Dave Weinberger had a very interesting post on Backchannel last week that suggest AI now has knowledge we will never understand. Dave noted: “We are increasingly relying on machines that derive conclusions from models that they themselves created, models that are often beyond human comprehension, models that “think” about the world differently than we do.”… Read more Defining Online: Ask the Machines?
During the second week of EDU 6323 – Technology as a Medium for Learning, I had my graduate students examine blogging for learning. In addition to starting Michelle Miller’s Minds Online, they read Stephen Downes’ Educational Blogging, Henry Jenkins‘ Why Academics Should Blog, Steve Wheeler’s Seven Reasons Teachers Should Blog, Sue Waters‘ Top 10 Ways… Read more Should Students Blog?
Monty Jones at VCU emailed several of us today with an interesting thought query from Brianne Adams: What are the seminal texts in online education? Given how fast the field has evolved, are there any? I have been evolved with online education for two decades, and along the way, there were books that had a… Read more Seminal Books on Online Learning
It has been awhile since I blogged…but as I move into retirement from faculty development and spend more time teaching adjunct, my blog offers a place to reflect on my online teaching. I am currently teaching a graduate course for Northeastern University – Technology as a Medium for Learning (EDU6323). I was asked to completely… Read more First Week in EDU6323
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
Kristi Bronkey had a nice article in Faculty Focus yesterday entitled “Re-Thinking Direct Instruction in Online Learning.” She noted that while direct instruction had a bad reputation associated with passive learning, it did not have to reflect passivity. She suggested a model framed around the notions of “I Do, We Do, and You Do.” I… Read more Direct Instruction and Learning Science
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
Monday, I attended a regional conference hosted by the Harvard University Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning on active learning. It was a good day of conversation with colleagues from some 35 institutions in the area. I met Jim Lang of Assumption College, and he pointed out that “active learning” is a potential active… Read more Cognitively Optimized Online Course