A Little Bird Gets a New Look (Visual Article Series)

I originally created and published A Little Bird Told Me: Maximizing Your Learning on Twitter in 2015.  The one page list of strategies was my first ever pinned tweet.  It has been one of my more successful online endeavors, capturing thousands of views and hundreds (maybe close to a thousand if you count across platforms) of downloads.  Instructors…

An exercise in simple data visualization

Data visualization.  It’s a buzzword we hear frequently, usually in connection to other buzzwords like big data, business intelligence, dashboards, and accountability.  However, data visualization doesn’t have to be a buzzword.  As a concept, it can be quite simple: it is the act of collecting information and displaying it in ways that illuminate while allowing for…

Coding and the Adult Learner

I have done a significant amount of coursework in adult learning. I’ve read the canon. I’ve taught classes to other educators on adult learning.  I’ve published a chapter. Furthermore, I’ve been accused of being an adult learner. In the first year of my doctoral program, a random faculty member stopped me in the hallway to shake…

Pick a Mission, not a Major

As part of Connected Courses, Mimi Ito, Bill Penuel, and Vera Michalchik got together via google hangout to discuss the idea of assessment in connected courses.   The session is thought-provoking, and if you have the time to check it out then you should (scroll down to find it). Highlights of the Session: Why we need…

Round Students, Square Colleges

In 1971 K. Patricia Cross gave a speech called “Round Students and Square Colleges” in which she outlined the needs of nontraditional students who were relatively new to college campuses at the time.  She called them “round students,” characterizing their life experiences, motivations, perspectives, contexts, and concerns as different from those of traditional students.  Dr….

#ConnectedCourses

RT @MindShiftKQED: Learning is an intensely personal, messy journey, distinct from training http://t.co/ONf7ivOx8M #edchat #edtech— DML Research Hub (@dmlresearchhub) August 29, 2014 Learning is an intensely personal, messy journey. Because of the way the web tends to work, often with homogeneous groups clustering around concepts and perspectives they already love, I suspect that most of…

Connected Learner Takes Comprehensive Exams

Status Report: I am almost halfway through my comprehensive exams for my PhD. #ItsOnlyTuesday #28MoreWorkingHoursOnTheTimer #groan— Laura Gogia (@GoogleGuacamole) August 5, 2014 I think that comps, if nothing else, should make a graduate student reflect on where she’s been, where she is, and where she aims to go. For those of you who have been…

Trust, Connected Learning, and Photography

Getting ready for the morning…as @anrcreative would say, Jesus, take the wheel.— Laura Gogia (@GoogleGuacamole) July 31, 2014 This morning, a professional photographer arrived at my house to take my picture for a local nonprofit storytelling project.  I found telling my story very easy but the photo-taking…Jesus take the wheel, I am extremely photo averse….

How a Grad Student Writes

I’ve been writing nonstop for almost two weeks. I work in a place that is about to unveil an entirely new agenda, one related to connected learning in higher education at its most passionate and most digital. My major contribution to this launch has been writing the Case for Connected Learning, a “white paper”-esque entity…

How a Graduate Student Uses Twitter

I started using Twitter because I was curious about my boss. Not in a kissing-up sort of way, because after practicing as a surgeon in the country, I think I’m truly incapable of kissing up to anyone for anything anymore.  But my boss is Gardner Campbell, and in my job interview I asked (demanded really)…

How graduate medical education changed how I learn.

While I could start an entire blog devoted to how eight years of medical education – first medical school and then a four-year residency program in obstetrics and gynecology—changed everything about Laura P. Gogia, I’m going to keep it to a single nugget at a time. In my workplace at Virginia Commonwealth University, we are…