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Last Build Date: Sat, 13 Jan 2018 14:07:00 +0000

 



10 things to do on a long, snowy weekend

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 23:09:34 +0000

Supposedly there’s a decent-sized storm heading this way.  All basketball games and kids activities have been cancelled for tomorrow.  The fridge and freezer are stocked.  The semester starts on Tuesday, and we’re off on Monday for the MLK Holiday.  Here’s a few things on my to-do list for the weekend: Finish Harry Potter and the […]



I made my students 49% smarter and I can prove it

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 21:45:31 +0000

“Well looky there, you learned something!  You’re 49% smarter than you were 5 minutes ago!”  This aha! moment  occurred while teaching over 400 business students this fall.  Using Tophat in my business research instruction sessions, I was able to assess that my students did in fact learn something through my teaching. The Challenge Each semester […]



“Please” and “Thank You,” they are the magic words

Thu, 07 Dec 2017 21:45:32 +0000

I posted this on Facebook, but figured I would also post it here to preserve it for good measure (plus I got an itch for actually publishing something on this cob-web-infested blog).    I received the following email from a student that I helped with some research: Good Morning Chad, Within 3 clicks I found […]



Teaching a one-shot library instruction session with TopHat

Mon, 01 May 2017 18:00:33 +0000

This spring I used Tophat to shake up the delivery of my large research sessions.  This is one example of how I have used Tophat to enhance my library research instruction. The scenario Each spring I am invited to give a one-shot, hour-long orientation to approximately 125 students who are part of the Global Consulting […]



My first experience in our new active learning classroom

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 21:09:46 +0000

Today was my first time teaching in our newly remodeled instruction space. It was one of the best teaching experiences I have had in my 14 years of library instruction. The Room The room is outfitted with three presentation screens at the front of the room.  There are six tables which seat 7, with a 48 […]



A change in my video recording process

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 16:34:30 +0000

A while back I posted about how I was occasionally finding lip sync lag (ala “Kung Fu Theater” when I recorded my on-camera video introductions and conclusions using Screencast-o-matic.  No matter what I did, I would still experience some lag when recording my face, and my lips and words did not quite match up in […]



Testing audio and video quality (and lag) with Screencast-o-matic, a Blue Yeti microphone, and Logitech C920 Webcam

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:51:32 +0000

I made this short video to test the audio and video quality of the Blue Yeti microphone and the Logitech C920 webcam using Screencast-o-matic. Sometimes if you use the audio from another mic like the Blue Yeti, but record your video another source, such as I do with the Logitech C920 Webcam, there can be […]



My first best attempt at my YouTube channel trailer

Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:58:32 +0000

YouTube had been nagging me forever to put a trailer on my channel so that unsubscribed viewers can get to know what my channel is about.  About 4 months ago I put together the clip below.  I recorded the opening of the trailer with my Logitech camera and Blue Yeti microphone. For the other video […]



On Organizations and French Fries

Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:55:16 +0000

I finally just finished reading Scott Berkun’s wonderful book “The Year Without Pants:  WordPress.com and the Future of Work.”  I’ve been reading it for a while, and even re-reading some parts. At my library, we are planning on changing and consolidating some service points over the next few years, which has some folks concerned over […]



Some quick thoughts on the 2015 Collective Conference

Tue, 24 Feb 2015 14:47:19 +0000

Most library conferences I have been two lately are mega events, often requiring trips to strange (and hot) lands like Las Vegas. Some colleagues found a new conference, that was cheap, small, and offered an alternative to those traditional sage-on-the-stage venues.   The conference was called The Collective, and happened to be located in a town […]