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[caption id="attachment_606" align="alignleft" width="184"]2016-05-03-19-37-29 Patrick Kellycooper ’16, Best Senior Symposia at the WSP dinner. Pic: @profrehn[/caption]

I’m excited that the Whittier Scholars Program here at Whittier College has just launched the beta version (or maybe alpha…) of our new ePortfolio system! This digital hub for Whittier Scholars will be rolled out over the next two years.... Read More | Share it now!

Slides from Council of Independent Colleges, Consortium on Digital Resources

I had a wonderful time presenting tonight at the opening dinner for the Consortium. (My first keynote. So glad it’s over, and that you all kindly laughed at the jokes.) Thanks so much to Susan Barnes Whyte for the invitation, and to Richard Ekman for the opportunity. Here are my slides. Please get in touch if you have any questions. I’m always reachable on Twitter: @profrehn.... Read More | Share it now!

When do you say “no” to invitations?

It is a commonplace of academic life that we all need to learn to say “no” to requests and opportunities. The ability to determine our own priorities is a great privilege–one that not all of us are lucky enough to have. I am, therefore, grateful to know that I can turn down invitations. However, I rarely actual do.... Read More | Share it now!

Perforating #aacu16 Annual Meeting

snowzillaLast month (during the epic Snowzilla), Maha Bali, Christina Hendricks, Janine DeBaise, and I presented a talk at the Association of American Colleges and Universities Annual Meeting (#aacu16). Maha and I spoke (Maha via Google Hangout) and Christina and Janine contributed writing and ideas in advance. Maha has also recently mentioned the talk in an article for CHE’s Profhacker blog.... Read More | Share it now!

“Inglorious Bloggers” are glorious students

This semester I taught WSP101 a second time. This time, like last time, much of the work students did was public: they blogged on Medium.com, they posted to the class hashtag on Twitter, and we read and commented on each others’ posts as a way toward peer-to-peer learning about both digital writing and about whatever the individual person’s interests might be. Some students chose to write under their own names, some wrote under aliases. All thought carefully about their chosen digital identity for the class. Many tweeted under linked accounts to our class hashtag #wsp15.... Read More | Share it now!

Digital Commons

Recently, I gave a last minute invited lecture in Dave Bourgaise’s “Tragedy of the Commons” course. The course (sounds like a great one!) is a liberal education course that examines a the concept of the shared communal commons using both scientific and cultural analysis. My lecture introduced the third unit of the of the course, the “Digital Commons.” Here are my slides.... Read More | Share it now!