Stephen Downes is one of my heroes – a pioneer in online learning. However, I think he missed the mark with his post yesterday entitled “My Take on the Top 25“. Stephen took Jane Hart’s Slideshow of the Day list of the top 25 technologies – and commented on where they fit (or did not… Read more Living In the Real World
This Saturday, I will be doing some guest lecturing in our Fast Track Executive MBA “mini-camp” here at VCU. They have asked me to demonstrate “collaborative software.” I am looking forward to this session, but the language they have used demonstrates how the world is evolving. We really do not use “software” anymore for collaboration… Read more Web Collaboration
My wife and I are down in Augusta GA to celebrate my parent’s 60th anniversary. Here is a picture from August, 1948, when my parents wed in Atlanta GA. I came along 2 years later, followed by my two brothers. They were typical of the Greatest Generation – hard working, dedicated, and committed to making… Read more Happy Anniversary, Mom and Dad
Image via Wikipedia Academics go by a different timeline than the rest of the world. Our year does not start on January 1, but rather on the first day of the Fall semester. There is a different feel to Virginia Commonwealth University today with smiling students jossling between buildings and classrooms. I threw the switch… Read more Happy New Year (and Zemanta)
Following up on my post earlier this week on The Meaning of Free, I joined my colleagues Jeff Nugent and Bud Deihl for some coffee and conversation – triggered by the announcement that Jott was out of beta and would now cost for service. This is a service that we have grown to depend on,… Read more When Free is Not Free
I have fallen in love with Pandora, a web based “radio station.” If you have not tried it, you register for free, and then put in a song you like, and Pandora takes that song and develops a playlist of similar songs. I have found that it has a vast repository of songs and have… Read more The Meaning of Free
In getting set to start the Fall Semester teaching an online class, I have been totally revamping the previous course I taught (as you know from previous posts) and have been neck-deep in Blackboard. This week, I had a BFO – Navy lingo for a Blinding Flash of the Obvious! My BFO – Blackboard may… Read more My BFO of the Week
I was checking out a cool visualization application that Jeff Nugent alerted me to in Twitter this morning – Twitter StreamGraph. I entered “elearning” and got the following graph: Since Twitter Streamgraph grabs the last 200 tweets that used the word “elearning”, it makes me wonder what happened on August 6th that jumped its usage… Read more What Happened August 6th?
I spent most of today mapping out the first four weeks of my Fall graduate course, Instructional Strategies Using the Internet – a totally online course with students scattered over three states. As this is now an Ed Leadership course, Jon Becker and I are taking it from a strictly Web 1.0 classroom focused course… Read more Backwards Translation
I love Twitter, because little nuggets continue to flow through my stream that stretch my thinking. One of those came from Scott Meech yesterday: Great question, Scott! I would be interested in knowing more about the workshop Scott was attending. How did they define “literacy”? It seems the word is popping up all over the… Read more What Makes Us Literate These Days?