Jim Lang is out with his Second Edition to Small Teaching. Anyone who follows me knows that I have liked this series, blogging about the First Edition here and the companion book that Flower Darby and Jim wrote on Small Teaching Online here. I first met Jim Lang at a local brainstorming session in Boston… Read more Small Teaching Revisited
On Monday evening, I was in a Zoom conference with some Fall students and fellow doctoral teachers doing an overview of the fall class. Towards the end of the hour, one student began to vent about the fact that we were not lowering out standards during a time of high stress. He could not believe… Read more Empathy, Stress and Teaching Philosophies
I was out walking today listening to Pandora, and Pink Floyd’s Another Brick in the Wall came on. One of my favorites … and it reminded me of a recent blog post by Seth Godin on The Learning / Doing Gap. As Godin noted, “To quote the ancient rockers, ‘We don’t need no… education.’ But… Read more Are You Another Brick?
…and I obviously mean the song…not the firearm (or arming of teachers!)! I have always been a fan of 38 Special…and this song played today on my Pandora stream as I was driving across town. (…and yes, I pulled over to take this picture so as to not violate the law!) Cool lyrics that have… Read more 38 Special Pedagogy
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
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
Not sure why this did not show up on my radar scope the past 4 years, but a recent blog mentioned a Teal Organization…a term I had never heard. Looking in to it, I found it referred to a leadership philosophy espoused by Frederic Laloux in his 2014 book Reinventing Organizations: A Guide to Creating… Read more How Teal Are You?
It has been a while since I last blogged (5 months)…but for a retired person, I have been pretty busy, teaching 6 courses over those five months…including four graduate courses during the fall. Not planning to do that again for a while! Fun engaging with Masters students at Northeastern and doctoral students at Creighton, but… Read more Lessons from Robot-Proof
Adam Barger wrote a post this week in the Educause Review blog entitled, “Educational Technology Leadership and Practice in Higher Education: The Emergence of Threshold Concepts.” “Threshold” is an interesting term that grabs your attention! Merriam-Webster defines “threshold” as (a) the plank that lies under a door, (b) the place or point of an ending… Read more Inevitable Thresholds
As we approach the end of Spring semester in GRAD-602, our students are beginning to submit their reflections on the book they read for the course. They had a choice of five books: Ambrose, S. et. al. (2010). How Learning Works: 7 Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching Bain, K. (2011). What the Best College Teachers… Read more Evangelizing Teaching