Systematic Inquiry: A design perspective

The following post consists of the lightning round remarks I made as part of the OLC Accelerate 2018 Research Summit.  I was asked to speak on systematic inquiry – what is it and why it is important – to a group of higher ed online instructional designers, faculty, and administrators.  I was an interesting choice…

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…

The Problem with the EduSocMedia Lit: A presentation for WCET 2016

Tomorrow, Laura Pasquini, Ron Hannaford, and I will be presenting at the WCET Annual Meeting on methods, practices, and implications of Social Media Research. This came about because Ron, Director of Distance Learning at Biola University, was inspired to coordinate a panel to address the fact that higher education institutions need empirical data to direct…

OLC Innovate: Student Voice & the Virtual Experience

OLC Innovate is debuting in several weeks (April 20 – April 22, 2016) in New Orleans.  As a member of the steering committee, I am both excited and nervous to see how things unfold.  Several days ago, Maha Bali asked me to participate in a special “fishbowl”  Virtually Connecting session on Thursday (April 21) at 11:15, designed…

On defining digital affordances

At VCU Academic Learning Transformation Lab, we tend to use the word “affordance”  – as in the “affordances of the open web” a lot. I’m not sure if I ever asked (or researched) what that word meant when I joined the team.  Rather, like most things ubiquitous to our environments, I figured it out along…

Why Students Should Blog in Public

*This post was edited on 3/15/16 – The accompanying slides were added to the bottom of the post. More than 20 years into the Internet revolution, many of us understand what it means to blog – in fact many of us have done it. If you happen to be less familiar with the concept, I…

Open Letter to Conference Presenters

Dear Educational Technology & Digital Pedagogy Conference Presenters, Consider this trend: The nature of conference participants and participation are changing. The proof is already in the statement, of course. Conferences now have participants, not attendees. Gone are the days in which people are resigned to sit in their chairs and listen to you drop wisdom from…

A Response to Bayne’s Striated and Smooth Article

Context in which I wrote this: Concourse D Admirals Club, La Guardia Airport New York, April 21, 2014, with a plate full of celery and an overfilled glass of red wine, on the way to #ET4Online. I like celery and red wine as a combination, so this is ok. But the point is that I…

Student Handouts for Twitter-based Activities

For those of you who use Twitter in the classroom, I’ve begun creating information pages to help students understand what EXACTLY we want them to do. They are CC licensed (indicated at the bottom of each handout). Contact me via twitter (@googleguacamole) if you need them in .png or .doc format – I’d be happy…

A Handout (or two) About Connected Learning Blogging

I’m in the process of developing handouts and workshops around blogging and tweeting in Connected Learning contexts. One handout is aimed towards community researchers; the other towards students in higher education settings…although the points are applicable to anyone who is considering writing a blog post, I think. The handouts I’m about to share are CC-licensed…

The Next Twitter Journal Club #TJC15

Several weeks ago, several of us engaged in a lively experiment – what would happen if we tried to read a journal article together, in real time, live-tweeting it as we went along? This question resulted in the first #TJC15 event, which has been blogged about here and here and here. The gist of the activity is…

Twitter Journal Club #TJC15

February 20, 2015 Edit: We haven’t even gotten started and we have requests for a queue! So I’ve started a google form for now. Spreadsheet should be publicly available so that you can see everyone’s choices if you are curious – I just wanted to play around with Google Forms. Thanks for your indulgence on…