Why #openlearning17 should consider embedding visual elements in blog posts

As the connected learning coach for the AACU Virginia Faculty Collaboratives Experience, #OpenLearning17, it is my pleasure to wind my way through the open learning hub,  focused predominantly on how participants are making connections through their blog posts and tweets.  There has been a lot to love in the first two weeks of blog posts….

A Virtual Introduction

As the new Associate Director at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Grace E. Harris Leadership Institute (GEHLI), I’ve been getting a lot of virtual introductions that sound like these recently. Spend enough time in higher education,  and you will send and receive these things so often that you stop thinking about what they really are, which is a…

How Do You Hyperlink (Visual Article Series)

Another remake, this time of a graphic that emerged from my dissertation research.  You can find the original here. The photograph was taken by Morgan Sessions and can be found on unsplash.com for universal (public domain) use.

Greetings from the #OpenLearning17 Connected Learning Coach

This week marks the opening of Open Learning: A Connectivist MOOC for Faculty Collaboratives, a 15-week course that aims to “design and provide a helpful and stimulating learning experience for all participants that results in measurable improvement in the use of digital affordances and sustainable professional development connections across Virginia and other areas.” For the…

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…

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 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…