• Stuck on a problem? Walk your way to an answer.

    We all know that physical exercise is good for our bodies, but it is also good for our brains and our creativity. An article published in yesterday's New Yorker magazine, Why Walking Helps Us Think," describes many...
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  • Favorite/Best Browser?

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  • What is your suggestion for electronic note taking?

    One of my EN132 students asked for ideas for how to take and manage notes electronically (as an alternative to paper index cards), specifically for research papers and keeping track of database articles. I told him I'...
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  • Write a Novel in November with NaNoWriMo!

    November is coming, and that means that NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is coming, as well. NaNoWriMo is a month-long challenge each November to write a 50,000 word imperfect novel in 30 days. Learn more at t...
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  • Knitting to Learn

    I am hoping that one of these quarters I can unravel my schedule to be able to make the Friday knitting/crochet time. Meanwhile, I saw this today: Knitting Helps Students Learn Basics | NBC 7 San Diego
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  • Email Tips for Students

    These tips for writing, formatting, and managing emails are adapted loosely from Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab's "Email Etiquette for Students."
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  • The Kern Game! (not the Kern you might think)

    Do you love design? Typography? If so, you'll want to check out these fun, short learning games by Method of Action: Kern Type: "A game that will help you understand letter spacing and kerning" Shape Type: "Learn ho...
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  • Creative Approaches to Email Hoarding

    I am an email hoarder. I admit it. The proof is in my gmail account, which reads "9.26 GB (61%) of 15 GB used." That is a lot of email. Some of it is junk that I'm in the process of deleting, but much of it I want to...
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  • How do you make art in your daily life?

    An interesting article in yesterday's Washington Post discusses that while the percentage "of U.S. adults who attended at least one kind of arts performance or visited an art museum or gallery is the lowest it's ever ...
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  • When 3 - 1 = -23

    "Distracted from distraction by distraction Filled with fancies and empty of meaning Tumid apathy with no concentration Men and bits of paper, whirled by the cold wind" ~ T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets When T. S. Eliot's ...
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  • Doors Open to Your Creative City

    "What fosters creativity? More than anything else: The presence of other creative people." ~ Richard Florida   In his recent New York Times piece, "Cities Are the Fonts of Creativity," author and researcher Rich...
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  • How do you slow down or step off the treadmill?

    In "Slowing the Work Treadmill," creativity expert Teresa Amabile suggests that employers can increase workers' creativity and productivity by slowing the pace once in awhile: “Managers and employees need to wo...
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  • Secondhand Multitasking

    The benefits and drawbacks of constant multitasking are complex, to be sure, but this article on how our multitasking might be affecting others is worth thinking about: The Broader Consequences Of Multitasking : 13.7:...
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  • What if there is no such thing as the right major?

    Cal Newport writes on his blog "Study Hacks" (a thoughtful and original blog on success in and out of the classroom) about what to do if your "dream" major seems more like a nightmare: "The idea that some students j...
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  • Question for students: What do you want from Blackboard?

    This term I'm committed to getting better at using Blackboard and would love to hear from students who enjoy using Blackboard about what is helpful: resources? blogs? discussion threads? tasks and announcements? forma...
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  • Favorite Television Drama

    These choices are based in part on responses from my HU100 students this term, in the context of how such television can address meaningful, timeless and existential themes and questions.
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  • Openness to Change

    For anyone in the academic world--teachers, students, staff, parents--September is the month of change: new faces, new classes, new textbooks, new rosters of names. For those of us at MSOE, this fall brings even more ...
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  • The To-Do List Habit

    Sometimes I think that most people can be neatly divided into two groups: those who naturally make to-do lists and those who don't This post is for the latter group (of which I count myself as a member), especially a...
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  • Are you a surface, strategic, or deep learner?

    In his book What the Best College Students Do, historian and educator Ken Bain discusses three approaches to learning: surface learning (doing just enough to get by and avoid failure), strategic learning (focusing mos...
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