I always tell my students this…and some may even believe it – but one reason I love teaching in this digital age is that being a teacher is less about expertise as it is about facilitating learning…and that includes my own learning. So I tell my students that I learn as much from them as… Read more The Next Disruption
A new blogging challenge has emerged called blimage – a “blog image” challenge: You must use an image sent to you and “incorporate it into your blog, and write a post about learning based on it…Then pass an image of your choice on to someone else so they can do their own #blimage challenge.” Read… Read more Blimage Challenge: The Rock Arch
Over the past two weeks, I have been reviewing Michelle Miller‘s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. This post looks at the last two chapters, on motivation and on putting it all together. Michelle noted that motivational challenges are one of the main differences between online and on campus teaching. “Motivation,” as Michelle… Read more Minds Online – A Wrap
I am continuing to explore Michelle Miller‘s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. This post looks at her examination of the third broad area of cognition – Thinking – as well as the effective use of multimedia in online courses. Michelle defined “thinking” as: “…using logic to reason based on the available information,… Read more Thinking Better (and Visually)
The last two posts have dealt with Michelle Miller’s new book Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology. This post continues with an examination of Chapter 5 on Memory. Michelle starts this chapter by noting that “…memory is central to the cognitive side of teaching and learning.” This brought to mind the review my colleagues and… Read more Applying Memory Research to Online Teaching
…or maybe not connecting some dots… Thinking about two blog posts this morning how they weave into thoughts about online teaching and learning. The first was by Debbie Morrison – “What the Internet is Doing to Our Education Culture: Book Review of The Shallows“. Debbie reviewed the book by Nicholas Carr – The Shallows: What… Read more Connecting Some Dots
A delivery from Barnes and Noble is like Christmas in July. As much as I like digital, there is something comforting about holding a book. Here are the next four books I plan to read this summer: . Looking forward to jumping in! And by the way, they are sitting on one of my favorite… Read more My Next Summer Reading Plans
Michael Bugeja’s opinion piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, “Reduce the Technology, Rescue Your Job,” struck a nerve today. He started by noting that for “most of this decade, professors embraced the pedagogy of engagement, wooing students via technology and ignoring the costs because traditional methods, from textbooks to lectures, purportedly bored students who… Read more What Walls Need Tearing Down?
I just finished reading Curtis J. Bonk’s new book, The World is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that Wiley, the publisher, emailed me after I reviewed Dan Willingham’s book in a previous post and asked if they could send me Bonk’s book for… Read more Faculty Development in An Open World
I just finished reading Dan Willingham’s (2009) book, Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom. It is an excellent book full of practical suggestions to improve teaching, both online and in the classroom. Dan Willingham is currently Professor of Psychology… Read more Why Don’t Students Like School?