Workplace-Based Assessment in Competency-Based Medical Education

Competency-based education expresses competency as a progression through milestones: criterion-referenced, performance-based trajectory from novice to expert for any number of behaviors.  The most commonly used development framework used for expressing milestones in clinical contexts is Miller’s Pyramid of Clinical Skills, Competency, and Performance:  Know, Know How, Show How, Do. As discussed in my last blog post, competency-based…

A Framework for Identifying and Evaluating Openly Networked Connected Learning Course Designs

  By way of its Quality Enhancement Plan, Virginia Commonwealth University is attempting to elevate the digital fluency and integrative thinking of its students through a collective, institution-wide exploration of openly networked connected learning in online, hybrid, and web-enhanced academic courses (“connected courses”). I’ve written on this at length.  Briefly, digital fluency can be considered the ability…

The Deconstructed Dissertation

It’s been 17 days since I’ve successfully defended my dissertation.  Since then, I’ve made my edits, published the dissertation under a CC-BY-SA license on four platforms (ProQuest, the university repository, academia.edu, and my own website, although it’s not showing up on the first two yet),  presented at the AACU General Education and Assessment Meeting in New…

Five Important Questions about Connected Learning at VCU

Every dissertation advisor will tell their students that they need to develop an “elevator speech” about their dissertation work.  I converted my assignment into a dissertation tweet and it goes like this: Digital annotation devices such as hyperlinks & mentions can be used to document & assess student connectivity in VCU connected courses. As I…

“Make it Real:” The Cultural Context of My Connected Learning Collection

In 2013, Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU; my home institution), re-introduced itself to the world as a place where students and faculty work together to “make it real.”  The slogan, as explained in this VCU News article, is meant to celebrate the university’s connection with and participation in the broader, “real” world.  Its core message is…

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…

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…

Call for a Connected Courses Research Working Group

Hello Connected Courses Community! Even this early in the Connected Courses experience,  I think we all know that we are involved in something very special.   As of October 2, 2014, Connected Courses has generated: All of this glorious, lively, emergent activity has triggered some interest in the documentation of our Connected Courses Experience. There…

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…

Ethics of Researching Connected Learning (Pt. 1)

The summer semester, it seems, is officially over.  What did I do with it? Well, I wrote the Case for Connected Learning, the white paper that strives not to be a white paper, for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Transformation Lab (ALT Lab).  As I described in previous post, working on that project meant a lot to me….