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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

What Do Statistics Reveal About Educators and Social Media?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 25, 2018 5:30:00 AM

There are reasons why less than half of educators surveyed use social media as a classroom tool. Cyber-bullies, worried parents and the wish to further students’ non-electronic interpersonal skills may top the list.

Statistics show some teachers also fear students’ superior aptitude with the technology. Others simply feel incompetent with ed tech.

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What Kind of Marketing Will Give Your School an Edge?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 24, 2018 10:30:00 AM

AAs college and university enrollment drops nationwide, more schools are ramping up their marketing and recruitment efforts. Administrators are finding innovative ways to reach out to Gen Z, young people aged 17 to 25, as well as adult, “nontraditional” students interested in boosting their careers. What can your school do to compete?

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What's the Best Way to Measure Online Success?

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

Bounce rate, page views, conversions, sessions, SEO: What does it all mean? Website analytics can be intimidating. Yet, administrators must have a grasp on essential online metrics if they hope to make smart decisions about what to invest in marketing.

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Textbook Wisdom: What Do You Lose Without the Required Texts?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 17, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Given the careening cost of higher education, it might be tempting to cut required texts from your syllabus in order to help students save money. If you’ve been teaching a while, you likely have ample resources for giving lectures, assigning homework and conducting assessments. However, if you eliminate the opportunity for students to engage with a text, you eliminate more than an expense. You deprive students of the ability to develop one of our most fundamental skills — reading — in your class.

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Helping Your Most At-Risk Students

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

They’re not asking for handouts. Most have one or two jobs, many have children and many spent their youth in foster care. All are in school, working to improve their lives. Many have insecure housing and food situations — or they are hungry and homeless altogether. Few receive government assistance. They are students who need help.

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Textbook Wisdom: What Can You Learn from a Textbook Manager?

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

Administrators and academics differ on a host of topics, but, politics aside, you know there are a lot of non-faculty on campus you appreciate. Without the department office manager, you would be stuck laboring over a copy machine more hours than you’d like. Without a well-staffed counseling center, you would have nowhere to send students in need of emotional support. Without advisors, your students would be even more confused about their path to graduation, especially at a large university where the bureaucracy is complex. An official school bookstore textbook manager is an oft-overlooked member of the administration who deserves your appreciation.

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What Can the Right LMS Do for Student Success?

Posted by Lori Reese on Apr 10, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Love them or hate them: Learning management systems are here to stay.

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OER by the Numbers

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

Get the definitive guide to open educational resources.

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Why Now? The Adoption Answers You Need for Faculty

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 28, 2018 5:31:00 AM

It’s a distraction, an onerous bit of red tape or just an abstract requirement that seems out-of-step with classroom reality: Your earnest early-adoption notice ends up deleted, routed to junk mail or ignored because faculty don’t understand why you’re sending requests out so early.  If you want teachers to cooperate with the official bookstore schedule, it’s critical to anticipate their questions, understand confusion and offer succinct, concrete answers.

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Textbook Wisdom: Do Your Students Know the Value of Books?

Posted by Lori Reese on Mar 15, 2018 5:30:00 AM

Looking back, the things I told students about the value of books were way too abstract. When I was a teacher, I didn’t realize that the cost of course materials had soared in recent years. I didn’t know many students opted out of buying required books altogether. I thought they simply believed they could do well in an English class without reading — and I had all kinds of theories about why they dismissed reading assigned literature as unimportant. In some ways, I might have been right, but, in others, I was flat-out wrong.

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