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JC-HEM Day One of Extreme Learning (and Teaching)

Day one of our program here in West Virginia was intense, almost overwhelming. I took more than 15 pages of notes. Our goal is to develop a strong first-year writing course to be accessed in refugee camps all over the

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Extreme Teaching (and Learning)

This week I’ve been lucky enough to be asked to participate in a project for JC-HEM, the Jesuit Commons group that’s bringing online education to refugees in Burma, Africa and Syria. I’m responsible for a first-year writing course. In four

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Take Notes by Hand! Yes, really.

Now there’s real evidence to support my gut feeling that taking notes by hand works better than tapping on a laptop and, especially, of course, than not taking any notes at all. When you take notes by hand, you slow

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Is business writing any different than “real” writing?

So today I ran across a great post by Mitch Joel from Six Pixels of Separation on business writing. You can see the post HERE. I was surprised to see that Mitch’s advice maps onto advice I give my college

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How to Scale Support for Non-Traditional Students

Last week I gave a talk at the ANTSHE conference in Georgia on how to scale support for non-traditional students. I thought some of you might like to see the powerpoint slides from that talk. You can access them here:

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Getting Started

Two years ago, it’s fair to say, I was wearing myself out. I’d learned a lot about getting an education on the fly, working my way through college, law school and a PhD. And I’d succeeded in academia. I was

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