Top 10 Blogs for Educators

Ellen M's phone photo from Flickr creative commons lists the top ten blogs for education. Many of the folk who read my blog (Design Team members) will be familiar with all ten of these blogs. However, this post is for the folk who stumble across my blog. If you’re looking for good ideas, sometimes the best thing I can do is point […]

More on passive voice

I’ve often been a naysayer. I choose to excise passive in almost every case. However, it could be because I’ve been led down the wrong path. Alas! I’ve known for years that I need to spruce up my grammar. I’ve held stubbornly to the concept that passive is harder to read. There is much […]

Mendeley and more

At the Center for Distance Education, we have a reading group. We use Mendeley ( to corral materials. Even the proudest designer or highest ranking techie needs a how-to. These are my notes because I was so tech-whelmed last week, I did not get into Mendeley to tell staff what I would be covering today. […]

Light reading

Mountains near the Yukon Or light listening… Last week I enjoyed listening to NPR on my laptop, vs light music. What’s the photo got to do with the book? Nothing really. Unless you count a desolate, alone feeling that the first two paragraphs bring to mind. Let’s not fail our youth. Let’s not fail our country.

Finding your voice

As a teacher or an instructor it is important to know your audience and know yourself. As a new employee it can be a little more difficult to ‘find your voice.’ I’d argue that Toastmasters is an excellent resource for any employee (or person) to become a better speaker, a better listener, to practice how […]

On task (not project management)

Being asked to see what the individuals who make up the Design group are using to track projects or tasks is a great introduction to the team. Using SurveyMonkey allows for a quick Q&A. I will enhance/follow-up with one-on-one discussions. I’ll be intermixing survey results and on-on-one sessions to determine what the team might need […]

Passive text

Did you know that passive text reduces the readability of your message? If you find yourself using passive text, and you don’t have a proofreader to help you out (few of us do) you can use MS Word to measure these elements. Find out more: While I was reading this, readability became the real […]

day 7: tools

knitting hands and mid chest region displayed

Prepping for iTeach I came across beautifully illustrated and narrated examples of embedding video in Skip Via’s ED 329. I especially like the fact that he’s showing how to embed a VoiceThread project (in addition to YouTube) for GoogleSites and Blackboard. Skip Via’s explanation is clear; his use of images very supportive of learning the […]

day 3

Certainly I will not have day 3, day 17, day 293… I’d have to write a script for that. Instead you’ll see a, 2, finally–but only if I’m feeling disjointed. What’s a brand new designer to do? link checking find all the resources she will need to do her job begin collecting work Cross-polinate? Absolutely. […]