As I was driving in this morning, I was listening to NPR Morning Edition, and they aired a story about British Ambassador Tom Fletcher‘s farewell letter to Lebanon. Ambassador Fletcher has been at his post for the past three years, a time of tremendous strife with the Syrian conflict so close. As moving as the… Read more The Risk of Not Engaging
As I noted in my last post, 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… Read more A Dam Blimage Challenge
Jane Hart has issued her call for voting for the top tools we as professionals use for learning. I have voted in the past, as I noted in 2014 (here) and 2o12 (here), and I have always enjoyed the resulting Top One Hundred Tools list that Jane curates from the votes. Her list from last… Read more My Evolving Top Tools
My 30-Day Challenge question for today was sparked by a post this weekend from Paolo Narcisco – “Knowledge Management As We Know It May Not Exist in 2020 (and here’s why)“. Paolo wrote: “…Consider this scenario. In 2020, over 60% of the workforce will be made up of Millennials. While I come from the Connected… Read more 30 Day Challenge – Day 13 – Yik Yak Accountability
One of the “fundamental truths” that has informed my teaching for the past decade has been the seminal work by Arthur Chickering and Zelda Gamson back in 1987 – “Seven Principles of Good Practice in Undergraduate Education” – in which they synthesize fifty years of research to develop their seven principles. Arthur Chickering and Stephen… Read more 30 Day Challenge – Day 5 – New Principles
I discussed the first week in the Coursera course, E-Learning and Digital Cultures, in my last post. Now, four days later, it has been interesting to see the social side of this massive open online course unfold. Friday, I attended the Google Hangout session for the class. Bud Deihl joined me in my office as… Read more EDCMOOC Thoughts on Social Side
Back home in Richmond, VA tonight, but my brain is still buzzing from the excellent sessions and networking at ELI 2011. My post on the first day of ELI 2011 is here. David Wiley kicked off the second day with a keynote address on Open Educational Resources and Learning Analytics. Wiley noted that “open” carried… Read more ELI 2011 Wrap-Up
The Fall semester wrapped up mid-December with my departure for two weeks to visit family in New England, so I never really had the opportunity to reflect on my first use of blogging as a mode for instruction and class communication. Three grandkids have a way of prioritizing your time! Now that I have returned… Read more Is Networked Learning Doomed in Virginia K-12?
Wired Magazine in the August issue has a cute article discussing the future that never happened. When I was growing up, I watched the Jetsons and Johnny Quest every week, but the cold reality is that my flying car and jet packs just have not materialized. But while that is true, the world has changed… Read more Learning Swarms?
Over the weekend, I finished reading Bill Kist’s book The Socially Networked Classroom: Teaching in the New Media Age. Of course, given my past posts, this book really resonated with me. But I think it is a good resource for any faculty exploring the use of social media in instruction. One of the things I… Read more Bill Kist Book