New job, new narrative

Starting a new job has its challenges, one of which is introducing yourself and getting to know your work colleagues.  I attended my first faculty meeting several weeks ago.  I didn’t know anyone in the room except for my boss, so she introduced me, I smiled and waved, and the meeting went on. It was…

Making Your Own Color Palettes

Update (1/9/17): Since posting this and posting the individual palettes on Twitter, I’ve had an outpouring of interest in this idea.  Many people have pointed me towards automated means to get this sort of thing done.  My favorites include http://www.palettefx.com (h/t Jenet Morrow from Twitter) and Tom Woodward‘s wordpress plugin (see his comment, below). And these…

Been Wanting to Do This for a While

Edit 11/21/16 *for those of you just reading this on 11/21/16 or later, I’ve been working on another draft via Twitter with much help from everyone but especially Maha Bali.  I’ll be putting out another, bigger better blog post.  When I do, I’ll link it <here.> Edit 11/22/16 But until the bigger better blog post…

Stories as a Way of Being

This morning at #OpenEd16, I presented as part of a panel on “Floating on a Sea of Data: Why Higher Ed Needs #SoNAR. I was a last minute addition, joining  Kate Bowles, Kristen Eshleman, Bonnie Stewart, Dave Cormier, and Amy Collier when another panelist became unavailable.  The position was offered to me as an opportunity related to my recent…

Granularities of the Open Dissertation

Next week, the 13th annual Open Education Conference will be hosted in my hometown. This is an exciting time for me; in academic circles we talk about how certain conferences bring out all of “our people.”  For me, #opened16 is that conference. You are my people and I hope you consider me one of your’s. Although…

The kids are watching

Even before my second daughter was born, I knew she would be a lot like me. Her spirit and I understood each other from the beginning. When I announced to my husband that her name would be Lindsay, it was her decision more than mine; she had told me what to call her in a dream, and it…

OLC Innovate: New Levels of Digital Participation

On April 20-22,  OLC-Innovate will be held in New Orleans on the edge of the French Quarter.  If you haven’t heard of the conference name before, it’s because this conference represents the combination of #et4online and blended conferences from years before. If you have a history of going to either one of those conferences, I encourage…

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…

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…

Thankfulness

I’m rich, white, happily married, have three healthy kids, and work out five times a week. It’s Thanksgiving every goddamned day for me. — Malibu Barbie (@lakarune) November 26, 2015 Yesterday was U.S. Thanksgiving and I have to admit that between the house guests, the cooking, the cleaning, and the finishing of Chapter 4 of…

#DLRN15: Early Reflections from a (Non-traditional) Student

The first #DLRN15 is over. It will be – as Mike Caulfield pronounced from the closing panel – one of those conferences that he (I) will “reflect on for months to come.” There may be some bigger, more important things to be said about #DLRN15 than what follows, but this is where I am with…