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…

Dialogue Education: Revisited

This week I facilitated a lunchtime session for the IDEA (Instructional Design and Education Activities) Interest Group at Mayo Clinic School. The group consists of human resource professionals, hospital administrators, instructional designers, adult educators,  faculty & staff, and interested others who function in face-to-face and online domains and concentrate in workforce training, public education, 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…

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….

I am #IndieEdTech

A SCENE, NOT A HASHTAG I first saw #IndieEdTech on a Tom Woodward tweet, which may be why it caught my attention. I work with Tom at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Learning Transformation Lab and have never known him to be a casual hashtagger. As I contemplated the hashtag, I remembered he was attending the Indie EdTech…

Laying Down a Magic Carpet with Course Descriptions

It’s that time of year again – time for university students to register for fall classes.  I remember college registration fondly. I’m old enough that it was a pre-digital newspaper experience; a pre-med student,  I would quickly pick out a microbiology course or two and then spend hours pouring over the history courses, trying to…

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…

Crowdsourcing, Annotating, Creating (Oh My)

I learn-play on the web.  We all know this to be true.  Sometimes I try to make sense of my activities in digital space in terms of what I’ve read, seen, and heard.  Then, because sometimes I feel like I’ve been put on this earth to generate original handouts and pamphlets on a variety of…

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…

A Connected Conference Presentation

Tomorrow, Autumm Caines, Jim Luke and I will be presenting on “Digital Approaches to Access, Engagement, & Scholarship: Learning in Openly Networked Connected Spaces” at the American Association of Colleges & Universities (AACU) General Education and Assessment Meeting in New Orleans.  We are excited and eager to engage around this topic, which is near and dear…

On having your dissertation defense live-tweeted

For the gift of their expertise, care, and time in live-tweeting my dissertation defense, I owe Valerie Holton and Lee Skallerup Bessette more than I can say.  This post is dedicated to them. For me, the story starts with Bonnie Stewart‘s dissertation defense. She livestreamed it, and because I care about her, her research, and…

A Letter to Myself Before Defending My Dissertation

It was never about the degree. You should remember to say that to yourself that when you start your defense presentation and again while you wait in the hallway for the committee’s decision. You have an MD. You graduated with top honors from medical school, got through a particularly malignant residency program, carved out a successful…