My Fall 2010 online course kicked off this past weekend, and unlike face-to-face classes, the process of getting to know my students is slow but interesting. Three-quarters have now logged in, but by the nature of the design, it will be a week before many of them begin interacting with each other. My students are… Read more Blogging Into the New Academic Year
Our team from the CTE at Virginia Commonwealth University, Jeffrey Nugent, Bud Deihl, and myself, head down to North Carolina tomorrow to present at the 2010 Elon University Teaching and Learning Conference: Connectivity in Higher Education. Jeff is leading a presentation with me on new opportunities afforded by networked learning, while I am teaming with… Read more Off to Elon U Tomorrow
A few years back, the online comic XKCD put out a Map Of Online Communities. I used it as an icebreaker in more than one presentation or online class. Now, Ethan Bloch has updated this view of the social media landscape with a new map: . I love the fact that even the lolcats got… Read more An Updated Social Networking Map
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