Building Engagement Online

The latest issue of Innovate ezine contains an interesting article by Pu-Shih Chen, Robert Gonyea, and George Kuh entitled, “Learning at a Distance: Engaged or Not?”  My first thought on reviewing it was that this was yet another “no significant difference” study…but I was wrong.  While noting initially that many senior academic officers expressed the… Read more Building Engagement Online

The Competitive Spirit

In the business world, firms are always attempting to develop a competitive advantage over their competitors. A competitive advantage suggests that a firm is doing something that is distinctive and cannot be duplicated by others. With that as background, I observed two events in the last 24 hours that have me thinking about competitive advantage…and… Read more The Competitive Spirit

Visualizations & Fine Print

Jeff Nugent blogged a fascinating piece today on knowledge representations through tag clouds. It is a subject we had brainstormed before, but in this post, he shared his reactions to a presentation at ELI by George Siemens and Cyprien Lomas on their use of ManyEyes…a web application from IBM that looked exciting and that I… Read more Visualizations & Fine Print

Only Thing To Fear…

At last week’s Educause Learning Initiative conference, they held an interesting session on Fear 2.0. Some videos and notes from this session can be found here. It reminded me of a blog post from last November that is still relevant, in which Terry Dolson notes: “The day after I read this {article on wired world… Read more Only Thing To Fear…

Passion-Based Learning

The January/February issue of Educause Review contains a wonderful article by John Seely Brown and Richard Adler entitled, “Minds on Fire: Open Education, The Long Tail, and Learning 2.0.” The article points out that in this flat world we find ourselves in, a well-educated workforce is needed with requisite competitive (read digital and social here)… Read more Passion-Based Learning

RSS Workshop

I did a brown-bag workshop today for faculty.  I feel that too few faculty take advantage of RSS feeds to inform their teaching and research. It occurred to me that I could impact many more faculty than the few who attend lunch sessions if I upload my presentation to SlideShare, which I did!  I may… Read more RSS Workshop