Color Value

To understand color value, think how a color changes as either more and more white paint is added versus more and more black. In the digital realm, value change can only operate on a slider along a single side of a color picker.

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Techniques for Innovation

Last Fall, during our inaugural launch of the CITE Fellows program, our Instructional Design Team was faced with a difficult challenge: how can we pair CITE faculty with Designers to work on innovative projects that have never been seen before? We came up with a few...

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Mobile in the Classroom in Starship Troopers.

Mobile in the Classroom in Starship Troopers.

I love the tablets the students are using in this scene in Starship Troopers. It's also interesting to see that the traditional arrangement of the classroom has remained and is only augmented by the devices that are clearly distractions to sanctioned learning, but...

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“Testing Day”

“Testing Day”

This Twilight Zone episode ("Testing Day") is another example of dehumanized educational practices. Truth serum? Not to mention the fact that the smart kids are disposed of... but doesn't this reflect our tendency towards eliminating those who are different?

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Dr. Who’s “The Beast Below”

Dr. Who’s “The Beast Below”

In true Dr. Who dystopian style, education has become a mechanized, inhuman high-stakes testing arena. The draw to this kind of education is both economic and conformist. Personally, I loath this vision of the future in education.

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A Review of a Review of a Book I Haven’t Yet Read

I work with a shockingly bright group of Instructional Designers, a team of 12 professionals from crazily diverse backgrounds. I often refer to them as the X-Men even though it's kind of a misnomer (since we're 75% female). We possess a wide range of skills, from...

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Why I Dislike Google+

Originally this post was called "How To Automatically Share Google+ Posts on Twitter and Facebook." Except, as it turns out, you can't do this.   At least not in a way that I've figured out yet.   I was hoping to be able to talk to and share with my students via...

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The Birth of the Author

In 1967 Roland Barthes announced the "The Death of the Author." His assertion was that all authors are collage artists, merely stitching together previous utterances, whether from speech overheard or from the texts of the past. All writing, according to Barthes, "is...

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How to Be Your Own IT Support

Being your own IT Support staff means being willing to solve your own problems AND knowing where to look.   1. First of all, when in doubt, Google it! Teach yourself and your students how to use Google better using Google for Educators.   One of the more...

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What Are Faculty Really Afraid Of?

In making the transition from a solely face-to-face teacher to an online educator, I've had to uncover and address some of my own biases toward what "online education" looks like... and I've realized that they are many. I keep thinking about the job of faculty here at...

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