. The tips are a few that I’ve identified in my 20+ years of experience building and teaching […]

  • Resources for K12 Teachers Moving Online

    Earlier this summer my colleague Jeremy Van Hof and I began to work with administrators and teachers in Okemos Public Schools to plan for and develop training materials for supporting K12 teachers moving courses online during the COVID-19 pandemic. The result was a set of materials and accompanying workshops we titled the Foundations of Successful […]

  • Model for Professional Development and Course Quality in Online Teaching

    The Challenge: What Resources to Draw On When Planning Online Learning When developing online courses it is often difficult, as an instructor, to determine which resources to connect with at different points of the process. From an administrative perspective, it can also be difficult to determine which supports to invest in and plan for, in […]

  • Installing OpenFace on Macintosh

    This is a bare bones guide to installing OpenFace on Macintosh that I wrote during the Towards New Horizons in Digital Humanities workshop hosted by the Passau Center for eHumanities in March 2019. Go to Download the source code as a zip (it’s 750MB so will take a long time) Meanwhile…. (Go to […]

  • Constellation of Activities

    A Constellation of Activities is an engaged digital presence. This activity allows the participant to identify those areas they are either currently or wish to be engaged with and map them to the main hub of their digital presence activity. It serves to create a better understanding of the broader ecosystem of one’s digital presence, […]

  • iOS Design Lab

    The iOS design lab is a project that we started Michigan State University to help our students gain valuable skills that they need to be successful in 21st-century work. The first year is a two-semester program, with an option for a summer internship to continue working on a project. We start students out doing work in groups and […]

  • Image Analysis at Scale in the Undergraduate Humanities Classroom

    Today Kristen Mapes and I presented at the Chicago Colloquium on DH and Computer Science about some of our work we’ve done to support undergraduates learning about distant viewing techniques. Our work builds upon the classroom work that we have been doing with collaborators such as David Bering-Porter and Cody Mejeur to think about how distant viewing […]

  • Digital Presence and Public Scholarship: Empowering Graduate Students as Professionals

    Yesterday my colleague Kristen Mapes and I presented some of our work around Digital Presence and Public Scholarship at #Del18. Our presentation, titled “Digital Presence and Public Scholarship: Empowering Graduate Students as Professionals” gave an overview of our work in general, but more specifically focused on our work to integrate digital presence work with graduate […]