I am a huge fan of Hugh MacLeod‘s art. His “Great Ideas” really resonated with me. I could not help but think about the resistance I have seen over the years regarding moving from class-based instruction to online instruction. My hope is that faculty are beginning to move beyond their fear of online learning to… Read more Great Ideas
One of the things I love about Twitter is how unexpectedly a nugget comes across that grabs your attention. Such a nugget arrived this weekend from Emily Hurst attending the Medical Library Association 2010 conference. She was forwarding a remark from Daniel Pink, keynoter at that conference. His comment resonated with me, particularly as I… Read more High Concept – High Touch
As many of you know, we have spend the past few months preparing for our summer institute. Each summer, our Center for Teaching Excellence runs an intensive week-long institute on teaching with technology. Our theme this summer is teaching online, and in concert with our Provost, we are funding twenty faculty to work with us… Read more Mixed Signals about Online Teaching
I just finished reading Cassandra Smith’s Who Let This Disaster in My Classroom?: A Practical Guide for Online Instructors and Some Funny Stories Along The Way (2009: Resource Publications). What a disaster! And not in a good way. I bought this book because I was intrigued by Tony Bate’s review in his blog. Tony had… Read more Who Let This Disaster on My Reading List?
Last December, I had the opportunity to participate in a podcast in the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence‘s Teaching and Learning podcast series with Dr. Lynda Gillespie, Director of Technology for Chesterfield County Public Schools and adjunct professor for the VCU School of Education. The original podcast was posted here, but I thought I should… Read more CTE Teaching and Learning Podcast – Making the Transition to Online Teaching
I just finished reading Dan Willingham’s (2009) book, Why Don’t Students Like School?: A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom. It is an excellent book full of practical suggestions to improve teaching, both online and in the classroom. Dan Willingham is currently Professor of Psychology… Read more Why Don’t Students Like School?
Yesterday was the final day of Blackboard World 2009. It was an enjoyable conference. I met some interesting colleagues who are all grappling with best ways to teach online. It was great seeing old friends from Georgia Virtual Technical College. Twitter as a backchannel was going strong, and I added quite a few new contacts… Read more Final Day of BbWorld09
I thoroughly enjoyed this second day at Blackboard World 2009. Bud Deihl and I presented this morning on weaving the social web into learning while still using the Blackboard learning management system for the things for which it was good. We used the class that Jon Becker and I taught last spring as an example. … Read more BbWorld09 Day Two
Just completed the first day at BbWorld 2009 in Washington DC. The setting has been wonderful – the new Gaylord Resort in National Harbor. Bud Deihl and I are attending together and it has been fun hearing his perspective on the various sessions. There has been an active Twitter backchannel linked here, so check that… Read more Unicorns in a Balloon Factory
In the past three posts, I have covered the first 39 “rules” from Alan Webber’s Rules of Thumb.: 52 Truths For Winning at Business Without Losing Your Self (2009). I found this book to be relevant not only for entrepreneurs in business, but for those changing the paradigm of teaching by moving online. This post… Read more The Fourth and Last Set of Rules