Sunday, June 7, 2009

Ready, Set, Go Summer!

I am looking forward to a summer of research, writing, teaching, body boarding, cycling, hiking, gardening and playing with technology.

This summer I am giving a presentation at the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) International Conference:
During the spring quarter at CSUEB I was part of a Teaching and Learning Faculty Learning Community. I was lucky to work under the leadership of Professor Rafael Hernandez and with a group of innovative faculty. I was able to share what I learned from the learning community at the 12 Annual CSU Regional Symposium on University Teaching, at which I gave a presentation titled "Not Your Grandmother's YouTube: Using YouTube to Create Universal Access" . My presentation at MERLOT will be a continuation of my work on using YouTube in the classroom, which now includes teaching students how to make their class related YouTube publications universally accessible.

I will be finishing two book reviews, one article and several conference papers this summer. My summer will keep me close to Samuel Johnson and eighteenth-century Peru. I will spend one week in New Hampshire with my sister and her family, which should put a skip into my step.

I am looking forward to my summer classes and the joys that come with summer teaching: warm weather and fresh summer fruit during class breaks, at which I have a chance to chat with students about their other classes, work, families and communities.

Ah, summer!