In my post last Saturday on eLearning Myths a Decade Later, Sue Waters in Australia asked a good question: While I first taught online at the University of Nebraska in 1995 (pre-LMS’s), I have been teaching continuously online since 2001. So I thought I would look back 18 years and 8 years, and compare my… Read more Changes in Two Decades of Online Teaching
In the 2019 Edublog challenge, yesterday we were to update an old post. I am catching up today, but I thought it might be interesting to go back and look at a post I did almost 11 years ago…in my first month of blogging. I posted “eLearning Myths” on February 16, 2008 while I was… Read more eLearning Myths a Decade Later
I made some minor changes to my posted teaching philosophy two years ago and last year…but it really had not been updated since 2014…and as we all know, the world of 2018 is markedly different from the world of 2014. The web now is not as friendly as it once was, and “truth” now carries… Read more Updating My Teaching Philosophy
I always tell my students this…and some may even believe it – but one reason I love teaching in this digital age is that being a teacher is less about expertise as it is about facilitating learning…and that includes my own learning. So I tell my students that I learn as much from them as… Read more The Next Disruption
I unplugged a bit this past week. My wife and I were celebrating our 46th wedding anniversary with a trip through western Pennsylvania, visiting two of Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses – Kentuck Knob and FallingWater. Both houses were interesting in that they pushed the boundaries of what typical houses were. One of Wright’s core beliefs… Read more Teaching Over the Waterfall
For the 12th year in a row, Jane Hart is once again asking professionals to vote on their own top tools for learning. I always look forward to Jane’s call for votes…as it provides an opportunity for me to reflect on my own use. Last year’s compilation can be found here. My post last year… Read more Tools Retrograde
Two days ago, Faculty Focus posted an excellent article on Is My Teaching Learning Centered?. One aspect of this post that really resonated with me was that it was question-driven. My good friend Enoch Hale has said in the past that: “…the questions we ask drive the thinking we do. Conversely, the questions we fail… Read more Learning Centered Questions for ELearning Design
Dave Weinberger had a very interesting post on Backchannel last week that suggest AI now has knowledge we will never understand. Dave noted: “We are increasingly relying on machines that derive conclusions from models that they themselves created, models that are often beyond human comprehension, models that “think” about the world differently than we do.”… Read more Defining Online: Ask the Machines?
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?
Monty Jones at VCU emailed several of us today with an interesting thought query from Brianne Adams: What are the seminal texts in online education? Given how fast the field has evolved, are there any? I have been evolved with online education for two decades, and along the way, there were books that had a… Read more Seminal Books on Online Learning