Greetings from the #OpenLearning17 Connected Learning Coach

This week marks the opening of Open Learning: A Connectivist MOOC for Faculty Collaboratives, a 15-week course that aims to “design and provide a helpful and stimulating learning experience for all participants that results in measurable improvement in the use of digital affordances and sustainable professional development connections across Virginia and other areas.” For the…

A Little Bird Gets a New Look (Visual Article Series)

I originally created and published A Little Bird Told Me: Maximizing Your Learning on Twitter in 2015.  The one page list of strategies was my first ever pinned tweet.  It has been one of my more successful online endeavors, capturing thousands of views and hundreds (maybe close to a thousand if you count across platforms) of downloads.  Instructors…

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…

Connecting Learning to Leadership

My doctoral research  focused on the epistemology, practice, and evaluation of connected learning.  Connected learning emphasizes the power of making connections across contexts, disciplines, people, and time. By encouraging students to connect academic work to personal hobbies, passion projects, after school jobs, and community living, educators imply that those activities have educational value when framed and…

Dissertating in the Open (Visual Article Series)

To continue my series of visual articles on educational research, I have branched out (or perhaps come home) to the act of dissertating in the open. The following is meant to introduce the idea – to show the overlap and points of potential integration between open scholarship and the process of planning, implementing, and publishing…

Describing Qualitative Methods in Educational Research: The Annotated Infographic

As I described in my last post, Understanding Educational Research and Design, I have spent a significant amount of the last year reading and evaluating the educational research literature for its structure, themes, and methods. I found problems; too many articles lacked epistemological framing, glossed over faulty sampling and data collection, provided minimal information on…

Understanding Educational Research Design: The Infographic

I.  This infographic represents a love letter, from me to the educational research community at large.  Over the last year, I have engaged in two large, systematic literature reviews, designed an educational research instrument, co-written an educational research grant, and completed and defended my dissertation research in educational research and evaluation.  These projects have not…

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…

An exercise in simple data visualization

Data visualization.  It’s a buzzword we hear frequently, usually in connection to other buzzwords like big data, business intelligence, dashboards, and accountability.  However, data visualization doesn’t have to be a buzzword.  As a concept, it can be quite simple: it is the act of collecting information and displaying it in ways that illuminate while allowing for…

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…