February 13th, 2016

Working on my 10 commandments…

  1. Thou shalt not refer to any work of non-fiction as a “novel.” You may say text, book, work… but NEVER “novel”!
  2. Thou shalt not use “pg” or “pg.” for “page” — that abbreviation does not exist in any citation style I have ever seen. If you can find one, let me know. In APA it is “p.” for a single page and “pp.” for multiple pages. Period.
  3. To be continued…
December 7th, 2015

A Word Cloud of my CV

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December 3rd, 2015

Learning Outcomes

November 22nd, 2015

Sometimes Doonesbury gets eerily close to my life…

Screen Shot 2015-11-22 at 10.41.07 AMNo one turns the table quite as astutely! How does he do it?

This is the part of the semester where the rubber really meets the road. This past week, I reminded students that we only had three weeks left to the semester and many of them were running out of time to get things they’ve been putting off done.

Some might think lowering expectations is in order — on my part. But I’m firmly of the opinion that if even one student is able to keep up the pace and do well without a significant diminishment in their overall quality of life, the rest had the same opportunity.

We all make decisions along the way that gets us to where we are now. Lowering the bar at this juncture only reinforces the notion that “If I procrastinate long enough, those that expect something of me will lower their expectations and I won’t have to do the work.” And what message does this send to those that applied themselves all along?

The question I set myself is this: “What would it be like to spend the next five (or ten) years working with one of these students, side by side, on my team?”

What kind of workmate do I want? What kind of workmate do YOU want? That’s the kind of student you want to be.

October 19th, 2015

My adventures with Specifications Grading

The Presentation for RWU Innovations in Teaching Series

June 25th, 2015

Visualizing Culture VisCom 29 Presentation

April 17th, 2015

A page is still a page

But abbreviations for page in APA are NOT “pg”.

See this discussion on the English Language & Usage blog.

April 11th, 2015

Synchronicity

This week in my Visual Rhetoric, Visual Culture class, students have been exploring parody, pastiche and remake. Then, on my family Facebook newsfeed, my niece Róisín posts this:

March 28th, 2015

Why America’s obsession with STEM education is dangerous

Read WHY in this OpEd from Fareed Zakaria in the Washington Post

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March 9th, 2015

Advising for the Spring Semester

Advising starts on Monday, MARCH 16, 2015. Advising appointments are available to the following:

  • my Advisees or “shadow” advisees (double majors)
  • Advisees whose Communication/Graphic Design Advisor is on sabbatical, or
  • because I have advised you informally in recent months.

There is a full week of advising before anyone can register, and a further two weeks when Sophomores and Freshmen can be advised prior to registration.

So I’m asking that if you want an advising appointment, please sign up in the following order:

  • Week 1 (MAR 16-20): Juniors and Seniors only
  • Week 2 (MAR 23-27): Sophomores and Juniors
  • Week 2 (MAR 30-APR 3): Freshman, Sophomores and anyone else.

Setting up an advising appointment is fairly easy… but getting the slot YOU want means doing it NOW!

  1. Please go to my online SIGN UP: roconnell-advising1.youcanbook.me. If you have trouble accessing it, email me.
  2. Find an open slot that works for you.
  3. FILL IN THE FORM and SUBMIT.

That’s it!

If none of the available times works for you because of classes or work, let me know and we will set something up outside these times. I’ll be filling up the chocolate jar 🙂 Those of you studying abroad this semester should already have the advising spreadsheet to work from but, certainly, email me if you have questions.

If you are a graduating Senior, please make sure that you have filed your Graduation Petition. I can help you with that.

FAST FACTS:

Office: GHH 323 (Global Heritage Hall, 3rd floor).