Last year, I was asked to develop a new course for a new Certificate in Catholic School Leadership. My course is the middle course in a three-course program, and the pilot group started my course this week. Given that the course focuses on technology, communication, and school improvement, I decided to have my students blog… Read more New Class New Perspectives
Jeff Nugent, now Director of Learning and Applied Innovation at Colgate University, used to talk to Bud Deihl and I over coffee about synchronicity, noting that themes…particularly on the web…seemed to surface at the same time. The one for me this week was “little b blogging.” Cogdog started it off for me, noting that “…after… Read more A Little b Blogger
During the second week of EDU 6323 – Technology as a Medium for Learning, I had my graduate students examine blogging for learning. In addition to starting Michelle Miller’s Minds Online, they read Stephen Downes’ Educational Blogging, Henry Jenkins‘ Why Academics Should Blog, Steve Wheeler’s Seven Reasons Teachers Should Blog, Sue Waters‘ Top 10 Ways… Read more Should Students Blog?
This spring, I am fortunate to be once again co-teaching GRAD-602 with Jeffrey Nugent. We are joined this year by our CTE Graduate Fellow, Laura Gogia. As we have done in the past, we will have our GRAD-602 students reflecting on the class using individual blogs. Jeff, Laura and I sat down Friday morning to… Read more A Conversation about Blogging
This spring, I am co-teaching a graduate course in the VCU Preparing Future Faculty Program called Teaching, Learning and Technology with my colleague Jeff Nugent. One of the requirements of the course is for our 24 doctoral students and post-docs to keep a learning journal via a personal blog. We have aggregated their posts onto… Read more A New Crop of Bloggers
I mentioned in my last post that I was shifting my online instruction this semester from one based on Blackboard discussions to one based on blog posts. Over the weekend, my graduate students posted their first blog posts in response to an assignment. I am teaching a graduate class called Educational Technology for School Leaders. … Read more New Bloggers
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
I admit it. I have not been blogging much lately. There are excuses. To a large degree, I have been wrapped up in other work, so my connections to networked learning have been primarily through Twitter. We have been gearing up for our week-long summer institute, which this year focuses on online learning. I have… Read more Blogging Confession
Apparently not me. When I started blogging two years ago, I was averaging three posts a week. Now I am down to one a month for the past few months. Luckily, there are those who do blog, as my Google Reader affirms daily! I still enjoy reading blogs, but I have fallen out of the… Read more Who Blogs Anymore?
Bud Deihl and I traveled north a few miles to attend the University of Mary Washington’s Faculty Academy 2009 in Fredericksburg, VA. It was a chance to reconnect face-to-face with some of my Twitter friends like Martha Burtis (see her reflections on this day here), George Brett and Laura Blankenship. One of the highlights for… Read more Is the CMS Dead? (…and other UMW FA 2009 Fun)