Agee on East German teacher on Dialectics

Agee, J. (1981). Twelve years : An American boyhood in East Germany (1st ed.). New York: Farrar Straus Giroux. excerpt on East German teacher on Contradictions and necessity.

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Sacks on recovery

Sacks, O. (1984). A leg to stand on. New York: Summit Books. Excerpts
p. 176-7. Sacks admits the “hateful spite of the sick” when faced with the healthy
p. 182-3 Sacks describes the restoration of function as requiring action, made possible by therapist or teacher, and being like a second childhood.
p. 186-7 Sacks describes the “healthy joy” and gratitude of finding the world again:

I felt that a profound crisis had occurred in my life, and that from now on I would be profoundly and per­manently transformed. I would take less for granted-in­deed nothing for granted. I would see life, all being, as the most precious of gifts, infinitely vulnerable and precarious, to be infinitely prized and cherished.

Instructions for use of wordpress sites in my courses

[I am posting these instructions to invite suggestions for changes and improvements.]
Quick tips: Minimal email exchanges with instructors. Use this link to report broken links or other glitches, not email. Use posts or comments to raise queries about ideas and course content (see Preamble below). Include 645 at start of subject line if you have to email.
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Design for learning that gets constrained by Learning Management Systems

I want my online course materials to address a set of design principles that might be grouped under the umbrella of expanding access—expanding the range of influences on the students’ learning and expanding access to the learning materials from courses. Most of these principles are difficult or impossible to pursue on existing Learning Management Systems (LMSs).
I have to organize my course materials in ways that may be unfamiliar to students. I continue to work on three fronts: guide and coach students into getting used to my approaches; make periodic changes (such as when a certain platform is discontinued) and elaborations (example); and articulate the design principles—this last being the topic of this post. (Comments welcome towards revision of the post and of the principles themselves.)
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Transdisciplinarity, transversality, and tensions

Transdisciplinary research integrates methods and concepts of different disciplines in systematic processes that improve on any combination of knowledge produced by specialists in disciplines, perhaps going beyond the scope of disciplinary inquiry. It does so to address real world challenges, generating knowledge and action together. (As such, it might be better named transdisciplinary research and engagement.)
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