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Data Lakes, Ponds, and Puddles

  Using the cute little graphic above, Amazon web services define a data lake as: “… a centralized repository that allows you to store all your structured and unstructured data at any scale. You can store your data as-is, without … Continue reading

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Scanning Student Course Feedback for Outliers

The debate has raged for decades over the best use of student course feedback, or indeed, whether it should be used at all. Detractors cite studies that show racial and gender bias. Proponents argue that the student voice should be … Continue reading

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The Case for Course Consistency

GenEd courses come up for recertification every five years. Faculty reviewers read the instructor’s narrative, examine syllabi of all the course sections, look at assignment prompts, review samples of student work, check on section sizes and instructor support — a … Continue reading

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Hybrid, virtual, and asynchronous…Oh, my!

(image: https://onestop.utsa.edu/registration/class-schedule/modality/) Remember when there were two types of classes, online and in-person? Online and in-person gave birth to three children: hybrid, asynchronous, and virtual.  In Temple parlance, a hybrid class has an online component and an in-person component. An … Continue reading

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Teaching Writing Across the GenEd Curriculum

On August 17th, GenEd held its annual faculty assembly. The theme was “Teaching Writing Across the GenEd Curriculum.” Improving student’s oral and written communication is one of GenEd’s program-wide goals [link].  Vigilance is required because I fear that the pandemic-driven … Continue reading

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Geophysical Field Work During a Pandemic

Monitoring Infiltration in a Stormwater Basin Covid 19 dominates all aspects of our lives right now, but field work must go on!  Recently Dr. Laura Toran,  PhD candidate Gina Pope, and I helped masters student Kyle Collins (above) install a … Continue reading

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Temple Tableau Users Group

In my November 2019 blog post, I like to use Tableau to develop data dashboards GenEd. There is a rapidly growing Tableau community in Temple, which now has its own user group. To learn more, visit the Temple Tableau getting … Continue reading

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Why GenEd fared better than most when Temple was forced online

There is no question that a whole generation of sociology and education students will write theses on higher education during of the Covid 19 Pandemic. I believe studies will show that although the forced transition from classroom to online instruction … Continue reading

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Why controlling the Coronavirus is like stormwater management

At the time of this post (3/12/2020) not a single Temple University student, staff or faculty member has tested positive for the coronavirus.  Yet next Monday Temple University switches to online-only instruction in and effort to encourage “social distancing.”  No … Continue reading

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Teaching What You Don’t Know

This spring I signed up for a CAT book group to discuss “Teaching What You Don’t Know” by Therese Huston. The basic premise of the book is that faculty often find themselves teaching a course outside their subject expertise. Maybe … Continue reading

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