An advertisement…but an interesting one: So how are we in higher education adapting to this revolution? Is the status quo even possible? (…and thanks to Jill Baedke for passing this to me…)
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 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
I just finished reading Curtis J. Bonk’s new book, The World is Open: How Web Technology Is Revolutionizing Education. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that Wiley, the publisher, emailed me after I reviewed Dan Willingham’s book in a previous post and asked if they could send me Bonk’s book for… Read more Faculty Development in An Open World
We wrap up our Center for Teaching Excellence annual Teaching and Learning with Technology Institute tomorrow, and it has been a wonderful week of discovery for ourselves and our 18 participants. It is always fun to immerse yourself with colleagues in explorations of teaching practices built around the web and networked learning. From delicious to… Read more A Nice Touch
As I checked my Facebook account last night, a chat box popped up from a colleague from a former institution, Gwinnett Technical College, where I worked in Georgia. We chatted for a few minutes, and she relayed a nice complement. She had stopped by our old college to visit with friends and discussion turned to… Read more I’ll Find Out, Sir!
Had a great first day at the League for Innovation’s 2009 conference. While I work at a wonderful four-year research university, my doctoral dissertation and first ten years in higher education revolved around two-year colleges. So it was refreshing to once again rub elbows with the dedicated faculty and administrators who handle a significant segment… Read more Day One of Innovations 2009
The participatory web has allowed groups with common interests to organize and collaborate in ways that were not possible just five years ago. Yesterday, Dr. Jonathon Becker, professor of Educational Leadership in the VCU School of Education, joined Jeff Nugent, Bud Deihl and myself of the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence to record a podcast… Read more Professional Development in a Networked World
Last night, Jon Becker, with whom I am co-teaching the online Educational Technology and School Leadership course for Virginia Commonwealth University, used Wimba Classroom to have an extended conversation with Ben Grey, instructional technology coordinator for a school district in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Ben had heard Jon’s presentation at K12Online Conference on “Facilitating… Read more The Becker – Grey Conversation
I have just finished reading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success (2008). For those who have not yet read it, it is a terrific book. Rather than focusing on intelligence and ambition as cause agents for success, Gladwell instead argues that success is more complex, linked to chance events and accidents of birth. Gladwell… Read more Am I An Outlier?