Abstract Concrete Works got started when I started teaching distance education courses in the late 1980s, before my college had a web presence. To register a domain I had to come up with a name, and the first thing that popped into my head was “AbstractConcrete”– –probably because it seemed funny, being a self-contradiction. (Academics tend to get preoccupied with abstractions and concretions.) But it was long and silly, so I tried to find something more appropriate. Nothing else amused me as much, so in the end I gave up and typed it in. Then it occurred to me that for the site to be a place the address needed a noun and that sticking “Works” at the end would be even sillier. Now you know.
Then I tried to get students to post their bios on the site so we could get acquainted. But they wouldn’t do it–said “YOU don’t have a bio there.” So that’s how the site began, and it expanded messily for about a dozen years, until I retired from teaching at the end of 2001. It has just more or less sat here until recently, when I got interested in it again.
I hope you’ll find some fun here. There are two sections to this blog: this one about the site in general and another about teaching and learning.
Please let me know what you think about anything you find here–or anything else that’s on your mind.
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= Don Maxwell