Ryan Brazell

Turn On, Tune In, Make Radio at SWALLT 2014

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This afternoon, Barbara Sawhill and I are running a workshop at this year’s SWALLT conference, hosted by our awesome colleague Michael Samojlik at UCLA’s Center for Digital Humanities. Because we never do anything the expected way, this is not a presentation in the standard sense. Instead of talking to attendees about the experience Barbara and…

Wood Between the Worlds

"Map - Golarion - Up Northwest" by Ashton Sperry. CC BY-NC-ND 3.0.

UMW faculty are constantly coming up with great ideas, and Warren Rochelle is no exception. This morning, Warren came to the DTLT to talk with me about a Fantasy Writing course he’s teaching in the Fall. In addition to creating a world and framing it out via writing, Warren will be asking his students to…

Caring about the Now

This week I unwittingly started a conversation about Domain of One’s Own and the infrastructure we are using to support students’ exploration of their digital identities. In the space of a day, that turned into a larger philosophical discussion about our role as educators in meeting students’ needs, with an undercurrent about looking ahead to…

Why great handouts matter

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Last week I spent more time than I ever imagined I would making a handout for a presentation I contributed to last weekend. This is something my department doesn’t usually do, and on the surface it seems a little bit out-of-line with our philosophy as a whole. (Using analog artifacts to talk about a digital…

UMW Domains at AAC&U

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This morning my colleagues Tim, Mary and I are presenting about UMW Domains at the AAC&U Diversity, Learning, and Student Success conference in Chicago. I’ve prepared a handout for the in-person attendees that covers some of the basics of UMW Domains, and wanted to make sure this handout was available electronically for anyone who’s interested.…

A matter of honor at Middlebury College

A plaque commemmorating 150 years of the Honor System at the University of Virginia.

We had a discussion this morning in the DTLT about lying — specifically, how to react when your kid lies to you. Of course, there’s no one correct way to do anything when it comes to parenting, but if the goal is to have an open and honest relationship with a young person? Making them…

Liberal athletics

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This morning, my alma mater announced the addition of a new mascot to its official athletics department branding. Although it is only an unofficial representative of the college (the official mascots are the Yeoman and Yeowoman), the albino squirrel’s popularity among current students and young alumni have resulted in its frequent use in official campaigns…

Found sounds

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I love listening to sounds that are rhythmic or percussive in nature. I fell in love with drum corps during marching band in high school; for many of the years I studied and then worked in Ohio, I was in a steel drum band (that’s me near the back of the band, grooving away on…

Mapping the Taiping Civil War

Seal of the Taiping Revolution, via Wikimedia Commons.

This semester I’ve been helping Susan Fernsebner, UMW professor extraordinare, with her section of┬áHIST 297: History Colloquium. This┬ácourse serves as “an introduction to the methods historians use to analyze the past,” and all three sections, each taught by a different member of the department, are focusing on digital skills not as an add-on, but as…

Already got a domain? I challenge you to reclaim your server.

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It started with a chai latte. The other day, I was poking around the list of apps available for automatic installation for Domain of One’s Own participants. I have experience with WordPress, Moodle, phpBB, MediaWiki, and YOURLS, but there are 100+ other applications that I’ve never used or seen, let alone installed and configured. I…

Moving into month #2

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Some assorted thoughts as I enter month #2 of my employment here at UMW: I have been here … for a month? I have been here FOR A MONTH. My perspective on this is short and narrow so far, but it seems strange that a liberal arts college would focus so aggressively on attracting more…

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