Author Archives: shanemccarty

A philosophy of science: Is the “truth” a process or an outcome?

Do you have a philosophy? We all do. But specifically.. of science? I am not referring to the assumptions and principles of science or Karl Popper’s perspective of falsifiability or the “truth” vs. not truth debate. In my opinion, every graduate student should be able to ask and answer the following question: Do you view […] Continue reading

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My Journey: Can Education Happen Entirely Online?

After my freshman year of college at Virginia Tech (VT), I seriously contemplated dropping out. Today, I am a graduate student and the biggest promoter of higher education you will ever meet.I remember sitting in one of our massive lecture halls among 400+ students and saying to myself: “This is a waste of my time. […] Continue reading

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Choice: It’s only a perception

In our Pedagogy class today, students co-engaged on the ideal way to structure learning: contingencies (e.g., work for grades) vs. exploratory learning (e.g., self-motivated learning). We talked about the balance between accountability systems and and self-accountability. We concluded that we needed an education system to meet both audiences: those who are self-motivated and those who […] Continue reading

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It’s been more than  a year since I blogged. I hope this pedagogy class brings me back to it. It was so cool to look back at old posts and see how my perspectives are the same or different.   I will post about learning, teaching, and pedagogy here. Continue reading

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My speech for Sustainability Week

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to speak at the Sustainability Week kickoff event at the Inn on Monday. Here’s the speech that followed President Steger, Mayor Rordam, Sustainable Blacksburg’s Pat Bixler. (Remember, Sustainability Forum is Thursday, October 15th at 5:00 in Commonwealth Ballroom.) “We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we […] Continue reading

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“If better is possible, good is not enough”

These are the closing remarks for the 2009 SGA Debate… Continue reading

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SGA starts programs with new secretary

by Kelsey Heiter, CT news reporter Thursday, September 3, 2009; 11:08 PM The elected Student Government Association secretary has resigned for personal reasons, according to SGA officers. Morgan Bradley, who was elected on the SGA4You ticket last spring, has left her position. “She was not sure if she could devote everything to SGA,” said Shane […] Continue reading

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Non-peak dining to save students money

by Kelsey Heiter, news reporter Thursday, September 17, 2009; 11:15 PM An SGA pilot program offering a dining incentive will give students a 10 percent discount at dining halls between the hours of 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., beginning next week. The pilot program, put together by SGA Vice President Shane McCarty, will run Sept. […] Continue reading

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Everything happens for a reason… or does it?

I have lived by the phrase for my entire life. In fact, I used to love the phrase so much, I felt the need to coin a word for it. I use the word synchonocity (not to be confused with synchronicity) as a simple and shorter way of saying “everything happens for a reason.” The […] Continue reading

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The Self-Transcendence Search

by Christopher James Joseph Saccoccia Every day, as we walk down the street, glance away from the computer screen or people-watch at the mall, we witness people in need. Most of us see some sort of struggle in the person’s eyes, words or body language. Now the question becomes, will we help them? Many people […] Continue reading

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