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Robert Talbert
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New at Casting Out Nines: An idea from the flipped learning book I'm working on about why a prof would switch from traditional to flipped instruction. I have three ideas about this but none of them may be good. Need your input.

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It's more fun. Profs work with individual students on math, chem, whate'er their passion is. They don't talk their way through PowerPoints, something they're not trained to do, and many don't enjoy.


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New at Casting Out Nines: Some thoughts inspired by +Kate Owens on using the EMRF rubric in a standards-based/specs grading course. It's more interesting than it sounds. Enjoy.

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One of my Discrete Structures students made this amazing video. Do yourself a favor and watch. How fortunate we profs are to work with these up-and-coming young men and women who are going to go on to do great things.

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New at Casting Out Nines: Beginning with the grade in mind. Now in TWO (count 'em) TWO locations:

At my blog -- rtalbert.org/blog, see top post
On Medium, for those who are having access issues to my website -- see link below
Happy New Year everybody. This post is the first one I’ve made since November 2015, but I am making an effort to get bac…
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Great ideas ... I might try this myself!
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Saw this making the rounds on Twitter this morning and it looks excellent. Good discussion fodder for our group here. 
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Your semester has a calming-down point? What's that like? :)
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I'd like to interrupt your New Years Eve festivities to show you something I'm working on for my Discrete Structures 2 course, which uses SBSG. It's a Trello board that will serve as kind of the master location for preparatory materials, daily homework, and assessments on learning targets. You can learn more about what this does by clicking on the link below, going to the left-most list of cards and clicking on the top card titled HOW TO USE THIS BOARD.

Each card on this board is like a Post-It note with metadata. There are cards for lessons (stuff we do before class and in class that address one or more learning targets) and cards for individual learning targets. The lessons are linked (literally) to the learning targets (but not vice versa; although I could change this). The lesson cards contain a spiffy cover image; links to the cards for learning targets addressed in that lesson; a link to a Jupyter notebook with background reading/video, preview activities to do before class, and daily homework to do before class and discuss in class. As we move through the lessons, I'll move the lesson card from "Learning Soon" to "Now Learning" to "Learning to Be Assessed" to "Assessed" so students will have a sense of what's current and what's past.

Eventually each learning target card will contain links to tutorial and support materials on that target; specifications for acceptable work on that target; sample assessments; and anything else that could be helpful. (Attaching stuff to cards is trivial once the stuff is made.)

So what students are supposed to do with this board is this. When a lesson is coming up (for example, we are doing Lesson 1 on January 20) the student goes to the board; finds the lesson card (in the "Now Learning" column); clicks on the card and goes to the Lesson notes that are linked to it. The notes involve reading and viewing, working Preview Activities, and then working Daily Homework. The student should also note the Learning Target(s) that are linked. By clicking on the link to the learning target, the student is taken to that target's card which as I said will eventually contain a bunch of helpful stuff attached to it. Then later, once the lesson has been done and moved to "To Be Assessed" or "Assessed", the student can go back to the learning targets s/he needs to be assessed on and access the support materials.

I'm pretty happy with this setup but I am wondering -- will this be too much for students to handle? Should I set up a separate area on Blackboard that holds a static list of the learning targets and links to the lesson notes, so students don't have to deal with this board? Or do I just make students deal with it, as it's a way to integrate the lessons with the learning targets and therefore good for them?

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Organize anything, together. Trello is a collaboration tool that organizes your projects into boards. In one glance, know what's being worked on, who's working on what, and where something is in a process.
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So… Trello as LMS? I'm thinking this would be great to show off at the Tech Symposium in March.
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Inspired by +Kate Owens' questions about the EMRF rubric, I wrote a blog post about how I am using it. Part 1 is the setup and how the outcomes of EMRF play into the letter grade assignment scheme. Part 2 later this week will have some examples.

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I'm wondering about such granular modifications to Pass/No Pass assessment - doesn't it just replicate A/B/C/D? As a humanist, looking at these categories, I see little difference from how I assign letter grades to essays. I'm jumping into spec grading for the first time this spring, and one of the assets in my mind is avoiding such granularity - both to avoid me stressing about which level to "grade" a project, and students stressing about "how can I get more Es?". So how does this system avoid those traps?
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New at Casting Out Nines: Lecture is not bad. (But...) Because I love controversy apparently.

This is actually a remixed excerpt from the book I am writing for Stylus Publishing, Flipped Learning in the University Classroom: A Users Guide that hopefully will see the light of day in 2017.

The link below is the story on Medium. To see it on my actual blog, click here: http://rtalbert.org/blog/2016/lecture-is-not-bad-but/ You may need to reload the page a few times and/or clear the browser cache due to the DNS shenanigans from earlier in the week. 
My course evaluations for Fall 2015 were, by and large, fine. The ratio of positive comments to negative comments about …
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in blog spot, you can enable mathjax and display math with tex or mathml
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New at Casting Out Nines: Quick post to start off 2016 about how I hope to get students thinking differently about their course grades this semester. (We start back tomorrow.)

Happy New Year everybody. This post is the first one I’ve made since November 2015, but I am making an effort to get back on the wagon and write here more of...
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I am ridiculously hyped for Season 2. 
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I received this thank-you card over the break, completely out of the blue by a random person in Raleigh, NC who found the video playlist for our transition-to-proof course (MTH 210). It's good to be reminded sometimes that your work makes an impact you can't always see directly in front of you.
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  • Dickson County High School
    1985 - 1988
  • Tennessee Technological University
    Mathematics, 1988 - 1992
  • Vanderbilt University
    Mathematics, 1992 - 1997
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Math professor at Grand Valley State University. Catholic, Dad, writer, cat herder. My views != GVSU's
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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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I've eaten here twice, once with a group from work and once with my family. Service each time was a bit on the slow side but friendly, at least. Food on the first visit was pretty good -- I had the turkey pita which was very tasty, but the wait staff forgot the side of chipotle mayo that was supposed to come with it. On the second visit I had the southwest chicken wrap which was bland and dry; my wife had the fajita wrap which had the opposite problem, so much liquid in the fajita that it was almost impossible to eat without sliming yourself. Overall I wasn't impressed with the food. I'd like to like Main St. Pub more, since I live and work in Allendale and it's one of the few nice sit-down places we have here, but they just really need to step up their game. This place could seriously benefit from a little competition. Put in a Chili's or a Friday's next door to this place and you'll have basically the same kind of dining experience but with better food.
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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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