Teaching & Learning

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Where Will I Send My High Achieving Latina Daughter to College?

First it’s important to note, this is not a humble brag blog entry, this is a post written out of serious worry about future educational opportunities, and not just for my kid of color. In California, if you are born after September 2, you have to attend “Transitional Kindergarten (TK)” and then begin regular Kindergarten […]
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Next Steps …

In my last post I talked about successfully defending my dissertation. In this post I turn to a discussion of what happens now. So I might be in the majority or the minority of recent dissertation completers (I am not sure) but I did not secure a job prior to finishing my dissertation. Because I […]
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Divestment, Activism, and Voice III

Unbeknownst to me, on the day that the faculty published their letter about the university’s role in sweatshops in Bangladesh the students who were concerned about the issue decided to stage a sit-down protest outside of the president’s office. They wanted to talk with the President. The university went into overdrive. Department of Public Safety […]
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Lovey Sevilla

On August 10, 2014, I lost a dear friend, adopted older sister, mentor, and colleague. After a valiant fight with her illness, she died peacefully surrounded by family and friends. I had met Lovell Sevilla, or as her friends called her “Lovey,” when I first starting working as an academic advisor at UCLA in 2001. […]
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The strengths and weaknesses of competency-based learning in a digital age

Chapter 5 of my open textbook, ‘Teaching in a Digital Age‘, is now published. In Chapter 5, I developed the concept of a learning environment. I am now working on Chapter 6, ‘Models for Designing Teaching and Learning.’ In my last two posts I discussed respectively the appropriateness of the classroom model and the ADDIE model for a digital age. […]
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What UBC has learned about doing MOOCs

Engle, W. (2104) UBC MOOC Pilot: Design and Delivery Vancouver BC: University of British Columbia The University of British Columbia, a premier public research university in Canada, successfully delivered five MOOCs in the spring and summer of 2013, using the Coursera platform. This report is an evaluation of the experience. The report is particularly valuable […]
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Divestment, Activism, and Voice II

Last spring there was discussion about the need for ‘SC to stop doing business with companies that work in Bangladesh. I was asked by a variety of different individuals and groups to sign one or another letter. Before I sign on to things I feel that I need to do my homework and in a […]
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Transforming university teaching and learning: UBC’s strategy for flexible learning

UBC campus, Vancouver BC Flexible Learning Implementation Team (2014) Flexible Learning – Charting a Strategic Vision for UBC (Vancouver Campus. Vancouver BC: Office of the Provost, University of British Columbia The University of British Columbia is one of Canada’s premier research universities with almost 60,000 students. It usually features within the top 30 universities worldwide in […]
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Good Stuff x 2

During the 2014–2015 school year, I am very much looking forward to piloting wrap-around curriculum for the games we developed in collaboration with the USC Game Innovation Lab. The first up is FutureBound. FutureBound is a game designed to engage middle school students in learning about college. Through game play, students develop an understanding for […]
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Where’s Rieber Hall?

Late one night last fall, I ended up driving through the UCLA campus after the LA Metro Transportation Authority, Caltrans, and Kiewit decided to reroute me and other drivers off the 405 freeway for the one-millionth time in the last five years, but I digress. I attended UCLA as an undergrad and then worked on […]