Desert of My Real Life

Searching

Searching starts well, telling the story of a young family entirely through their interactions with a computer. We see the moment when the daughter is old enough to get her account on the computer. We see first days of school, birthdays, and other celebrations through the photos, videos, and emails that the family puts on the…

Advocating for “Open”

Because NH students have the highest student loan debt in the country, I think every instructor in public higher education in the state has an obligation to minimize student expenses in whatever way we can. One of the things faculty can individually control is our choice of educational materials. To me, this means that faculty…

Juliet, Naked

Nick Hornby's enjoyable novels have been made into some great movies--About a Boy and High Fidelity come to mind. Juliet, Naked is one of my favorite Hornby novels and this adaptation is the best yet, I think. Chris O'Dowd is perfect as super-fan Duncan and Rose Byrne is wonderful as his girlfriend, Annie. But Ethan Hawke…

Integrated Clusters, General Education, and the Creative Commons

Plymouth State University's president came to campus three years ago with a vision that, at the time, he called "Strategic Clusters" (which has since been rebranded as "Integrated Clusters"). I thought (and still think) the vision is exactly the direction that higher education should move in. As we have begun to implement this vision at…

End of Summer Movies

I have gotten behind in writing my mini movie reviews. So here is a post to talk about the movies I have seen in the last month and a half. Sorry to Bother You I saw this at the Cinemagic Theater in Hooksett, NH with Ann, Pat, and Al. I didn't really know what to…

Reflections on Digital Pedagogy Lab 2018

I attended the Digital Pedagogy Lab (DPL) at Mary Washington University in Fredericksburg, VA July 31-August 3, 2018. The information I learned in my track, Design for Change, pertains directly to the kind of change that Plymouth State University is experiencing. The workshop, led by Amy Collier of Middlebury College, focused on the relationship between…

Leave No Trace

No actor plays "damaged" better than Ben Foster. I loved the movie Hell or High Water, which pitted a poor Texas family against evil bankers. Chris Pine is a great actor and he was fully matched by Foster as his over-the-top, impulsive, crazy brother who makes an ultimate sacrifice so that Pine's character can save…

Creative Commons Certification

I just started a new certification program developed by the Creative Commons organization. The description of the certification says, "The CC Certificate powers you with knowledge to better advise your institution on creating and engaging with openly licensed works. You will learn how to adapt and innovate on existing openly licensed materials–keeping your institution’s knowledge…

Hearts Beat Loud

Nick Offerman (of Parks and Recreation fame) plays a likeable dad who owns a record store in this movie. He has raised his daughter alone after his wife's death in a bicycling accident. His daughter (played by Kiersey Clemons) has just graduated from high school in New York and is spending her summer taking a…