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Thinking Better (and Visually)

Thinking Better (and Visually)

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, […]

Applying Memory Research to Online Teaching

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 […]

My Kind of Learner

My Kind of Learner

. I saw this image this morning, and my first impression is that this was a great metaphor for the kind of learner I would like to be … and the kind of enthusiasm and joy for learning that I would hope to imbue in my students.  Every morning, my first website after emails is […]

Moving Day at the CTE

Moving Day at the CTE

Today is our final packing day here at the Center for Teaching Excellence at VCU.  Over the weekend, movers will haul our stuff across the street to our new academic building.  My new office will be halfway down the top floor. So, after nearly seven years here at the CTE, my third office.  We were […]

Yet Another Pi Day Has Come

Yet Another Pi Day Has Come

Another Pi Day (3.14) is upon us, and math geeks worldwide celebrate this most famous of irrational numbers. For those who would love to follow the thread, here is a link to one million digits of pi. Yet, I feel some other just as good irrational numbers are being left out.  There are plenty of […]

Shift in Access Equals Shift in Power

Shift in Access Equals Shift in Power

On Thursday afternoons for the past few weeks, I have been joining Jeff Nugent‘s graduate class in VCU‘s Preparing Future Faculty program.  This class of twenty-four bright masters and doctoral students probe concepts at the intersection of teaching, learning and technology, and through the process, keep a learning journal in the form of a blog.  […]

Reflection Wordle

End of Semester Reflections

As a final assignment in the online course I team-taught with Lynda Gillespie, we had our students reflect on the journey they took over the 14 weeks of class.  Our course is Educational Technology for School Leaders, a graduate course in the Ed Leadership masters at VCU.  We were fortunate in this class to have […]

Faculty Resource Guide for Online Teaching

This week, we launched a project that has been in development for the past five months.  The past few years have seen significant growth in the development of online learning in both K-12 and higher education settings. With an estimated four million college students taking at least one online course this year, and forty-four states […]

Knee 2.0

Knee 2.0

I have not posted for quite a while, with the primary reason being an upgrade of my old body.  My colleague Jeff Nugent termed my pending knee replacement as an upgrade to Knee 2.0, which seemed very appropriate. So a little over two weeks ago, the good team at West End Orthopaedic retooled me with […]

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