Summer Research Project: City Magazines

I haven’t blogged much this summer because I’ve been hard at work on a research project, funded through a Student-Faculty Collaborative Research Grant at Linfield. The grant has given me the chance to purchase magazines for analysis and — best of all — hire a terrific student research assistant, Jaimie L. McDonald, for the summer. …

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Recipe for Dullness: Food in (Most) Magazines

I just finished reading a recent magazine. It featured a significant food section, with decadent recipes and attractive food photography. I flipped past those pages in record time to get to something more interesting. Why? These recipes had no story. Most of my recipes today come from blogs and from cookbooks written by those bloggers that …

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Flipping the Classroom Without Flipping Out

I’m getting more and more excited about redesigning my classes this summer around the “flipped classroom” concept. (You might want to read this before going on, if you are unfamiliar with this idea. Here’s a great explainer from EDUCAUSE in PDF form.) I don’t just lecture for entire class periods — not without at least some …

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