I’m working through this course so I can see how a student works through the course.  I’m not sure how to make this work better on my iPhone.  I’m not sure about how different platforms integrate (or not).  But I have learned some basics.  It’s like walking around a new city.  I see a few sites, and I get a general sense, and then I think about more I want to explore

Connectivism & Blogging

In terms of blogging in the classroom, I see a lot of application of connectivism. When you have a group of students come together with their own knowledge and expertise, it would be awesome to utilize these strengths in our courses. In other words, give students the opportunity to vlog (video blog) rather than write blog posts if the student possesses the knowledge of video production.

However, connectivism could influence more than the medium of an assignment. Allowing students to connect other fields of knowledge to what they are learning in my course sounds phenomenal for interdisciplinary studies. Not to mention the benefits of students being able to orient their learning on their own terms with prior knowledge.

I see many ways connections can yield stronger understandings of material and give students opportunities to invest in their own learning. All that to say, I see connectivism playing a part in the curriculum of a blogging course.

Libraries rock at OU

While serving as a lecturer in Native American Studies and studying as an LL.M. student at the College of Law, I have had the opportunity to be reminded what wonderful libraries we have at OU.  Of course, we have plenty of books and other holdings, and then we have robust search engines online.  Let’s not underemphasize or even forget how the ambience and comfort at those libraries — especially at the College of Law — help us to learn.  The library is an inviting place at OU.  That increases my productivity.


A few weeks, I was invited to participate in a software beta test conducted by OU Libraries. The software is Leganto. This new software allows me to quickly search and locate reading material for use in my courses. In the past, I compiled a reading list and taught my students to search for readings using different databases. Now, I can add the links to the readings in my course site while I am doing my library search. It saved me a great deal of time without me having to create multiple individual embedded links. The tool will also allow me to gain more timely feedback from my students about individual readings as well as allow the students to recommend other related readings. Also, I can share my reading list with other faculty.  Mary Ellen Spencer is the contact person.

WordPress on Campus

Honestly, the most valuable tool to me in 2016 thus far has been the software WordPress. I have been using it to publish content and engage with other academics from OU and at other institutions. Also, having access to WordPress through OU Create has been phenomenal for learning more about how the web works.

I want to continue learning how to use WordPress in the classroom and experiment with ways to engage students with using this software fro creative projects. The challenge is having students personally invest in platform that (I believe) will be valuable to further their education. One way I want to instill ownership while having students use WordPress is collaboratively building an online course study guide to familiarize them with course content while also producing a resource I could incorporate in future classes.

I struggled with this prompt, because I wanted to say Pita Pit was my favorite campus resource as an ode to the recently closed restaurant. Good brain food is important for working on Campus!