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My ongoing research interests are on two fronts;

First, I am a committed and passionate teacher of Introductory Sociology courses. I have a number of Introductory textbooks, readers, and online supplements used across the country and I do whatever I can to help my students connect with sociology - in the class and beyond.

Second, I am keenly interested in exploring the use of anonymous student feedback in class and what, if any, influence it has on the teaching and learning environment. My work on the FAST (free assessment summary tool) software began in 1998, when I met Zvjezdan Patz (he just goes by "Z" (pronounced, "Zee"), a gifted programmer, who helped me develop an online tool for teachers who wanted to anonymously assess how his/her students were finding the course. The popularity of the software (which is free) exceeded all our expectations. As the years went by both Z and I began documenting the limitations of the software and started looking for sponsors to help us update the software. In 2007 and again in 2012 we signed co-ownership agreements between ourselves, Mount Royal University, Carleton University and eCampus Alberta to update and improve the software(available at: https://www.toofast.ca). Z and I continue to maintain the site and look forward to helping all teachers benefit from his/her students' anonymous feedback.

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