Surviving the Pandemic: Resiliency in the Face of Continued Uncertainty

by Ursula Pike, Associate Director, DigiTex In May, four educators at DigiTex member institutions shared the ways they were coping with the first months of the pandemic. The resulting blog post, “Meeting Change And Challenge With Compassion And Resilience,” highlighted the need to support faculty at our higher education institutions in the face of the … Continue reading Surviving the Pandemic: Resiliency in the Face of Continued Uncertainty

Levels of Mediated Aliveness, Mozilla Hubs, and 1984 – Part Two

by Todd Ellis, Director of Teaching and Learning, Grayson College This post is the second in a two-part series and is, in part, a response to last month’s post, “Ready Player One, Hamilton, and Me: ‘Liveness,’ Mediated Communication, and Building Relationships in a Virtual World” by DigiTex Executive Director Judith Sebesta. I recently “attended” my first virtual play. North Central Texas College … Continue reading Levels of Mediated Aliveness, Mozilla Hubs, and 1984 – Part Two

Levels of Mediated Aliveness, Mozilla Hubs, and 1984 – Part One

by Todd Ellis, Director of Teaching and Learning, Grayson College This post is the first in a two-part series and is, in part, a response to last month’s post, "Ready Player One, Hamilton, and Me: 'Liveness,' Mediated Communication, and Building Relationships in a Virtual World" by DigiTex Executive Director Judith Sebesta. “We now live in … Continue reading Levels of Mediated Aliveness, Mozilla Hubs, and 1984 – Part One

Ready Player One, Hamilton, and Me:  “Liveness,” Mediated Communication, and Building Relationships in a Virtual World

by Judith Sebesta, Ph.D., Executive Director, DigiTex      “Going outside is highly overrated.”  ― Ernest Cline, Ready Player One Does anyone else sometimes feel like you are living in the pages of Cline’s dystopian 2011 novel? Set in the near future of 2045, Ready Player One depicts our planet on the brink of chaos and collapse. … Continue reading Ready Player One, Hamilton, and Me:  “Liveness,” Mediated Communication, and Building Relationships in a Virtual World

Texas Learn OER: A Newbie’s Introduction to Open Educational Resources

In 2014 I retired from teaching, but even at that time, I recall hearing about Open Educational Resources and wondering what they were and why I should pay attention to them. I remember thinking at the time that free teaching resources couldn’t possibly be as good as the paid, published textbooks that were much more … Continue reading Texas Learn OER: A Newbie’s Introduction to Open Educational Resources