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Robert Talbert
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Attended Dickson County High School
Lives in Allendale, MI
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Attention math job seekers- My department is hiring three visiting positions for the fall. It's an awesome place to work. We haven't put the job ad online yet, but leave a comment if you're interested (or email me) and I'll get you the details. 
 
We're hiring! We have three (3) one-year visiting positions, renewable annually for up to two additional years, starting this fall. Official announcement is coming soon, but inquire if interested. 
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I finally got around to a reboot of my professional website. It's at a new location -- rtalbert.org -- and has info on my teaching, research, and speaking/consulting. 

Thanks a lot to +Theron Hitchman and +Vincent Knight for answering many silly questions about GitHub Pages, Jekyll, and web hosting as I put this together. 
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New at CO9s: This is sort of a response to +Kris Shaffer's post I linked a little earlier today and has some of the things I've learned in the last few weeks, putting together and teaching my fully-online Calculus 1 course. 
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Hey folks, especially those in Canada or those in business/econ/finance fields, I am doing the keynote at this event in Toronto on May 25 and it would be awesome if you came. Click on the link for registration. 
AGENDA   8:00   Registration for those joining the CPA Breakfast   8:30  CPA Breakfast featuring Sandy Hilton, Director of Education, CPA Canada Join Sandy Hilton, Director of Education, CPA Canada as he discusses instructional design issues and changes within PEP and PREP programs over the past year and potential implications to PSIs. He will also review CPA accreditation options.   9:00  General Registration  10:00   Opening Remarks   10:15 Ke...
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Hey, thanks for the heads up ... unfortunately I'm in Calgary that week for a workshop.
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This is a question for +Theron Hitchman and +Vincent Knight although I'm leaving it public for anybody to comment on. 

I would like to set up a website using Github Pages and Jekyll like you guys have done. This would house my professional site (currently at www.proftalbert.com) as well as a blog. I would not be using it for classes (initially). I'd like to have Disqus commenting, MathJax, code snippets, and G+/Twitter sharing available. 

Question: What's the best approach for getting started here? I see the basic Jekyll documentation as well as something called Octopress and a few other services such as Jekyll Now, and it's hard to know where to jump in. 
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1. My site is in fact various sites (this is what I meant by 'separate github repositories')'.
2. My blog actually has the posts on the index page of that page
3. You can use the templating to change that if you wanted to.

The way jekyll works is basically:

- Markdown files which are in essence your data base
- Template files (can be markdown or html) which use your database
- Jekyll which stiches them all together.

So for example in your template files you've have things like {% for post in site.posts %} (or something similar). That is just a for loop that you can put anywhere (for example you can put it on the index.html page or on any other page). My course sites are good examples of this.

Perhaps, once you've gone through the very basic jekyll tutorial (apologies if you have already done this) and understand how that works take a look through those repos I linked to, you've see how everything is super flexible.

Let me know if that doesn't clarify things, we can always have a hangout to look through it together :)
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Free/cheap is good. Also nice to be in the same space as +Jon Bergmann . 
From screencasting to interactive presentations, here are some resources to get a flipped class off the ground.
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As a young priest, Michael Fitzgerald studied Islam and served the Vatican in Muslim countries. Devoted to promoting Catholic-Muslim understanding, he's now teaching Jesuit students about the Quran.
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Yes, that's Grand River Ravines North right next to the little house that is at the end of the paved path. I may take you up on the Tues rides at some point (more people = easier to fight back against aggressive motorcyclists)
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I like most of +Kris Shaffer 's blog posts, but this one especially resonated with me since he and I are both teaching online for the first time. Mapping flipped learning pedagogy into an online course is a very interesting and perplexing problem. He and I are coming to some of the same conclusions, I think.  
Is it possible to “flip” an online class?
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I'm very pleased to have contributed a chapter on calculus to this volume about flipped learning in the college classroom. The editors did a great job bringing together a diverse collection of disciplines and practitioners to make a really useful go-to volume about the flipped classroom where you can see how it works in nursing, calculus, history, and more. It's available for pre-order now! 
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Nice. 
We are pleased to announce that, starting today, and as announced on the GitHub blog, Jupyter/IPython notebook (.ipynb) files will render directly on GitHub. This feature works for notebooks in any of the supported Jupyter programming languages on both...
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Have to get my groove on to grade all these final timed assessments. 
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Education
  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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Mathematics, technology, education, family, faith, music, enjoying life.
Introduction
I'm a professor in the Mathematics Department at Grand Valley State University in Allendale/Grand Rapids, Michigan. I teach courses for mathematics majors, preservice mathematics instructors, engineers, and computer scientists. I'm also the department tech guy. Prior to coming here in 2011, I was at Franklin College in Indiana from 2001--2011 and at Bethel College in Indiana from 1997--2001. 

I received my PhD in mathematics from Vanderbilt University in 1997 in the areas of algebraic topology and homological algebra. My advisor was Efstratios Prassidis. My dissertation dealt with algebraic equivalences between two different kinds of homology theories. These days, my interests lie in algebra, cryptography, mathematics education, and engineering education. I'm especially interested in educational technology and how technology can support active learning environments in the university classroom. 

I live in Allendale with my wife, three kids (ages 3, 6, and 8) and our cat. We're Christians of the Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod persuasion. We're living the good life, with the beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan just 15 minutes west and a vibrant small city 15 minutes east, and a very cool job at one of the best public universities in the country in the middle. 
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Dad of three awesome kids. Husband to one awesome wife. Was an extra in "Ernest Goes to Camp".
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Mathematics professor
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  • Grand Valley State University
    Associate Professor of Mathematics, 2011 - present
  • Franklin College
    Associate Professor of Mathematics and Computing Science, 2001 - 2011
  • Bethel College
    Assistant Professor of Mathematics, 1997 - 2001
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Allendale, MI
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Hudsonville, MI - White Bluff, TN USA - Bargersville, IN USA - Nashville, TN - South Bend, IN - Cookeville, TN - Whiteland, IN
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Best pizza in Hudsonville/Jenison area. I'm partial to the Hawaiian pizza, which has a delicious mix of sweet/salty in the ham and pineapple. My wife likes the deluxe. My kids could live off the breadsticks. Overall outstanding food at a decent price with good service.
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