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Laura Gibbs
Works at University of Oklahoma
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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  • University of Oklahoma
    University Faculty, present

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BRILLIANT.
 
I love this :) THere are times when I think it sums up so many parts of communication. :) p.s. I don't think these guys :) are stupid. I think they are zen. 
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I don't really get the appeal of paleogenesis myself, but this will be fun to share with students. Thanks to +Andres Soolo for the share!
 
Long article, but really quite fascinating.
Analyzing how stories change in the retelling down through the generations sheds light on the history of human migration going as far back as the Paleolithic period
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Reading later. 
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This perception by administrators is kind of scary (see below), but I am not surprised. At my school, student success efforts seem to be focused on hiring enormous numbers of professional staff as opposed to working with faculty on teaching, and I guess that is based on the assumption that faculty are resistant to change. But is it really so clear that faculty are as hopeless as the admin at my school assumes? From what I can tell, there is not even an effort to try to reach us, aside from face-to-face workshops which are inherently self-limiting (seriously, how many faculty do they think they will reach that way, esp. if the goal is to reach faculty who simply are not actively thinking about their teaching...?). Given that email rules at my school, I would start with a super-positive, super-practical weekly email with ideas about teaching. Not rocket science. But it would be a start.
quote faculty resistance to change (4.96) ranked as the greatest cultural obstacle to improving student outcomes
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A friend was just telling me about Calm!
 
“Wondering what all the hype is about? Here are three technology solutions that will give you a taste of what mindfulness can do for you and the young people in your life”
Mindfulness has been shown to have numerous social-emotional and cognitive benefits for kids. Here are 3 great tools to get you started.
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It was all foretold...
 
ODIN REVIEWS THE DEBATE
from Hávamál (Words of the High One)
An ignorant man thinks that all he knows,
When he sits by himself in a corner;
But never what answer to make he knows,
When others with questions come.

A witless man, when he meets with men,
Had best in silence abide;
For no one shall find that nothing he knows,
If his mouth is not open too much.

Wise shall he seem who well can question,
And also answer well;
Nothing is concealed that men may say
Among the sons of men.

Often he speaks who never is still
With words that win no faith;
The babbling tongue, if a bridle it find not,
Often for itself sings ill.
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Words fail me here...
 
According to the 2016 American National Election Study, about one-third of men now say that they’re facing substantial gender discrimination, and two-thirds say that they’re facing at least a little discrimination.
Some think that anything that benefits women hurts them.
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+Jennifer Freeman - yes, that explains third wave feminists in a nutshell.
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This great item via +George Station
 
Excerpt: The current author of one-third of DC Comics’ Trinity, Greg Rucka, confirmed what most of us have suspected for years during an interview with Comicosity about Diana’s current ongoing comic. 

"[Y]es, [Wonder Woman is queer]. I think it’s more complicated though. This is inherently the problem with Diana: we’ve had a long history of people — for a variety of reasons, including sometimes pure titillation, which I think is the worst reason — say, 'Ooo. Look. It’s the Amazons. They’re gay!' And when you start to think about giving the concept of Themyscira its due, the answer is, 'How can they not all be in same sex relationships?' Right? It makes no logical sense otherwise. It’s supposed to be paradise. You’re supposed to be able to live happily. You’re supposed to be able — in a context where one can live happily, and part of what an individual needs for that happiness is to have a partner — to have a fulfilling, romantic and sexual relationship. And the only options are women. But an Amazon doesn’t look at another Amazon and say, 'You’re gay.' They don’t. The concept doesn’t exist. Now, are we saying Diana has been in love and had relationships with other women? As Nicola and I approach it, the answer is obviously yes. And it needs to be yes for a number of reasons. But perhaps foremost among them is, if no, then she leaves paradise only because of a potential romantic relationship with Steve [Trevor]. And that diminishes her character. It would hurt the character and take away her heroism."

No, Wonder Woman is not her sexual orientation. But having her confirmed as a queer character is a huge leap forward in humanizing those of us that fall somewhere between straight and gay on the LGBT spectrum. Diana Prince is a compassionate hero, a grizzled warrior, an adept diplomat…and a bisexual.

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Linguistic INNOVATION ha ha.
A thrice-weekly webcomic written and illustrated by Reza Farazmand. New comics every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
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Sadly, the writing activities (if there is any writing at all) in college classes rarely emphasize these strategies; see the article for detailed advice about each one:
Challenge yourself to be more concise.
Identify your bad habits.
Pair up with another writer.
Build disciplined feedback into writing processes.
 
We all think that problems of writing quality are somebody else’s fault.
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$510 for a 3-credit class probably matches also the real cost for the classes I teach as well, which are high-touch, writing-intensive classes (my salary cost, including benefits, per student is appx. $325, and assume 30% overhead costs). But somehow my school manages to charge students $1000, plus a $120 fee (a.k.a. penalty) for taking the class online. Where does the money go...
quote Georgia Tech decided to do something different. It charges online students the smallest amount necessary to cover its costs. That turned out to be $510 for a three-credit class

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/29/upshot/an-online-education-breakthrough-a-masters-degree-for-a-mere-7000.html?emc=edit_tnt_20160928&nlid=17875438&tntemail0=y&_r=1
A Georgia Tech computer science program at drastically reduced prices could change the way we think about the problem of college costs.
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But we have wind energy in Oklahoma. No hamster wheels or pizza required! :-)
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let me try! :-)
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