Bring the baby?

How are we creating student centered learning environments and meeting the needs of all learners? Well at the University of Tennessee one professor is making news for doing just that. According to an article in USA Today, Sally Hunter’s response to a student who was unable to find childcare for her daughter. To which the…

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Stay curious, lead and be resilient, and show your gratitude

Phi Kappa Phi speech

This weekend was a surreal experience for me. As a newly minted PhD, I was able to return to my alma mater and deliver the keynote address at the induction ceremony for the oldest multidisciplinary honor society in the country! I was invited by my friend and  mentor Dr. JoAnn Canales, Dean of Graduate Studies at…

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Call for Papers

Dear Colleague, Sue Beckingham and I would like to invite you to consider submitting an expression of interest to the ‘Influence of Social Media on Online Education” stream within the International Journal on Innovations in Online Education (IJIOE) http://onlineinnovationsjournal.com/. Our plan for this stream is to feature innovative ways that social media is being used in…

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UX to LX: The Rise of Learner Experience Design

>Published on EdSurge 6.20.16 The term “user experience” or “UX” wasn’t always an overused Silicon Valley buzzword. Coined in the mid ‘90s by Don Norman, while he was vice president of advanced technology at Apple, it refers to an abstract way to describe the relationship between a product and a human. Back then, Norman argued…

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HigherEd EdTech Decision Making

Over the years, I’ve served on edtech committees, adopted numerous technologies in support of teaching and learning, and even been the consultant providing expert advice to a University who was in the middle of a key decision making process. Through all these roles I’ve held in my career in edtech, I’ve often wondered how the…

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Another #HumanMOOC starts 11/14/16

On November 14th the course Humanizing Online Instruction: #HumanMOOC will begin again. I’m delighted to be working with Maha Al-Freih, Patrice Torcivia Prusko, and Matt Crosslin again on the course. This time we will be utilizing a new social learning discussion and curation tool called YellowDig and hope to gain some valuable insights into the…

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LX Design: Remix your Learning Experience Design Process

Notes from the session at SXSWEDU: Remix your Learning Experience Design Process Led by: Martin Moran & Lindsey Own Session designed for K12 educators, provided insights that are aligned with my own work with faculty in the learning design process in higher education. Start the conversation with educator by asking “what is the cool thing that you…

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Gratitude for #dLRN15

I feel very privileged, humbled, and honored to have had the opportunity to attend the dLRN conference at Stanford University and to present some of the ideas and research that I’ve been working on with colleagues Maha Al-Freih, Joyce Seitzinger, Rebecca Hogue, Maha Bali, Autumm Caines, Jeffrey Keeler, Rolin Moe, and Matt Crosslin.  As an…

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Design Thinking session at #olc15

At the Online Learning Consortium Conference Patrice Prusko from Cornell and I presented a session on Design Thinking to re-imagine Professional Development.  The slides can be accessed here. Patrice and I met during the OLC #et4online conference and have been meeting every other Saturday since that conference via Skype. The focus of our meetings has…

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Get Involved in K-12 Online Learning Research: Notes from #olc15

The pre-conference session presented by the Michigan Virtual Learning Research Institute Team (Kathryn Kennedy, Joe Freidhoff, Kristen DeBruler, Rebecca Stimson, & Justin Bruno) along with Jered Borum from George Mason University & Michael Barbour from Sacred Heart University was quite interesting. I’ve summarized the highlights here for those interested in the topic. The Michigan Virtual…

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