Category Archives: Teaching & Learning

Radio as Pedagogy: The Book Minute

The dramatic rise in popularity of podcasts has demonstrated that radio wasn’t dead, it was just sleeping. Listening to radio as a learning resource is one thing, but what about making radio as a pedagogical tool? I’ve been using radio … Continue reading

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The Book Course

Teaching is like walking a tightrope. When it works (i.e. balance, risk-taking, new vistas), it is amazing. When it doesn’t (missteps, off-kilter, too safe, closed perspective), things don’t end well. I’ve just wrapped up work on a course I taught … Continue reading

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Beyond Literacy: A Class, An Event, A Conversation

Every time I teach the Beyond Literacy course (a First Year Seminar at Guelph) I am wonderfully delighted by the students. Frankly very few of them ever buy the premise of the course (“Reading and writing are doomed. Literacy as … Continue reading

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Podcasts from The Social Life of Information Course

This semester (along with MJ D’Elia, Amanda Etches, and Doug Horne) I taught a First Year Seminar┬ácourse entitled The Social Life of Information. With acknowledgement to John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid for the inspiration and guidance, the course explored … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading (Status Report)

You might remember my plan to read only open access (OA) articles during this year. You may be wondering, “how’s that going for you?” Well, not too well. In fact, it has been a complete failure. And as you may … Continue reading

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About My Ignite Guelph Talk

I did a talk for Ignite Guelph last night. It was too much fun. It was also very difficult. If you’ve already done an ignite talk (5 min. presentation, 20 presentation slides, each slide is displayed for 15 seconds and … Continue reading

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Stories, Storytelling, and Teaching

I’m in the final few days of preparation for the beginning of the Winter 2014 semester and my new gig as Instructor in the First Year Seminar program. Very excited. Excited to apply what I already know about teaching and … Continue reading

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Open Access: Publishing *and* Reading

I now only publish in open access journals and what I publish myself (or with teams) is either CC BY or CC BY-NC-SA. Admittedly, this is a mere (and largely unnoticed) drop in the scholarship bucket. It’s something, but I … Continue reading

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The Next Phase of My Professional Life

As many of you will know, I’ve been on a two year sabbatical/administrative leave. Sadly it is coming to an end in January (but I have been productive: see here, here, and here for a detailed accounting). However, I’m very … Continue reading

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