Reflections on #Edusocmedia Research: A Sunday morning post

For the last two months, I have been working with Laura Pasquini and Jessica Knott on a systematic review of the educational research on the use of social media in the higher education classroom (#edusocmedia).  The history of this review significantly pre-dates my two month-long involvement. In fact I was brought in for only one…

The kids are watching

Even before my second daughter was born, I knew she would be a lot like me. Her spirit and I understood each other from the beginning. When I announced to my husband that her name would be Lindsay, it was her decision more than mine; she had told me what to call her in a dream, and it…

Why (Not?) Consolidate Your Digital Presence

Not long ago my eportfolio was called Laura Gogia: Reigning in the Digital Sprawl (Clarifying point: you are reading a post on my blog right now, not my e-portfolio). My e-portfolio isn’t called that anymore in part because I change the purpose, organization, and appearances of my websites – including this one – fairly regularly.*  However, when the…

A few thoughts on audience

Listen, wait, be patient. Every shaman knows you have to deal with the fire that’s in your audience’s eye. — Ken Kesey The first time I really thought about audience was as a physician, when I realized that my performance depended entirely on my patients’ performances and mattered only in as much as I was able to…

Downloading and Printing: Thoughts on Info Dissemination

 We are moving towards the midpoint in Collaborative Curiosity. You should be spending time thinking about how you might best disseminate information to and with your potential community partners. There are times when we want our readers to be able to download and print our materials from our blog posts: informational handouts, flyers, white papers,…

Why Hyperlink to Your Own Work?

Working in digital spaces – particularly open digital spaces – can help you see connections across contexts.  For example, aggregating student blog posts in a course “bloggregate” (see this from Collaborative Curiosity) can make it easier-faster for you to make connections across your colleagues’ emerging ideas. Capturing all of a your assignments in one digital portfolio (or blogsite) makes it easier-faster…

Why Personalizing Your Blog Matters

As I’ve written in other posts, courses such as Collaborative Curiosity incorporate openly networked learning spaces into the course design. An openly networked learning space is one in which students maintain their own digital learning spaces (i.e. blog sites), which are networked via RSS feed to create a course website.  More complex course designs might add additional layers…

Why Embed Images & Videos

As the Connected Learning coach for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community Engaged Research, I need to talk about the role of images and videos in digital communication – specifically blog posts – sooner rather than later. Traditionally, academics have been taught to privilege text over other forms of communication for many reasons.  Paper-based…

Why A Course Hashtag

Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community Engaged Research, VCU’s openly networked connected course, had its first twitter chat last Thursday with the course hashtag, #curiouscolab.  It was an AMAZING first Twitter chat, particularly since so many people were new to the concept.  However, many of us sometimes forgot to use the hashtag (including me) or used a…

Greetings from the #CuriousCoLab Connected Learning Coach

A quick shout out to all the participants – enrolled students, open participants, and curious observers – who are starting Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community Engaged Research this week! Collaborative Curiosity (or #curiouscolab on Twitter) is a open online course (I hesitate to call it a MOOC because it is NEITHER massive NOR what most people…

The Footprint of a Connected Learning Course

Ask a student what makes a good college course and you’re likely to get an answer that revolves around individual student experience.  Most learners want learning experiences that invite them to engage actively with course-related topics, provide them with opportunities to give and receive meaningful feedback, and make direct connections between course assignments and students’…