All Posts by @smithpres

Change is… Good?

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A few weeks ago I started updating my site for the new semester: making sure dates were correct, moving a couple things around, etc. When I did that, for a reason I still don’t understand, my site broke. Pages I am absolutely positive existed disappeared. Menu items led nowhere. I swore a blue streak. Once […]
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HISP 405: Survey & Preservation Planning

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Note: in an effort to decrease paper usage and to make sure information is always up-to-date, this syllabus has been formatted for the web. If you would like a PDF copy formatted for printing, please contact me. Course Outline Historic Preservation 405, Survey and Preservation Planning, is a survey and research-based study of preservation planning, […]
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Testing by ratatouille

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Ben is the food blogger in the family and I don’t want to step on his toes. However, the other day I made ratatouille and I need to talk about it. Not about the ratatouille, really. It was an ok attempt. I had superior ingredients to work with: the vegetables all came from market stalls […]
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Better late than never

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Until today, I had never been to the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine. Now, before you judge me too harshly: yes, students are in Paris with me for a month, but we visit a different location in the city every day. I can’t be blamed for preferring the real Notre Dame to a model, […]
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Reasons

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I chose the apartment I’m renting this summer for all sorts of practical reasons:- it’s close to the students’ dorm.  – it’s close to my mother’s place.  – it’s on multiple metro lines.  – shops and other amenities are accessible.  – it is within budget. (<= super extra important) But if I’m completely honest, I […]
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Prepping for Paris

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Leaving for France in two weeks exactly. You think after having taught this course three times already, it would all be routine by now. And mostly, it is. Still, lots and lots to get done. Teaching a course abroad is an interesting experience. Some of it is just like teaching a regular class: syllabus prep, […]
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Fun & Games

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I’ve been on the gamification train for a long time. Still, I haven’t run out of things to learn, so when Mary Kayler announced a gamification workshop this spring, I was eager to sign up. Creating successful gamification classes/assignments is very time intensive, and I’ve had an idea brewing in my head a long time: […]
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Cold Turkey?

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Looking at the news these days, I find my blood pressure spiking as my anxiety goes through the roof. It seems to be a widespread problem, but that’s little consolation. I’ve got hypertension and anxiety to begin with, and there’s only so much medication can accomplish. Like many academics, I’ve had an active presence on […]
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Learning sans fear

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At the invitation of Steve Greenlaw (hi, Steve!) I’ve enrolled in the #OpenLearning17 cMOOC. On the one hand: I’ve done plenty of work with OER in the past. I’ve posted about it. I’ve even presented about it. That doesn’t mean I’m doing as much as I could, and it doesn’t mean I’ve learned all that can […]
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Giving the LMS a chance

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I haven’t been shy over the years in criticizing the LMS. Students have consistently told me to stick with my website instead. Downside: they can’t see their grade up-to-the-minute. Upside: it’s organized to make it simple and easy to use. Plus all the stuff I’ve mentioned before (openness, availability outside semesters, etc.) Still, my critique […]
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