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Sneak a little science in: blogs in teaching

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I have been traveling and speaking a lot this semester, perhaps too much. Because we’ve both had so many traveling commitments this year, for the last month I’ve hardly seen my husband, because he’s away one week and I’m away the next. But a few of my speaking engagements have been on campus, which certainly makes things easier.

The talk I’m about to share is is on blogging and teaching, for a campus brown bag series on technology in teaching here at the University of Illinois. This is the first time I’ve ever given a talk on pedagogy instead of research, and it was quite fun. I got to talk about blogging, about the many things I’ve tried that totally failed in the beginning, and what seems to have gone well to help me “sneak a little science in” for the non-science majors that I mostly teach. The attendees had great questions at the end and it was a good conversation.

And of course, in the spirit of appreciating technology in teaching, the folks who convened the brown bag recorded the talk. Enjoy!

Kate Clancy About the Author: Dr. Kate Clancy is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois. She studies the evolutionary medicine of women’s reproductive physiology, and blogs about her field, the evolution of human behavior and issues for women in science. Find her comment policy here. Follow on Twitter @KateClancy.

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  1. 1. notanester 10:15 am 11/4/2011

    Thanks for coming to Knoxville! :)

    Just wondering, will a version of this vid show up on youtube? I’d love to watch it but… no captions appear to be available (even the automated and sometimes error-laden captions youtube offers would be helpful)!

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  2. 2. kclancy 2:17 pm 11/4/2011

    Hi notanester, nice to hear from you! :)

    That is a great question. The University of Illinois takes a lot of pride in thinking well about disabilities, and yet… we don’t have a transcript or captions for these talks, and we use our own video software rather than something more widely accessible. This is a problem. I am going to email a few folks today to see if we can either provide transcripts or captioning, or put it on youtube for the automated captions. I’m so glad you wrote me about this, thank you.

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  3. 3. jasongoldman 4:25 pm 11/30/2011

    Is the video embedded here broken? Doesn’t seem to want to play…

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  4. 4. kclancy 5:27 pm 11/30/2011

    It works for me. Unfortunately it isn’t on youtube or vimeo, it’s a format that seems to be specific to Illinois. It is very, very slow to load. But I get the impression they don’t like putting the videos elsewhere. Not good for sharing.

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