Office Hours for Spring 2014
- Monday/Wednesday/Friday, 10:00 to 10:50 A.M. in LB209
- Tuesday/Thursday, 11:00 to 12:00 A.M. in LB209
Please contact me by email if these times do not work with your schedule.
Courses I teach:
- ENG 106 Composition II (both Online, Face to Face, and Hybrid Evening course).
- LIT101 Introduction to Literature
- EDU255 Technology in the Classroom
All courses use Angel as a required resource.
I have been teaching at Hawkeye since 1996: my undergraduate degrees are in English and Psychology from Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. I then got a Master's degree in Composition and Rhetoric at Iowa State, and more recently earned a second Master's from the University of Northern Iowa in Educational Technology.
I write a monthly column for the Waterloo Courier's Business monthly publication, focusing on the use of technology, such as iPads, tablets and smartphones, review apps, and discuss using social media. To see my most recent column, you will need to pick up a print edition at your local Hy-Vee. The Columns for Fall 2012 are available on the Courier's Business website, as an interactive edition.
I was interviewed on Iowa Public Radio's Talk of Iowa for a project done with the Rural Lit Rally website last fall, in September 2012, featuring Ruth Suckow's short stories and books. I am the webmaster for the Ruth Suckow website, and my Introduction to Literature class was part of the project, interacting with others on a special Facebook page, where they discussed one of the stories we read in class, "A Rural Community," which is available for download at the Suckow site. The Hawkeye Library hosted a display of Writers with an Iowa Connection this Spring: Ruth Suckow was included in that exhibit. More recently, I completed work on a Wikipedia article about Ferner Nuhn, who was Ruth Suckow's husband, and a writer and literary critic.
Projects and Interests
iPads in the classroom: I helped pilot an iPad cart for various Education classes with several other teachers. I am interested in how mobile technology is transforming the way we communicate, teach and learn, work, and play.
I am also fascinated by e-Books, and after three years of working with my various publishers, will finally have all of my textbooks available either on my iPad or a web browser. I believe print books will not disappear (I am married to a librarian and love the feel of "real" books) but also love my new Kindle and have been reading on my iPad for three years. Many of my students do not yet understand how to use their e-Books for their classes, so this will be one of my challenges for this academic year.
Laptop cart for the Library building: Several years ago, I helped get a cart for our Communication classes that do not meet in a computer classroom, such as Introduction to Literature and Oral Communication. This has enhanced student learning and given students access to Angel, the Hawkeye Library, and other online resources, and several teachers are now using the cart.
Brainstorming strategies with the use of Inspiration and other mapping software. I have been using Inspiration for over a decade with my Composition students, and more recently, with the Education students taking the Technology in the Classroom course. I am interested in how it helps students to generate and organize information, and enhances the writing process. Now that we have Inspiration as an App on our iPads, we are able to look at the uses of graphic organizers in the digital age.
Google Docs, Social Media and Web 2.0 tools. I use Twitter, Tumblr, Prezi, and a number of other Web 2.0 tools. I've done several presentations at local groups and for conferences about the effective use of these tools. I was one of the presenters at the Cedar Falls Christian Writers' Workshop this summer, where I presented on Google Docs, Tumblr, and LinkedIn.
Online and Hybrid learning: I was a pioneer on the ICN system of the 1990s, and one of the first in my department to teach online. I have over a decade of experience teaching online and closer to 15 years experience using technology in the classroom.
I attend a Library Technology Conference each Spring Break with my husband: it's held at a college in St. Paul and provides participants with the latest trends in technology, along with hands-on sessions and top keynote speakers.
I am the webmaster for the Ruth Suckow website, and doing research on Suckow, a noted Iowa author, and her husband, Ferner Nuhn, who lived in Cedar Falls off and on through the 1940s. We are now preparing to digitize Suckow's short stories as part of a larger project sponsored by the State Library.
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