Synchronous vs Asynchronous Debate

On Sunday, March 22nd, I was joined by two brilliant ladies, Dr. Maha Bali and Dr. Peggy Semingson in a #HumanMOOC Google Hangout.  We discussed the affordances and limitations of technology specifically synchronous and asynchronous communications in online courses. Dr. Semingson makes some good points about the personal attention that can be given to an…

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Voice and Video tools – which one do you prefer?

This week in the #HumanMOOC the community shared their thoughts on how to enhance Instructor Presence using three different tools.  They used the video recording functionality in Canvas to record an instructor introduction video and gather feedback from their peers, then we took to the web to utilize VoiceThread and FlipGrid. The VoiceThread below contains…

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Dr. Phil Ice talks about the Community of Inquiry

In this interview of Dr. Phil Ice, we talk about what drew him into researching the Community of Inquiry in the first place.  He explains how retention is tied back to social presence in online learning and explains how important teaching presence (or instructor presence) is at the start of a course.  He discusses how important…

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Instructor Presence on #HumanMOOC with @drchuck

Tonight Robin Bartoletti and I had the honor of talking with Dr. Chuck Severance.  Dr. Severance shared some of his background and expertise in creating instructional videos that help establish instructor presence.  He is such a delight to talk to that it was hard to keep it to 30 minutes. Some of the participants in #HumanMOOC were tweeting:…

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Degrees vs. Micro-Credentials: Two VCs Slug It Out

Panelists: Christopher Nyren: Founder of Educelerate Inc. @cnyren Ryan Craig – University Ventures – author: The Great Unbundling of Higher Education  Matthew Greenfield: Managing Partner at Rethink Education Session: http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP41683 _____________________ Notes from the session at SXSWEDU. 3 very different investing styles. Ryan Craig has invested in higher education and the money has shifted from the University to…

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License 2 Skill: Building Digital Credential Value

Panelists: Michael Cordero, Lead Educator at Urban Arts Partnership Johnathan Finkelstein, Credly Founder and CEO Larry Johnson, CEO of The New Media Consortium Tracy Petrillo, Chief Learning Officer at EDUCAUSE Tracy Petrillo: The value of Digital Credentials were hard for me to accept because I have always worked with more formalized credentials.  If you are struggling…

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Bill and Melinda Gates Panel: Improving Teaching and Learning Now

Session Notes: The session began with a e-Literate-TV: regarding Developmental Math (to be released soon on e-LiterateTV) http://schedule.sxswedu.com/events/event_EDUP991240  The session is implementation focused Daniel Patrick Moynihan regarding education and systems thinking in 1971: This is not a simple input-output system. Jen McGrath: Rio Salado: Systems approach – we communicate well and include many people in the…

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The big announcement from UTx – TEx

At SXSWEDU on Tuesday, March 10th Dr. Marni Baker-Stein shared the news that the UT system has developed a total experience system for teaching and learning online in a competency format.  She said “UTx is a launchpad for cutting edge innovation in learning across 15 institutions in the UT System.” The first of such programs…

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Resolving the Conflict between Higher Education and Social Media

Originally posted by Whitney Kilgore on December 17, 2012 – 8:05 pm (on facultyecommons.com)  Dr. Sarah Smith-Robbins, known to her colleagues and social media followers as “Intellagirl,” gave a terrific Educause seminar on The Conflict Between Educational Technology and Institutional Education, and the Future. In the Educause video recording, Smith-Robbins characterizes the conflict saying that social media is changing access…

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Bring your Own Device 4 Learning

Next week a truly open learning experience will take place online and I’m honored to be a facilitator. Bring your own device for learning is a collaborative open event that kicks off with a Twitter chat on Sunday at 2pm Central and 8pm Central using both #txeduchat and #byod4lchat hashtags.  The week of January 12-16 there…

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