Teaching Over the Waterfall

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

Attention, Cognition, and Online Learning

Last week, I began discussing Michelle Miller’s new book, Minds Online: Teaching Effectively With Technology.  In my post, “Cognitively Optimized Online Course,” I reviewed the first three chapters on online learning, how it works, and the psychology of computing.  In this post, I look at the fourth chapter, on attention. Sooo … has the cute… Read more Attention, Cognition, and Online Learning

A New Center and A New Seven

I am excited to be headed to Boston next month to join the Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning Through Research at Northeastern University.  CATLR, led by Cigdem  Talgar, was formed by Senior Vice Provost Susan Ambrose, lead author of How Learning Works: Seven Research-Based Principles for Smart Teaching.  Each member of CATLR works with… Read more A New Center and A New Seven

30 Day Challenge – Day 12 – Serious eLearning, Seriously?

In the Online Learning Insights weekly news this morning, there is a review of the Serious eLearning Manifesto, released last week by four e-learning “instigators.” These instigators suggest that most elearning is broken, and that a new set of standards are required to raise elearning to its potential.  Quoting from the manifesto: Supporting Principles 1. … Read more 30 Day Challenge – Day 12 – Serious eLearning, Seriously?

Starting the New Year Open

Happy New Year, everyone.  Welcome to 2013!  I have two “open” new years resolutions. We have been talking about how the web has become increasingly open, social and participatory for the past four years…yet with the arrival of the MOOC bandwagon last year, “open” took on new significance.  So, as 2013 gets rolling, I and… Read more Starting the New Year Open