Tomorrow, I fly to Orlando for the 2013 SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning. With my colleague David McLeod of University of Oklahoma, I will be doing a presentation on “Liberating Students: Harnessing the Power of Open Student-Generated Content.” We will showcase our use of open processes such as WordPress, Protopage, and Google apps to… Read more Off to SLOAN
Emeril Lagasse is always suggesting that when cooking you need to “kick it up another notch!” The same could be said about online discussions. After a couple of weeks tied up in faculty search interviews and conferences, our Center for Teaching Excellence study group on Community of Inquiry got back together Thursday, and we had… Read more Kicking Discussions Up A Notch
Our team study group continues to meet weekly to explore the Community of Inquiry framework. As mentioned last week, we have all read Randy Garrison’s 2011 Second Edition of E-Learning in the Twenty-First Century. Garrison asserts in his book that the framework has been researched enough to be called a theoretical framework. We are still… Read more Cogitating on Cognitive Presence
According to a new infographic shared by Paul Corrigan of Southeastern University, the answer is NO. In “Grow the 8%“, Paul cites research that suggests that only a quarter of higher education professors use something other than lecture as their primary method of instruction, and only 8 percent of faculty take into account the research… Read more Does Research Inform Teaching?
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
Last week in GRAD-602, Jeff Nugent led an exploration on assessment. We noted that a distinction can be made between learning for mastery versus the traditional approach that typically leads to sorting and sifting students. This provided a segway to the evening’s focus on formative and summative assessment. In class, we brainstormed ways in which… Read more Roundtable Discussion on Assessment
We have moved into our third week in the University of Edinburgh’s Coursera MOOC – E-Learning and Digital Cultures and have shifted from examining utopias and dystopias to an examination of what it means to be “human” in a digital age. This is a timely examination for me, as it gave me a new… Read more EDCMOOC Week 3 and Being Human
Again this spring, Jeff Nugent, David McLeod and I will be co-teaching GRAD-602 – Teaching, Learning and Technology. For the first time, we have chosen to run the course in the open rather than using the traditional Blackboard LMS. Our course website is here. We have 26 graduate students with us for this learning journey,… Read more Spring 2013 GRAD-602 Underway
This week in our Teaching, Learning and Technology course, GRAD-602, we will explore active learning. I was delighted that one of our students jumped in to the topic early with her post, “Educators Against Active Learning.” Now, EvoAcademic is not against active learning herself. Rather, she is commenting about Kevin Mattson‘s 2005 article, “Why ‘Active… Read more Which Word is Emphasized in “Active Learning”?