Category Archives: school

Constant comparative method–I totally get it, now.

But, I’m not an expert or anything. It’s a detail-oriented, time-consuming process. I recently did a content analysis of 2010 election speeches using the constant comparative method (CCM) (Glaser, 1965). Prior to this analysis, I read extensively about the CCM, … Continue reading

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Fascinating, fascinating absolutist rhetoric in political communication

I read The absolutist advantage: Sacred rhetoric in contemporary presidential debate in a recent (2010) issue of Political Communication. The more I hear absolutist rhetoric, the more fascinated I become with a public who consumes, processes, and refrains from challenging … Continue reading

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Distance learning: online course etiquette

Distance learning is relatively new. For the student, getting a quality online classroom experience can be intimidating. For the instructor, encouraging participation in an unfamiliar medium can be intimidating. From my own experience as a student, my behaviour in the … Continue reading

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Distance learning: encouraging a learning community through peer review

I discovered an exciting concept while studying quality distance learning. The concept is the development of a┬álearning community. The learning community can increase student success in distance learning courses by asking students to be accountable to one another as well … Continue reading

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Read Bruner…you’ll be glad you did

Sometimes, I read an article rich with theory and ideas, but I’m not able to apply them immediately. When this happens, the article gets kind of lost in my brain. I’m sure it continues to shape my thoughts, but I … Continue reading

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Wrapping up the semester with distance learning

This week and next, I’m wrapping up the semester. Think I’ll use festive beaded ribbon. To wrap up my work as a teaching assistant this semester, I will be adapting two of my Professor’s ENG 272 (Technical Communication) units to … Continue reading

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Reusable educational objects

Reusable educational objects: they work like a puzzle. They are usually stored in online libraries. They are widely available, usually for free or a small fee. They are an intriguing way to glue an online course together with a wide … Continue reading

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