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….

That time when the AACU Virginia FacCollab held a Twitter Journal Club Event

On January 27, 2017, the AACU Virginia Faculty Collaboratives Experience (#OpenLearning17) teamed up with Twitter Journal Club (#TJC17) for a synchronous reading & discussion of Jeffrey Pomerantz & Robin Peek’s 50 Shades of Open. Through serendipitous networking (thank you, Phil Edwards), author Jeffrey P. discovered the event and made himself available to provide additional background,…

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…

A Post-IT Post

A post-IT post before I leave Newark. During my  panel presentation at #WCET16 this AM, I heard some colleagues slip into tech-first talk, despite the fact I had been espousing a pedagogy-first perspective (and they had been nodding vigorously) for almost an hour. To make matters worse, some of them would start sentences with pedagogy and…

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…

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 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’…

In search of connected learning: Exploring the pedagogy of the open web

On Friday May 6, 2016, I had the honor of giving the keynote address at University of Edinburgh’s eLearning@Ed: Making Connections. Here is a close transcript (minus a couple of slip ups and ad libs, but including a couple of typos, I’m sure), a link to the slide deck, and some digital artifacts from the event….