Musings about the Teaching of Statistics: The Best of Curious David

Below is a first draft outline of an ebook I am contemplating writing. I share it at this time welcoming feedback. I shall use this draft as part as a review for my PSY205 students. Here is a brief […]

Reflections on Writing Books With Carroll Undergraduates

One of my (many) failings as a professor has been underestimating what my students can do if sufficiently motivated, provided with a strong foundation of learning and skill sets, and given the time and resources to […]

Opening Pandora’s Box

I’m glancing at a research article “The Pandora Effect: The Power and Peril of Curiosity” by Christopher K. Hsee and Bowen Ruan recently published in the journal Psychological Science. Since my Oberlin undergraduate days I’ve been […]

Exceeding my Expectations: My Students Explore Book Writing

Throughout the 2015-2016 school year, we four undergraduate research assistants in “Dr. Simpson’s Neighborhood” have been familiarizing ourselves with several different learning tools described on Jane Hart’s Top 100 Learning Tools List. As we read about and played with […]

Reconnecting with Carroll Alumni Using LinkedIn Premium

While my undergraduate research students have independently of me been working hard on their ebook project (which they hope to share with me next week), I have been investing some time (and money) exploring different WordPress […]

Revisiting My Tool Box Tool by Tool: Take 5

Twitter: I often learn about a new technology learning tool here through selectively identifying “thought leaders.” I try to reciprocate with something that they might find of interest (@professorDavidS). YouTube: Sometimes I use this tool for […]

Dogs have often proven to be among my best teachers…

Today I am “dog-tired”—it was a three dog night yesterday as we celebrated a birthday with dear friends. Several summers ago I was humbled at how much I have yet to learn about teaching and about learning. A friend […]

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Yes, David: Reading Aloud

  I rediscovered the joys of reading aloud over the Christmas holidays when one of my Grandnieces, Annie, excitedly brought me her “No, David!” book and we giggled and squealed together at David’s “naughtiness.” I have fond memories […]

Thank You, Global Educators, for Your Impact

  A provocative blog piece by Luis Miguel Miñarro, an educator in La Mancha, Spain… We had “interacted” in prior years when he shared with me how he used Animoto  to make a Carnival 2014 video. Now we interact on Linked-in […]

Using Internet Tools to Maximize My Effectiveness Inside and Outside the Classroom

Earlier this morning I had a team meeting with two of my student research assistants before leaving for an off-campus meeting with my Schneider Consulting business partners, Jane and Greg Schneider. I gave these two student assistants […]

Heartfelt thanks to all my teachers I have never personally met—and one in particular

Winding up; winding down. As I shoveled cleaned out  organized books, folders, software, and files in my office today I came across materials from the First-Year Seminar “Pioneering Web 2.0 Learning Tools” I taught to 25 […]

On “Flow,” “Presence,” “Self-Actualization” and Constructive Mania

  I seem to be having an unusually productive day today. I am in a state of “Flow, “Presence,—self-actualization? I seem to be fully charged even though Leo the Great and I went outside at 2:00 a.m. […]

Curious David Revisits His Global Outreach Attempts

It’s past time for a more systematic global outreach by me and my students. Today I met briefly with some visitors from China. I wished them a Happy New Year of the Monkey. Then I began […]

Rediscovering VoiceThread

    I continue to be alerted to so many good ideas via my the personal learning resources on my twitter feed. Today I was reminded of the valuable potential of a learning tool I abandoned  and  hadn’t […]

Teaching Tools: SPSS, InStat, StarQuiz, Camtasia, and Research Randomizer.

  I am moving towards requiring that all my students demonstrate to me minimal mastery of the use of the technology-based teaching and learning tools I introduce into the classroom (e.g. Quizlet,  Starquiz). My esteemed student […]

15 Minutes in My Digital Life As a Professor

I’ve been so busy lately that yesterday I almost didn’t have time to change out of my academic regalia before beginning my PSY205 Statistics and Experimental Design course. Thanks to Jenny Percy for capturing this “precious moment”. My social […]

A Student-Generated WordPress Tutorial for My Carroll Students

Recently there has been a campus-wide discussion about the need to include writing experiences across the curriculum and across a student’s learning years here. I’ve become a strong believer in giving students opportunities to use blogging […]

Changes: How much tinkering should one do with a course that seems to work well?

Carroll has become a special place to me. I have been influenced greatly by its students, faculty, staff, administration, and alumni. By its traditions, theater productions and its music. There are lots of changes these days […]

Winding Up—Winding Down

With baseball season approaching (and a vague but definite retirement date in sight of no later than May, 2019), it is time to focus on accomplishing a number of things in the near future. One goal […]

What Do my Students Do in My Absence (Part 2): Lizzy and Tia’s Take on Voila

Voila is a great screen casting software that can be downloaded on your iMac, iPhone, and iPad. Since Evernote is getting rid of the software, Skitch, this new feature was created in place of it with […]

What do my research students do in my absence? Exploring Camtasia

Despite the semester only being a month old, I have been unusually busy with other Carroll matters at times when I ordinarily would be working side-by-side with my research assistants. Fortunately, they are reliable, competent, and […]

A Student’s Guide to Paper.li: Arianna’s Experience

We are currently examining different content curation services as to their strengths, weaknesses, ease of use, and usefulness to students. A very good guide to content curation developed by others can be found here: Paper.li is […]

What Good Books Have You Read This Year?

“What good books have you read this year?” recently asked my former student and fellow bibliophile, Susan Gusho recently on FaceBook. Susan, who like so many former students, continues to influence me in what I read […]

Why Twitter is Rising in Importance in My Personal Learning Program

It’s my research day. I just helped Leo the Great Pyr onto his Central Bark Doggie Day Care bus and had a team meeting with Lizzy and Alison, two of my student research assistants. Before I gave […]

Banishing Computer Clutter (Part 1)

I am about to go through all the different applications that I have on this Mac and attempt to winnow them. Then, I need to do the same for all my other machines. Yes, I have done this […]

Revisiting Mac Dictation Software — and Giving Thanks for Friendships

Across the years I have tried dictation software with mixed results. Oddly enough I was testing this kind of teaching/learning tool  (but in the company of a different dog) six years ago on this date! Here are […]

Revisiting Curation Software: A Student Guide to the Basics of Scoop.it

Dog tired as I try to bring the semester to a soft landing, I rely more and more on my student assistants to provide support in my research efforts. I invited student research assistants Alison and […]

Leveraging My Technology Learning Tools

I am sandwiching in (actually eating donuts!) some brief writing time between my two labs for Statistics and Experimental Design (PSY205). The students seem to have indeed come in prepared, having looked at the screen cast […]

“Don’t be who ISIS wants you to be”: Bloggers on Paris and Beirut

Others can better express these things than I. Hence, the repost of these important ideas: Bloggers in France, Lebanon, and beyond share their stories, analyses, and art after a week of violence. Source: “Don’t be who […]

A Student Guide to EverNote’s Skitch Feature

A new learning tool that Dr. Simpson introduced us to recently is Skitch. From what we have discovered so exploring the capabilities of this app it is very useful for easily creating visual aids. You can take a screenshot or upload […]

Glassy-Eyed from Bombardment by Buzzwords

Just finished reading an eclectic, creative book from the Bloombury Literary Studies  “Object Lessons” series by colleague John Garrison about Glass. I always enjoy reading things written by individuals who write better than I, see things which I […]

What Technology Learning Tools Should an Undergraduate Know? Alison Explores LinkedIn

Rapidly growing and expanding, LinkedIn is a social network for professional collaboration that facilitates connecting with classmates, faculty, and colleagues. Users create an online profile and can provide as much information about themselves as they see pertinent. To this profile, […]

Controlling my APPetite…

  Too many APPS. Too little time to master them. I’ve struggled with this issue before. Here (read me) and here and here and here:). I decided to consult with some members of what Howard Gardiner […]

Top 100 Learning Tools 2015 Redux: My Student Research Team’s Perspective

After learning more about the Top 100 Learning Tools by Jane Hart, we decided to revisit them from the perspectives of how we have been using the tools in our lives or how our opinions have changed about some […]

The Sounds of Carroll University

Dr. Simpson had the thought of making a video on the unique sounds of Carroll University. Alison and Lizzy decided to walk around campus taking recordings of sounds and pictures of the scenes. They decided to […]

PIO Sports Preview: David and Tia Try Out Mom’s Old IMac

Today Dr. Simpson and I had a chance to play around with his mother’s old IMac desktop computer, which we refer to as Pat after his mother. Our objective today was to see if Pat would […]

Preliminary Thoughts on Evernote from Alison and Lizzy’s Perspective

One of the Top 100 Learning Tools from Jane Hart that the research team wanted to learn more information about was Evernote. Each person individually made their own account to learn more about Evernote and share […]

What is the Role of a Faculty Adviser?

I’ve been reflecting lately on my role as faculty adviser to undergraduates here at Carroll and about those faculty who played such a crucial role in that capacity for me. Without doubt their influence shaped how and […]

Alison and Lizzy’s Adventures with iMovie

Over the past couple of weeks, we have explored different short videos on how to create an iMovie. After watching these videos, we decided to give iMovie a try of our own. Our first video was […]

Arianna’s Student Guide to Twitter

I’ve invited (required) my student research assistants to choose a technology learning tool and to write for me a “guide-book” explaining how the tool is useful to them as students. The guide-book must include hypertext links, […]

Cascading Technology Learning Tools Into the Classroom: Student Authored Guides

Inspired by the release of Jane Hart’s latest 2015 Learning Tool Guidebook (well worth the purchase and careful reading), my students and I are in the process of writing Student Guides to the tools THEY find of most value […]

Mapping New Directions for the Writings of Curious David: Winding Up or Winding Down?

Now that I’ve returned to writing this blog with some regularity, I’ve begun to have a sense of the directions I hope to take it—or it to take me. My present thoughts are to write more regularly, to […]

Further Exploration of Top 100 Learning Tools: Alison and Lizzy’s Perspective

Dr. Simpson wanted us to go through Jane Hart’s Best of Breed (subsets of the Top 100 leaning tools) looking at ten tools we would like to learn about or learn better. The first tool we looked […]

Something Old – Something New: A Brief Introduction to Effect Sizes

I’ll probably have to defer until this summer mastering the intricacies of “The New Statistics” championed by Geoff Cumming. I want to avoid throwing the baby out with the bath water as I attend to blend the […]

Adventures in Dr. Simpson’s Neighborhood: Four Reasons Why I Continue to Teach

Some of my most joyful teaching moments occur outside the classroom playfully interacting with my student research assistants. Today as I experimented with teaching capabilities of Vimeo and YouTube I invited two members of my research […]

Bridging the Academic and Business Worlds

In my teaching, research, writing and consulting I try to be a bridge-builder across admittedly different disciplines, cultures, and age groups. I enjoy reading the Harvard Business Review as well as Psychological Science. I just had accepted for publication a […]