Ask An Immigrant, Australian Edition [Podcast]

Australian Immigrant and special podcast guest David Sharrard Noffs

My podcast guest David hails from Australia, and despite a delightful accent and white European descent he confidently assures me that America was not exactly the land of opportunity for him when he arrived. If you’re anything like me, then every accent you hear is a conversation waiting to happen. But if you’re not from here, […]

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Chicago’s Urban Oasis, the Garfield Park Conservatory

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As someone who considers himself a knower of Chicago attractions, I’ve managed to somehow never visit the Garfield Park Conservatory. Now, I can’t say enough good things about it, and I highly recommend that you visit. To my credit, the conservatory is not as well promoted as comparable attractions like the Chicago Botanical Garden, or […]

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Make It Stick! Techniques for Learning.

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Co-authored by Jeanne Kerl, Instructional Designer How do you know that what you’re teaching is truly sticking with students? Do their test scores reveal it? Or does that only show that they remembered and recalled it for the exam? Do students leave you confident that they can apply skills and knowledge when they’ll really need […]

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USB Microphones: Use Case and Comparison

Would you agree that bad audio can ruin a good video, presentation, or recording? Most certainly. A while back, I identified mobile mics for recording interview audio on the go. Today, we’ll listen to and compare five USB microphones, illustrate their uses in online instruction, and identify a few principles that will help us get […]

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External Mics for Android, iPhone: Use Case and Comparison

Lavalier microphone for mobile

At the university where I work, it came to my attention that our faculty would like to record interviews with colleagues to include as content in their courses; a practice we highly encourage. As professional practitioners they have access to experts and clients with all types of experience that can add real world context and […]

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Spam Musubi Recipe, Tips and Assembly

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If you’ve found this page, there’s no doubt you’ve experienced the textures and flavors of the famed Spam Musubi, and are looking to assemble your own. I can’t believe I am eating this(((spam musubi))) More importantly I can’t believe my husband has mastered making it!! #spam #rice #yum #sogood #sundaufunday #calories #teryiaki #itsthesauce #homecooking A […]

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An Education

Somehow in the last 3 months I’ve managed to see 5 of the 10 films nominated for Best Picture and IMO, this movie was really something special Plot Summary: The film takes place in 1960’s London (or specifically the suburb of Twickenham).  Sixteen year old Jenny lives with her parents. On her father’s wishes, everything that Jenny […]

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