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Laura Gibbs
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Mwahahaha. Perfect for class announcements!
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Here is a new reading guide for the ACK comic book series that I will be using in my Indian Epics class last year; the idea is that these will be on reserve for the students to read in our Library. The comic books are optional (there are fully online reading options plus paperback book options), but I am thinking the students are really going to like this. I know I am going to enjoy writing up these guides: so much fun! I need to write up a separate post to explain how I am doing this; getting to select the comic books and write up the guides will be one of my big tasks for the summer-to-come!
This is a guide to The Sons of Rama: Luv and Kush — The Invincible Twins (Volume 503). You can find it at Amazon. [I'll add the Bizzell Library Call Number when the books are processed.] In the commentary below, I have ...
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Oh, I am so grateful to +Marc Schnau for letting me know about this one. How wonderful!
 
#MC_Fables  
4 MARCH - 11 JULY 2015

This exhibition focuses on the real and mythical animals that appear in the legends, tales, and fables of the Islamic world. Divided into the natural quadrants of earth, air, fire, and water, these marvellous creatures introduce timeless stories such as the well-known and beloved classics: Shahnameh, Kalila wa Dimna and 1001 Nights.

More information http://www.mia.org.qa/en/marvellous-creatures
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Thanks to +Jesse Stommel I had an excuse to share #ShakespeareanLOLCats  over at Twitter today, so I thought I would share them here too, it being #Caturday  and all :-)
http://goproverbs.blogspot.com/search/label/LOLCats%3A%20Shakespeare
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And in response to Dave's challenge someone re-shared something Dave wrote... VERY useful; I had not see this before!
quote The rhizomatic view of learning reflects an organic, practical approach to thinking about learning and knowledge. It has a distinct connection to the traditional academic knowledge model, with its interlinking references and people. Each piece of information and knowledge is interlinked and supported by at least one other element, with no one place where knowledge about a matter begins or ends. The rhizomatic model, in contrast to the academic one, keeps the knowledge in the people and in the community rather than distilling it into a paper based product.
http://davecormier.com/edblog/2010/01/27/community-as-curriculum-vol-2-the-guild-distribute-continuum/
“Community as Curriculum“, in: D. Araya & M.A. Peters, Education in the Creative Economy: Knowledge and Learning in the Age of Innovation, New York: Peter Lang, 2010. This text is an extract of a forthcoming book ((Spring 2010) Education in the Creative Economy: Knowledge and Learning in the Age ...
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Oh, here is another very thought-provoking #Rhizo15 response to Dave's challenge; the response I left is here:
Thanks, Nick - such an important conversation! I'm not prepared to equate assessment with measurement (measurement seems to me something non-subjective; it is measuring against a stick, a meter, a standard), but I do agree that we need to make learning VISIBLE: to students as they learn, to teachers as we help them learn, to administrators who watch over the process, to all the people who care about the outcomes (families, employers, the "public" etc.). But the evidence I want to show is not necessarily measurement data. Instead, I want to show student WORK, directly. That would be a lot to show, but I would settle for RANDOM instances to make it manageable (not the best, not the worst, let the magic power of randomness sort that out): if there are 1000 students in a school, show evidence for 10 or 100 of them at random in the form of learning portfolios. That is something I would far prefer to the results of standardized tests... and in my classes, I don't give tests, but the students do all have writing to share and show! :-)
Project Nominations: a special post for #Rhizo15
http://anatomy.lauragibbs.net/2015/04/project-nominations-special-post-for.html
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https://avisodemiranda.wordpress.com/you-cant-measure-learning/
Dave Cormier says we live in a world obsessed with measurement. This is true, many have seen the potential for monetization in measurement, and that has led to a lot of meaningless measurement dres...
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+Mark Thomas The impression I got from the post was that the impulse to measure is pragmatic, hence my comment about what I think is a better pragmatic solution (make learning visible). I definitely felt like Nick has the same doubts we all do when we see the gap between what our students achieve and the numbers that are reported. He labels that a political problem rather than a pedagogical problem, and I think he is very much right about that. And, sadly, it seems like our national discussion is all about those politics now, shutting teachers and pedagogy out of the discussion. And I see that at my school, too, public university... where there is almost never any talk about actual teaching. Argh, drives me crazy!
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Am I the happiest teacher ever? Yep, I think so. :-)
http://indianepics-dellafemina.blogspot.com/2015/04/online-education-review.html
I have taken only two other online course before this one. I would have happily taken more, however they usually fill up rather quickly. I think that for students, online courses are an excellent opportunity to exercise their...
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+Marc Schnau For the final review week, I posed three open-ended questions about Writing, General Education, and Online Courses since those are the three reasons people would end up in one of my courses. I'm learning lots from their replies, esp. their perspectives on Gen. Ed. courses. :-)
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And here's another one! These are so much fun to write!!! I really like the way I will be able to interweave these with the other resources for class (text, images)... will it be enough to lure the students into the Library...? I think so!!!!!
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An end-of-semester post for #Rhizo15  ... with a Shakespeare LOLCat too! :-)
#CaturdayEveryday  
http://oudigitools.blogspot.com/2015/04/rhizomes-against-tide-culture-of-school.html
Yesterday I wrote something about MSW and the time management challenges I face as a teacher: each week, I try to interact one-on-one with each of my students (90 total, across 3 classes) in a meaningful way, providing feedba...
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Summer is sooooo close. I am playing around with how to write the reading guides for Amar Chitra Katha. I did this jataka one as a test, and I'm about to start writing up the reading guides for Ramayana-related materials. Wish me luck! This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done. I really want to make this GREAT for the students. I think they are going to like it a lot. Fingers crossed!!! :-)
http://ackguide.blogspot.com/2015/04/guide-monkey-stories-vol-543.html #OpenTeachingOU  
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+Suzanne Catty I have a unit on Chinese Monkey in my Myth-Folklore class! It is one that the students enjoy so much too!!! :-)
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And here is yet ANOTHER great post in response to Dave #Rhizo15  challenge. I can really connect to the un-measured map of learning that Maren describes here, which matches up very much with my own subject areas: writing works much like fine art (or, anyway, I believe that it should!), and of course anthropology is very much akin to folklore and mythology (my courses used to be crosslisted in the Anthropology dept, in fact, until they got delisted, which was bureaucratic red tape at work).
quote Instead of content, there was practice. Instead of grades awarded or exams passed, there was an ever growing debris of objects and information that together served as a physical record of the process of learning.
https://marendeepwell.wordpress.com/2015/04/25/rhizo15-week-2/
Contributing something #rhizo15 is part of my ongoing effort to become an open practitioner. This week's topic, learning is a non-counting noun, made me reflect on how my own ideas of how we can co...
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And here is another lovely #Rhizo15 response to Dave's challenge, this time from +Sandra Sinfield :-) 
I especially like this way to describing what an A might be:
A: met the criteria – and demonstrated engagement, joy and/or enthusiasm.
+Justin Schwamm you know i think of you when I see joy invoked! 
http://lastrefugelmu.blogspot.co.uk/2015/04/rhizo15-blog-2-counting.html
This week Dave asks us – if you can’t measure learning – what can you count? http://rhizomatic.net/2015/04/22/learning-is-not-a-counting-noun-so-what-should-we-count/ Or as Dave says it:   This week’s challenge Get o...
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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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