The 19th Annual SLOAN Consortium International Conference on Online Learning (did you notice…I said NINETEENTH) kicked off today. Our keynoter this afternoon brought our attention to the fact that SLOAN has been fostering a conversation about online learning for 19 years. With the Year of the MOOC last year notwithstanding, online learning was not discovered… Read more SLOAN Online Conference Day One
This past weekend, I was in my old hometown of Atlanta for the first Teaching Professor Technology Conference. With only 650 people attending, the conference had an intimate feeling to it. This was one of the first conferences I have attended in which I knew very few people, but friends were quickly made…and I added… Read more Integrating Teaching and Technology
With my colleagues at the VCU Center for Teaching Excellence, we have challenged ourselves this Fall to dedicate time each week to exploring a learning framework that has informed our work for years – the Community of Inquiry Framework. Or as Bud Deihl so eloquently stated, we are starting a Community of Inquiry about the… Read more Inquiring into CoI
After finishing Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age by Helen Beetham and Rhona Sharpe, that I discussed in my last post, I have moved to a book I have meant to read for years – The Courage to Teach by Parker Palmer. Self confession time. I do read a lot, but not all my books… Read more Courage to Teach Online
I joined Jeff Nugent and David McLeod for a final podcast for this Spring’s GRAD-602 class. For the past 15 weeks, we explored “Teaching, Learning and Technology” with our VCU Preparing Future Faculty students. We comment today on our perceptions about this class and the future they face in higher education. Give a listen! … Read more Developing Future Faculty
I’ll reflect more tomorrow…but this evening was fascinating. Malcolm Brown of Educause was our initial thought leader, and in 6 minutes, he suggested we look at the Horizon Report as a process of design thinking, working on “wicked problems.”. David Sibbet then facilitated our initial session trying to capture some hindsights about the Horizon Project… Read more Our First Session at the NMC Horizon Retreat
I have no real idea … just some notions, but I am lucky enough to be attending a neat retreat focused on just this question. I am attending a retreat hosted by the New Media Consortium, which publishes the Horizon Report annually. With well over one million downloads and 27 translations in the past ten… Read more What is the Future of Education?
My wife was shopping at Jo-Ann‘s Fabrics this afternoon, which meant I was across the street with a cup of coffee and my Nook ereader. I have just started Larry Rosen’s 2010 book Rewired: Understanding the iGeneration and the Way They Learn. So far, I am only up through Chapter 2, but I came across… Read more Sorta Like the Sky
Wired Magazine in the August issue has a cute article discussing the future that never happened. When I was growing up, I watched the Jetsons and Johnny Quest every week, but the cold reality is that my flying car and jet packs just have not materialized. But while that is true, the world has changed… Read more Learning Swarms?
Over the weekend, I started a little project that will last a LOOOONNNNGGGG time. My daughters have given me a scanner so that I might digitally scan some of the 2400+ 35mm slides that are sitting in storage up in the attic. Works great, though it takes 8 minutes to do 4 slides. (You do… Read more DIYU, Probably Not, But Use DIYU Resources, Definitely!