Blog

I kind of restarted blogging when we began the JEDI initiative for learning experience design. The focus of the blogs shifted a bit when physical distancing was enforced due to COVID-19. Listed below are a few of my recent posts. If you have any feedback or would like to suggest changes or thoughts for posts, please get in touch!

News

We presented our poster at ITiCSE 2019 that was held in Aberdeen, UK in July 2019. You can find the paper through the link below. R. V. Sampangi and A. Siegel. 2019. Designing Engaging Learning Experiences. In Proceedings of the 2019 ACM Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE '19). ACM, ...
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JEDI initiative blog

I recently wrote an article called "Teaching and the Compassion Continuum" on the FOCUS Blog of the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching. You can check out the article and the audio version that I recorded of the article through the links below. Link to the article (opens in a new tab or window): ...
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Featured image for blog: reflections on online teaching and learning
This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY TL; DR -- This article includes reflections on lessons that I learned, first, from our abrupt move to emergency remote teaching online, and then through online certificates and courses that I took in the days/weeks that followed this transition to remote teaching. I present ...
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It is the dawn of 2020. It is the beginning of a new decade. We have been content creators as well as content consumers for nearly a decade now. TikTok is one of the popular media to create content. Video calling is the norm to the extent that we tend to worry a bit ...
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Lessons & Tips

I recently wrote an article called "Teaching and the Compassion Continuum" on the FOCUS Blog of the Dalhousie Centre for Learning and Teaching. You can check out the article and the audio version that I recorded of the article through the links below. Link to the article (opens in a new tab or window): ...
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Featured image for blog: reflections on online teaching and learning
This Photo by Unknown Author is licensed under CC BY TL; DR -- This article includes reflections on lessons that I learned, first, from our abrupt move to emergency remote teaching online, and then through online certificates and courses that I took in the days/weeks that followed this transition to remote teaching. I present ...
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One of the opportunities that we get when working remotely/from home for extended periods of time is to reflect. I also acknowledge that reflection can also take us down a rabbit hole of unresolved thoughts, insecurities and feelings. But there comes a point in time, especially when living by ourselves and under social isolation/quarantine ...
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This thought or idea has been attributed to many people. I saw this a couple days ago on the Momentum new tab page that I use attributed to Robin Sharma. It is such an important thought/idea. We are always encouraged to "manage our time"; I have suggested that too! :) But this idea switches ...
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Developing new skills become a crucial skill because it is self-directed. You set the agenda and control what you learn. This is a super important skill for modern day work places, because it prepares you to learn new things independently and quickly. Today's tips are thanks to the suggestion by our lead TA for ...
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One of the best experiences you get in university is to meet other students and brainstorm ideas. This brainstorming and discussing different view-points, ideas and approaches to solve problems is very, very valuable! But when everything moves online, sometimes quite suddenly as it has happened now, this network of peers may be disrupted. It ...
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We've all heard of many different variants of the "to-do" list. But have you ever come across the "done" list? Someone suggested this to me last week and it has been incredible! It's very simple, really. When things are chaotic, a to-do list or plan can seem overwhelming. But this concept of the "done" ...
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The next tip is about INVEST -- a.k.a. the INVEST principle and how you can apply it for learning and in your work. Yes, yes, I know that right now, we're in survival mode and trying to live one day at a time among all this chaos. That doesn't mean we cannot learn :) ...
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