Sheila B Robinson

Reflections of an everyday educator/program evaluator/professional developer…LEARNER

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Data Visualization & Information Design: One Learner’s Perspective

I’ve been reading a lot on these hot topics and, ever the teacher, I know that applying my new learning, and teaching it to others is the best way to deepen my own understanding. With that in mind, I’ve created a slide deck and branched out to another social media outlet – SlideShare – in order to be able to share this content with you!

Once you’ve enjoyed this slide deck (or perhaps before doing so), check out my “before” slide below it. I originally had no intention of sharing this, but happened to stumble upon a PowerPoint presentation I had created for my dissertation defense. Yikes! What a dramatic illustration of what NOT to do on a PowerPoint slide! And I assure you, I presented it to my committee exactly as you see it here, and most likely read aloud what is on the slide (and the many others that complete the “show”). My only defense (pun intended!) is that it was 2007, and much of the information I share with you today was not yet “out there,” and quite frankly, I didn’t know enough to be looking for it!  Continue reading

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Time to turn some pages…into evaluation know-how!

What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.

If only Thomas Carlyle (Scottish philosopher, writer, historian and teacher) had lived in the age of the Internet. He most certainly would have added websites, blogs, Pinterest boards, SlideShare decks, and much, much, more.

Anyone who knows me knows that I like to collect. I like to amass. I even like to organize (although a peek at my closets and basement might suggest otherwise). Collecting information and ideas is as hot as ever now, what with all the readily available social media, i.e. Pinterest, and the like. While I haven’t yet expanded to that site*, I have been doing a bit of collecting right here on the blog space.  Continue reading