My Week in Review, June 6-10

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Blog Writing

Monday: Canvas Tip: Messaging Inactive Students

Tuesday: Twine & Serious Gaming

Wednesday: Action Figures in the Classroom, a book review of Play Like a Pirate

Thursday: Open Notes for Deep Maps, a demo of the Situating Chemistry database and a call for open research


– I have been finishing up with the QA review for a 4-week session of the History Channel summer course that starts on Monday. The first weeks worth of material is now available to the students, so hopefully everything is done. We’ll see.

– I have also been trying to wrap my mind around on-boarding strategies for students as we at OU transition to Canvas. I am working on an open class for students that will walk them through some of the basics of the LMS and point out a few differences with our old LMS, D2L. But, I would also like to find a way to do something a bit more creative to attract students into a course that they would want to do and would give them an experiential grounding. I haven’t found anything similar online, so if you know of anything, let me know.

OU Create Maintenance

– We had a batch of registration issues this week for some reason, but as usual, the Reclaim Hosting technical support was awesome. About a dozen students managed to sign up for multiple accounts each. Reclaim helped to consolidate those accounts according to the students’ intentions and got everyone squared away in time for them to build their course projects.

Media Consumption

– I have watched a lot of basketball lately and will be watching more soccer over the next month or two. I also watched Sicario last weekend and am slowly going through the newest season of Peaky Blinders. Both tell stories about the intractability of crime, but I enjoy Peaky Blinders more because its anti-heroes are more human and likeable. I highly recommend /filmcast’s pod on Sicario.

– Zach Lowe’s basketball podcast is always excellent, and his coverage of the finals has been particularly good:

– I also really like the Ringer’s Keeping it 1600 with former Obama White House staffers Jon Favreau and Dan Pfeiffer. This week they interviewed David Plouffe. Plouffe threw out the idea that Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin might make Trump’s short list for vice president. That would be a Palin-esque disaster that and might get her out of her gubernatorial office, so win-win.


– We continue to paint our kitchen cabinets. We’re probably up to 60% done, and I’m trying to finish by the time my family comes to visit for father’s day.

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