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May 31, 2016

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April 2016

Casting Out Nines: Advice for the tech-curious instructor (April 4, 2016)

March 2016

Casting Out Nines: Three criteria for using technology in a human-friendly way (March 31)

Casting Out Nines: What I do to remember that every student has a story (March 28)

Casting Out Nines: How to help students be prepared to study mathematics (March 14)

Casting Out Nines: How not to promote technology in teaching: An open letter (March 10)

Casting Out Nines: What causes grade inflation, and what might fix it (March 7)

Casting Out Nines: Flipped learning: Beyond the surface to self-regulation (March 3)


February 2016

Casting Out Nines: Four steps for staying afloat at mid-semester (February 29)

Casting Out Nines: A farewell to deadlines (February 24)

Casting Out Nines: Specs grading with the EMRF rubric, part 2 (February 16)

Casting Out Nines: Three reasons for switching to flipped learning (February 2)

January 2016

Casting Out Nines: Specifications grading with the EMRF rubric (January 31)

Casting Out Nines: Lecturing is not bad (but...) (January 14)

Casting Out Nines: Beginning with the grade in mind (January 10)

November 2015

Casting Out Nines: Simplicity and complexity in grading (November 19)

Casting Out Nines: Can an online course be truly secure? (November 10)

October 2015

Casting Out Nines: 4+1 Interview: Lorena Barba (October 26)

Casting Out Nines: What I learned by blogging every weekday for a month (October 16)

Casting Out Nines: What we can learn from the trades and professions (October 15)

Casting Out Nines: My current approach to assessment in specs grading (October 13)

Casting Out Nines: Quick thoughts on Alex Coward and UC-Berkeley (October 12)

Casting Out Nines: What I learned this week (October 9)

Casting Out Nines: My keynote at the University of the West Indies, TL;DR version (October 8)

Casting Out Nines: Five habits for finding time (October 7)

Casting Out Nines: Teach however you want, but... (October 6)

Casting Out Nines: At wired campus: Active learning as an ethical issue (October 5)

Casting Out Nines: At wired campus: How student video presentations can build community in an online course (October 2)

Casting Out Nines: Rethinking class time using accessible technology (TL;DR) version (October 1)

September 2015

Casting Out Nines: What flipped learning looks like across disciplines (September 30)

Casting Out Nines: The specs grading final exam remix (September 29)

Casting Out Nines: My ideal grading system(September 28)

Casting Out Nines: What I learned this week (September 25)

Casting Out Nines: Four behaviors I had to covercome to move forward in my career (September 24)

Casting Out Nines: How traditional is traditional grading? (September 23)

Casting Out Nines: Computational thinking and the evolution of Guided Practice (September 22)

Casting Out Nines: The value of keeping your mouth shut (September 21)

Casting Out Nines: A selection puzzle that sheds light on human thinking (September 3)

August 2015

Casting Out Nines: Why community is now part of my mathematics courses (August 18)

Casting Out Nines: Specs grading for Fall classes: A second look (August 17)

July 2015

Casting Out Nines: Seven Steps to Flipped Learning Design (July 23)

Casting Out Nines: Specifications Grading Report, Part 2: Context (July 15)

Casting Out Nines: My Workflow for Creating Guided Practice Assignments in 5 Somewhat Easy Steps (July 8)

Casting Out Nines: Specifications Grading Report, Part 1: Overture (July 6)

June 2015

Casting Out Nines: Seven Thoughts About Tim Hunt (June 20)

Casting Out Nines: A Vignette on Specs Grading and Rigor (June 16)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Hello Goodbye (June 16)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: 4+1 Interview: Theron Hitchman (June 9)

May 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education: 4+1 Interview: Victor Piercey (May 29)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Is Flipping an Online Course Possible? (May 14)

March 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education: GTD for Academics: The Importance of Review (March 18)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: An Invitation to the Legacy of R.L. Moore/IBL Conference (March 16)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: GTD For Academics: The Mindset and the Precepts (March 9)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Observations and Changes for Specs Grading, 8 Weeks In (March 6)

February 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education: If You Don't Succeed, Try Again: Timed Tests Using Specs Grading (February 16)

January 2015

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Three Evolving Thoughts About Flipped Learning (January 22)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Putting Specs Grading to Work (January 19)

December 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: An Update on the Specifications Grading Process (December 22)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Thinking About Grading (December 2)

November 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: 4+1 Interview: Linda Nilson (November 25)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Making Screencasts: The Working Example (November 19)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Making Screencasts: The Talking Head (November 11)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Notes to My Sleep-Deprived Self (November 4)

October 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Making Screencasts: The Pedagogical Framework (October 29)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Questions and Answers From Cal Poly (October 21)

August 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Approaching Balance in an Academic Life (August 22)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Four Things I am Really Working on This Semester (August 18)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Is Lecture Really the Thing That Needs Fixing? (August 12)

July 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Clients, Not Customers (July 25)

June 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Grand Challenges for Mathematics Education (June 28)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Guest Post: Blending and Flipping Modern Architecture (June 23)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Three Updates on Mathematica and The Wolfram Language (June 16)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Three Issues With the Case for Banning Laptops(June 13)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Four Things I Wish I'd Known About the Flipped Classroom (June 5)

May 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Technology, Learning, and Institutional Mission Statements (May 19)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Flipped Learning Skepticism: What About Technology? (May 16)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Flipped Learning Skepticism: Do Students Want to Have Lectures? (May 5)

April 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Flipped Learning Skepticism: Can Students Really Learn on Their Own? (April 30)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Flipped Learning Skepticism: Is Flipped Learning Just Self-Teaching? (April 28)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Hidden Costs of Unsolicited Textbooks - A View From the Mailroom (April 14)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Weekend Reading (April 11)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Problem is Not the Students (April 8)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Weekend Reading(April 4)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Toward a Common Definition of "Flipped Learning" (April 1)

March 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Weekend Reading (March 21)

The Chronicle of Higher Education: What Should Mathematics Majors Know About Computing, and When Should They Know It?

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Getting Off on the Right Foot in an Inverted Calculus Class

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Using Guided Practice to Build Self-Regulation

February 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Inverted Calculus Course and Self-Regulated Learning

January 2014

The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Inverted Calculus Course: Overture

October 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Sharing Math's Appeal With First-Generation Students

September 2013

AMS Notices: The Calculus Concept Inventory - Measurement of the Effect of Teaching Methodology in Mathematics

July 2013

The Wall Street Journal: Did Poor Math Skills Cause Subprime Meltdown?

The Wall Street Journal: Math, Science Popular Until Students Realize They're Hard

May 2013

Turn to Your Neighbour: A Two Minute Video Shows the Power of Using Peer Instruction to Flip Your Classroom

Contact North - Pockets of Innovation: The Supplementary Module Program for Calculus at Wilfrid Laurier University

March 2013

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Article on "National Groups Call for Big Changes in Remedial Education"

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Article on "Your Voice: How Much Math Proficiency is Needed to Succeed in STEM?"

The Chronicle of Higher Education: Article on "A Better Placement Test Helps a Math Department in Multiple Ways"

Memorial University: Mathematics Learning Centre

University of Toronto: Biology, Models and Mathematics (JMB170Y)

University of Victoria: Article about Improving Student Achievement in Math

Wilfrid Laurier Proposed Strategic Mandate Agreement


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