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I sat down in a café with a nervous smile on my face. "So, how did I do?" I asked the CRLT teaching consultant.

"Well, the students could tell that you really cared and prepared carefully. But they weren't sure exactly what you wanted of them."

"How is that possible?! I have three pages of rubrics at the end of my syllabus!"


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Staying Productive While Off-Campus: Some Hard-Learned Lessons

As I mentioned in my previous post, I’m spending this academic year in Athens, Greece. In the previous part, I listed online resources to help productivity. This time, I’m offering pointedly lower-tech and harder-learned tips on how to get work done while fumbling through, adjusting to, or just plain enjoying a new work environment – from one master procrastinator to another. (If you’re among the few who do not get distracted by eternal beach weather or soulful folk music while drinking wine and watching the sunset: congrats, and you can skip this post!)

Staying Productive While Off-Campus: Online Resources

I’m spending this academic year in Athens, Greece. (Why yes, you should be envious.) It’s easy to get distracted from work, but here are some tools that help me continue my research as usual even when off-campus.

The U-M Virtual Private Network (VPN). The U-M VPN connects your computer to the university’s network, both helping keep your connection secure and allowing you to use any web-based resources just like you would on the U-M campus. Since the VPN connects you to a U.S.-based network, it also allows you to access resources that are only available in the U.S. when you are abroad. Click here for more information.

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