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Monthly Archives: January 2018

I’m excited to have had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Katie Linder on the Oregon State University E-Campus’s Research in Action podcast recently. Learn all about Agile Faculty as an approach to faculty work as Katie and I talk about the relationship between Agile and Scrum, how to use backlogs and sprints, and the joy of Scrum boards. There’s also a bonus clip about using a Scrum board as a teaching… Read More

I’m calling this section of the blog “tea talk” because the posts in this category will be personal reflections, thoughts about teaching and learning and professional growth that I might share with a colleague over tea. Faculty narratives of lived experience are equally as important to our professional development as a formal evaluations or written research which is why I’ll share these reflections here. Spring semester at my university beings tomorrow –… Read More

Every Thursday, I’ll be briefly reviewing a book that I find to be interesting, engaging, and valuable for Agile Faculty. Because the Agile Faculty mindset values exploration, curiosity, and multidisciplinarity, these resources will come from a variety of different areas that speak to a wide range of interests, including higher education, faculty development, Agile and Scrum, design thinking and creativity studies, and social innovation. And I’ll throw in a little bonus review… Read More

My first #AFSprint challenge is complete, Spring semester is right around the corner (looking at my original post, it looks like I didn’t set an official end date, so we’ll say today, January 23rd to make it an official three-week challenge). This week was a push and a pull – I feel like I was both pushing through the articles and pulling teeth at the same time. But by the end of… Read More

On Twitter, the week of January 8th was all about Chapter 3 of Agile Faculty – Organizing and Prioritizing Your Personal Research Agenda. Here’s the tips in a nice, easy to skim format: The week of January 15th is all about using Scrum to (re)redesign courses. Follow along on Twitter.

Week 2 of the first #AFSprint writing challenge is in the books, and I’d say the theme of the week was “follow the energy.” At the end of the first week of #AFSprint, I realized that I didn’t have  good energy around the team teaching piece I was working on, so I decided to switch gears to one of the other articles on my sprint backlog, the goal setting article. I knew… Read More

I read all the time. I always have. I almost always have a book with me in case of found time, and my monthly book buy puts a dent in my fun money every month (totally worth it). Like any big reader, my shopping cart is bigger than my available time, so I find myself with many fascinating books on my shelves (which I had built-in to my home office four year… Read More

For the month of January, I’m running the very first Agile Faculty writing sprint challenge on Twitter, using Scrum strategies to meet my writing goals for the month. I’m tweeting every day about my progress, process, wins, and challenges. Look for the #AFSprint hashtag! The first week of the #AFSprint writing challenges was a short, three-day push to get my plan set up and start making concrete progress toward my writing goals… Read More

In the last week, I’ve shared how I wrapped up 2017 intentionally using the Scrum review and retrospective meetings and how I’m using the software development user story format to frame my goals for the first part of 2018 (now through the end of the Spring semester in May). Because I don’t start teaching the second pilot of our Design Thinking Studio in Social Innovation immersive semester pilot program until January 29th,… Read More

Happy New Year, Agile Faculty! I hope that you are well-rested, centered, and ready to jump into reaching your goals through productivity and with vitality. Last week was all about completing my end-of-year review and retrospectives so I had a sense of what I had produced and how effective my process was for accomplishing my goals. This is the point in a Scrum team’s sprint that they would take the feedback collected… Read More