The Iterative and Reciprocal Process of Developing Rubrics (With Training Video)

An important element of developing residential curriculum involves scaffolding and sequencing learning. Rubrics, or tools developed for the purposes of scoring and rating development along a scale, can be useful in this scaffolding and sequencing process. As discussed earlier, residential curriculum rubrics break down learning outcomes into successive stages of development and mastery. Although coming after the development of an educational priority, goals, and outcomes, rubric development is often an iterative and reciprocal process that requires one to loop back and revise goals and outcomes in light of knowledge gained thorough the… Read More

Video: PechaKucha – Claiming Our Roles As Educators: Residential Curriculum and Curricular Approaches

At the most recent Convention of ACPA – College Student Educators International, I had the opportunity to present a PechaKucha-stylepresentation on residential curriculum and curricular approaches to student affairs work. In this video I discuss why we need a curricular approach, how the movement started, what curricular approaches entail, and how we can move this idea towards competency based certification. There are many possible implications for student learning. Closed captioning is available through the YouTube setting.

PRESENTATION VIDEO: My Appearance On HigherEdLive’s Contested Issues Live Debate

From the creative minds of Tony Doody and Heather Shea Gasser, comes the HigherEdLive Contested Issues Live Debate.  The debates took place at the 2016 ACPA Convention in Montreal and involved a series of pairs doing a live point-counterpoint on designated issues.  I had the pleasure of going head-to-head with Ed Cabellon over the idea that students affairs master’s degrees represent the best preparation for working in the field.  I believe they are, Ed believes that there are other avenues that can be pursued.  It was a fun debate to be a… Read More

You Already Have A Permanent Digital Tattoo… And It’s Growing…

I came across this excellent Ted Talk by Juan Enriquez the other day.  Titled, You Online Life, As Permanent As A Tattoo, this talk explores the idea that all of the digital data collected on you, and to which you contribute yourself through social media, is imprinting you with a permanent “digital tattoo.” Traditional tattoos tell stories about individuals.  They are often highly personal and unique.  As companies, sites and apps continuously collect information on us (such as our buying habits, our likes, our preferences, and our history), they are imprinting each of… Read More

Simplifying Your Life: The Animated Evolution of Desk Since 1981

It is amazing how quickly our work has evolved in such a short period of time.  I came across the following animated GIF on social media the other day (it was originally produced as a video by the team at BestReviews) and it encapsulates this change perfectly.  What struck me most is how so much of our lives have been reduced down to one tiny (very powerful) machine.