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Laura Gibbs
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Attended University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
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Dedicatedly digital... teaching online for 10+ years. :-)
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I'm an online instructor at the University of Oklahoma with a long-standing interest in Aesop's fables! You can see my online courses - Mythology-Folklore & Indian Epics - at MythFolklore.net, and I blog every other day at the Bestiaria Latina.

During the summertime, I try to get some writing done. These are my books:
About the fox avatar: I use different fox images for my online avatar (sometimes a cartoon fox like Fox in Socks, or real foxes, like this one) - it's because the fox is the most important character in Aesop's fables... and the trickiest! :-)
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  • University of California, Berkeley (B.A., Ph.D.)
  • Oxford University (M.Phil.)

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Having so much fun gathering new Mahabharata images to use in illustrating my "public domain edition" of the epic. This is great panel set: it shows Draupadi and all her five husbands in the disguises they used when living in the court of King Virata. So cool! :-)
http://ouocblog.blogspot.com/2015/05/images-hiding-in-viratas-court.html
Draupadi and the Pandavas in disguise in King Virata's court. (illustrated Mahabharata) Yudhishthira Bhima: Arjuna: Nakula: Sahadeva: Draupadi:
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They are spending a year in disguise as servants... not an easy year! :-)
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So many challenges! Eeeek! But lots of good advice.
 
Advice for giving a great presentation

Nicely packaged in
the hour before your speech,
2 minutes before the show,
reaching the podium,
the first 30 seconds,
the talk,
the last 60 seconds, and
the Q&A.
What makes for a great presentation?  How can presenters do a better job? I wanted to share some thoughts about this, based on my experience.  After decades  of being in a variety of audiences, I h...
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And speaking of the wonderful Maati Baani (was just commenting about discovering them thanks to long-ago G+ post), they recently shared a new song via their vlog at YouTube! :-)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T7ocDsvJaWI&feature=youtu.be
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Thank you for shareing this - lovely
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Another nail in the coffin of extrinsic motivators, carrots OR sticks.
 
In yet another addition to the long line of research showing problems with extrinsic motivation, the results of a new study designed to reduce school truancy was announced (How Do You Motivate Kids...
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That is my goal... and I like to think I make at least some progress there. But school under duress is sadly what most General Education is all about... 
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Yep. Enough already with face-to-face PD supposedly geared towards online learning. For example, my school is sponsoring a blogging workshop this summer and even giving away iPads to participants if I understand correctly... but the workshop has mandatory face to face sessions (six of them I think), and you don't even publish your first blog post until the third session. In my classes, the first thing students do is set up their blog and publish a post... why? Because "class" really cannot begin until they do that! The blogging IS our "face to face" communication. #OpenTeachingOU  
 
Rick Wormeli shares his suggestions for how to make professional development effective for teachers.
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That is a really excellent article, +Laura Gibbs -- glad you shared it here. Now that I am "on the outside," it's so much easier for me to take ownership of my development as teacher and learner than it ever was when I was "on the inside " and "They" were (or seemed to be) in charge. 
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+Jennifer Ebbeler just gave me a great excuse to share (again) this vintage post from +Jason Baird Jackson , very important stuff here for those of you in the publish-or-perish world especially: http://jasonbairdjackson.com/2009/10/12/getting-yourself-out-of-the-business-in-five-easy-steps/
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JASON IS AWESOME. He was in Anthro dept. when I came to OU and has since moved. Very inspiring for all things OPEN. :-)
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Important new post from +Jennifer Ebbeler . Sadly, we don't "do debate" at my school. Because, you know, debate is really uncollegial. ... Here is the comment I left on her post:
Debate? What is debate? It is sometimes difficult to follow your mode of speech, O Texan! What is this "debate" of which you speak? Where can I find this on my planet
http://teachingwithoutpants.blogspot.com/2015/05/ignorance-is-not-excuse.html
I've been reflecting a lot on the issue of professors and education technology of late.  In particular, I've been thinking about the exact issue raised by the tweet pasted above: we have reached a point where it is not longer...
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+Jennifer Ebbeler I've met plenty of people who are really good at digital something-or-other for their research, which is great of course... but that doesn't necessarily lead to digital pedagogy, esp. when the LMS is the platform we are supposed to use. Much like the fact that faculty are good writers doesn't mean they are necessarily ready to teach writing! :-)
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I would have been glad to see a strong endorsement of TEACHING WRITING here. But then, since few college and university instructors (outside the professional writing and composition fields) have any training in / expertise in the teaching of writing, I guess I am not surprised... Sigh. My students continue to believe (MISTAKENLY) that there is such a thing as a reliable "grammar checker" and the embrace of the evil that is TurnItIn and robograding reinforces the idea that computers actually "understand" what we write. 
Uh, they don't.
Universities are struggling to figure out how to impart information to students that won’t be overridden in the near future by computers and robots.
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And they are very tolerant of us ... up to a point, ha ha ha.
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First stage of Public Domain Edition of Mahabharata completed!!! In the past few days, I chose the 80 "episodes" (that was NOT easy... I left out pretty much all the embedded tales, so no Savitri, no Damayanti, but they can have their own reading units later)... and yesterday I set up the posts and navigation, plus I added raw text from Mackenzie (who is actually REALLY good for this, much better than he was for Ramayana), and filled in the gaps (not so many actually) with Macfie. Now I can start reading other public domain English Mahabharatas and replacing these text portions with other portions, while also starting to add images and notes. SO MUCH FUN. I am really glad I figured this approach out in a lightning-flash of insight in the middle of the night a month or so ago, just in time for summer! Such a flexible way to build a Mahabharata edition for my students, one that will benefit from continuous improvement as it is built in this totally modular way! Whoo-hoo! #OpenTeachingOU  +Stacy Zemke 
http://ouocblog.blogspot.com/2009/07/mahabharata-online-public-domain-edition.html
The first version of the evolving Public Domain Edition of the Mahabharata is now in production! You will find links to the 80 pages below, and each page WILL contain text from an existing public domain translation of the Mah...
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Thanks, everybody! The Mahabharata is my favorite of the two epics, and it was not making the impact in class that I hoped for. Maybe with this approach I can do a better job of helping students to see some great things to love in this epic. I think it's brilliant!
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Oh, I really hope I can remember to "tune in" and listen to this. Thanks +Jesse Stommel ... I have really enjoyed #rhizo15  so I will be very curious to hear reflections from +dave cormier in convo with Jesse!
 
Jesse Stommel of #moocspeare   and Dave Cormier of #rhizo15 sit down to a pedagogical thought jam. Send your comments/question/thought explosions about the design of either to #rhizospeare on twitter.
This Hangout On Air is hosted by dave cormier. The live video broadcast will begin soon.
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I'm always excited by what the guys at Pericles Group are up to!!! Any reddit users out there? Give them a click! :-)
 
Those of you who use reddit, how about some up vote love for the hope of a little more exposure? Thanks!
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OHHHHHHH, that is going to be so cool!!!!!!!
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