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Lori Reese

About Lori Reese

Lori Reese has more than 15 years’ experience teaching in college and K-12 classrooms. She studied philosophy as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, earned an MA in English and Creative Writing from Hollins University and an MFA from University of North Carolina - Greensboro. At UNCG she won the Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award and received a Fulbright to conduct research for a novel in Sri Lanka. She has taught undergraduate creative writing, composition and literature as well as seminars for the Lloyd International International Honors Program. She worked in private K-12 education for two years as an English teacher and Academic Dean.

Recent articles by Lori Reese

Quality Counts: Why Faculty Need Streamlined OER

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 12, 2018 5:30:00 AM

State legislators and administrators alike wonder why faculty aren’t clamoring to use Open Educational Resources. Though the academic community has been abuzz with talk of OER for years, research shows teachers have been slow to latch onto the trend.

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The Unexpected Longevity of Print

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 11, 2018 5:30:00 AM

When the iPad® first appeared in 2010, I was among those who believed print texts were going the way of vinyl. Print might fulfill the longings of future collectors and fetishists, I thought, but for those of us whose profession relied on books, the practical attractions of a digital library would trump any sentimental attachment to the gleam of a paperback spine.

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5 Tips for Handling Rush

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 5, 2018 5:30:00 AM

As the school year draws near, so does the course materials rush. Along with the pressure to ensure everything arrives before day one, come calls and visits from students, faculty and parents — some polite, some angry, some frantic.

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5 Reasons Faculty Will Swoon for MBS Direct’s eText Builder

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 3, 2018 5:30:00 AM

To outsiders, the phrase custom course pack might sound as dull as a 200-page tax form. Teachers have been copying their favorite stories, chapters, graphics and handouts in a variety of ways for centuries. What makes designing course packs with eText Builder different? Let this long-time teacher tell you.

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Trouble in Mind: A New Study Shows a Need for Strong Mental Health Networks on Campus

Posted by Lori Reese on Jul 2, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Hate-crime, anorexia, trauma, rape, psychosis, suicide: They're words no one likes to utter, but neglecting to do so can be a tragic (and costly) failure to address the realities of college life. New research shows that now more than ever campuses must take preventative steps to protect student mental health.

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Career Matters

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 21, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Winning the heart of today’s student means showing you care about the two things: money and career.

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War of the Wireless Devices

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 19, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Which works best in the classroom — iPads™ or Chromebooks? Educators have debated that ever since Apple’s tablet and Google’s laptop first appeared on the market in 2010 and 2011 respectively.

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5 Ways a Campus Text Messaging Program Can Work for You

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 18, 2018 5:30:00 AM

If you want to get student communications right, you probably suspect issuing a school email isn’t enough. Email remains a fabulous vehicle for the deskbound: office workers check theirs about 30 times an hour. But for those on the go — like students and faculty — it's unreliable.

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Managing Unmanageable Employees

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 13, 2018 5:30:00 AM

A toxic employee makes the daily stresses of the education world unbearable. Already, tensions abound with faculty politics, student and family financial concerns — not to mention issues regarding enrollment and retention. These workers create chaos, lower morale and inspire your best employees to quit.

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10 Things You Need to Know About Nontraditional Students

Posted by Lori Reese on Jun 7, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Let’s pretend I’m a nontraditional student. It may be hard to picture me, because nontraditional students come from a variety of backgrounds: we are veterans just back from Afghanistan, professionals over age 25 returning to school because we want to change careers or because we’re looking for advancement, and first-generation students fresh out of high school. We are also those enrolled primarily in online classes and holders of GEDs.

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