Learning from E-Portfolio Creation

Beginning this semester, VCU undergraduates will be encouraged to create a portfolio, domain of one’s own, showcase…well, I’m not exactly sure of what the final name is, but they are being encouraged to create a personal digital space in a WordPress neighborhood called RamPages.  I admit I haven’t read too much about the pedagogy and evidence…

Summarizing "Research Questions and (Better) Learning Analytics"

Today I joined Audrey Watters of Hack Education, Andrew Sliwinski at Mozilla Foundation, Justin Reich of HarvardX and Berkman Center, andVanessa Gennarelli of P2PU for their lunchtime discussion of Research Questions and (Better) Learning Analytics. A lot of the discussion was applicable to educational assessment and social learning environments in general, sprinkled with commentary on learning analytics, ed tech, and MOOCs specifically.  It was more synthesis…

iPad-ing Across the Sahara

I have to blog for three classes this semester…two that I’m co-teaching and one that I’m taking.  I’m looking forward to drawing conclusions about that experience.  Will it be too much of a time suck?  Will I get faster and better?  Will I feel like I know the inside of my bellybutton better than how…

A Word About Styli…

Welcome UNIV 391ers! It was lovely meeting you all this afternoon and I look forward to learning about mobile learning right along with all of you. I found out about UNIV 391 at the beginning of last semester, about the same time I started working as the graduate fellow at the VCU Center for Teaching…

Vannevar Bush and a Floating Island

This week in New Media Literacies Seminar, we read Vannevar Bush’s essay As We May Think.  In it, this eminent scientist and founder of the National Science Foundation (that’s Van-NEE-var, by the way…if you watch any of the footage of the 1995 conferencededicated to Vannevar Bush, you’ll hear that the name is controversially Dutch in…