Bridging the Chasm

In 10 days, we start our summer institute on online teaching and learning.  This is an experiment of sorts for my institution.  For the first time, our institute this year will be the start of an upcoming year-long process to help a cohort of faculty develop and teach online classes.  Following the institute, each member… Read more Bridging the Chasm

Great Ideas

I am a huge fan of Hugh MacLeod‘s art.  His “Great Ideas” really resonated with me. I could not help but think about the resistance I have seen over the years regarding moving from class-based instruction to online instruction.  My hope is that faculty are beginning to move beyond their fear of online learning to… Read more Great Ideas

High Concept – High Touch

One of the things I love about Twitter is how unexpectedly a nugget comes across that grabs your attention.  Such a nugget arrived this weekend from Emily Hurst attending the Medical Library Association 2010 conference. She was forwarding a remark from Daniel Pink, keynoter at that conference.  His comment resonated with me, particularly as I… Read more High Concept – High Touch

Old School, New School

I had the opportunity to attend the virtual ELI Spring Focus Session today on Mobile Learning 2.0. As the program noted: “Although mobile learning has different meanings for different communities, we know that learning is deepened and enriched when students have options for their learning for multiple paths through course content. Mobile technology not only… Read more Old School, New School

CTE Teaching and Learning Podcast – Making the Transition to Online Teaching

Last December, I had the opportunity to participate in a podcast in the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence‘s Teaching and Learning podcast series with Dr. Lynda Gillespie, Director of Technology for Chesterfield County Public Schools and adjunct professor for the VCU School of Education.  The original podcast was posted here, but I thought I should… Read more CTE Teaching and Learning Podcast – Making the Transition to Online Teaching

Final Day of BbWorld09

Yesterday was the final day of Blackboard World 2009.  It was an enjoyable conference.  I met some interesting colleagues who are all grappling with best ways to teach online.  It was great seeing old friends from Georgia Virtual Technical College.  Twitter as a backchannel was going strong, and I added quite a few new contacts… Read more Final Day of BbWorld09

BbWorld09 Day Two

I thoroughly enjoyed this second day at Blackboard World 2009. Bud Deihl and I presented this morning on weaving the social web into learning while still using the Blackboard learning management system for the things for which it was good.  We used the class that Jon Becker and I taught last spring as an example. … Read more BbWorld09 Day Two