An updated look at “Leveraging Social Networks”

It was something of a fairytale cluster-f***, the first time I spoke on leveraging social networks.  The original speaker had an emergency and I was asked to jump in with about two day’s notice.  That timing does not sound like much of an issue for an academicky person.   However, this was one of my first…

Building a Repository of Student Handouts

Although I have not defended my dissertation research (scheduled for February 12, 2016), I have begun to look beyond it towards the next steps in the developing my connected learning assessment toolkit for VCU faculty, students, and staff engaged in connected courses. Further work requires piloted implementation, and implementation requires informational materials for faculty and students….

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…

Theoretical and Empirical Foundations of Connected Learning at VCU

This week, I was asked to speak to some VCU School of Social Work faculty about connected learning at VCU.  These are serious scholars by nature who have a profound interest in providing their students with the highest quality education possible, so it was a joy to answer their questions about the theoretical and empirical basis…

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…

Imagining the Dream Job

Twitter, meet my completely formatted dissertation. Completely formatted Dissertation, meet Twitter. Happy New Year. pic.twitter.com/TPeed6wtys — Laura Gogia (@GoogleGuacamole) December 31, 2015 This week has been about finding out what you do after you’ve written your dissertation and sent it off to committee.  A mandatory lag is built into the system to allow the committee…

A bit more about being real…

Several days ago I blogged about the traveling I did while writing my dissertation. I began to unpack how it impacted my frame of mind while I wrote.  I didn’t go too deep, but somehow I ended up taking a swing at academe about how boring it is (and therefore not reflective of the world, which…

Learning Goals at the Intersection of Connected and Open

Thus far, I’ve described educational philosophy and course design at the intersection of open and connected learning. Next up: What do we want students to get out of taking these courses? So I feel like we are getting on even more treacherous ground here, but watch me keep going.  What should happen by the end…

Course Design at the Intersection of Connected and Open

I just finished writing a blog post describing the  VCU approach to the Intersection of Connected and Open.  It made me feel better about my ability to organize my literature review for my dissertation, so I made myself  a cup of tea and I’m going to keep going. What would a course look like at…

At the Intersection of Open and Connected.

My home institution, Virginia Commonwealth University, is supposedly innovating at the intersection of connected learning and open education (according to our QEP) and I’m inclined to think that’s true, but, as usual, innovative assessment is lagging behind innovative instructional design. That’s why my dissertation research relates to creating alternative assessment strategies for VCU’s connected courses….

If I heart you and it makes you uncomfortable, I can explain…

Yesterday, Twitter switched out the star “fave” button for the heart “like” button. As Twitter explained on their blog: We are changing our star icon for favorites to a heart and we’ll be calling them likes. We want to make Twitter easier and more rewarding to use, and we know that at times the star…

Developing Criteria for Connected Learning Courses (Part 3)

The next iteration of my criteria for Connected Learning course designs is here, and I think I’m much closer.  For a full history of this process, start here and then move to here.  I like this one.  Remember that all of this is being done in the context of Virginia Commonwealth University, a context explained here….