Worst Practices

It is day two at the ITC eLearning 2008 conference, and this morning we heard a very engaging presentation by Myk Garn, Associate Vice President for eLearning/Executive Director of the Kentucky Virtual Campus. Myk started the session by noting that conferences in general are filled with presentations on “best practices” but most learning occurs from… Read more Worst Practices

E-Learning Myths

I am down in St Petersburg for the eLearning 2008 Conference, hosted by the Instructional Technology Council, celebrating their 30th year supporting the American Association of Community Colleges. If you have not guessed from my previous posts, I love working with my colleagues in the Center for Teaching Excellence at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.… Read more E-Learning Myths

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