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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My #fedwikihappening experience

I was lucky to have been a part of a very, very messy learning experience this holiday season.  This learning experience was not a MOOC but rather a connectivist learning experience called “a happening” per Mike Caulfield. The happening was a semi-structured community learning experience using Federated Wiki as an authoring tool.  The goal of the happening,…

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a look inside Motivis Learning’s competency based platform

Competency based education (CBE) is not new but the interest in CBE has been supercharged lately.  Karen Ford at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) has published a very helpful literature review on the topic: Competency-Based Education History, Opportunities, and Challenges and dates early models of competency-based learning back to the 1920’s and 1930’s as mastery learning…

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Strategies for Providing Feedback in Online Courses

The video below is from The Center Moderator Michelle Pacansky-Brock discusses the power of the human voice (depth, warmth, and intonation) with two faculty who give feedback to their own students using video and voice.  They share their own processes for giving feedback in this manner. Hangout Archive from: The Center  Use Audio and Video Feedback.…

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Faculty Satisfaction Teaching Fully Online Courses

Posted July 5, 2013 on The Faculty Commons: The demand for online courses has increased dramatically–so has the number of faculty teaching online. Online pedagogy has evolved over a short period of time, creating challenges with changing delivery methods, training, support, and course development. As faculty reflect on their experiences, are they satisfied teaching in the…

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Humanizing Online Instruction

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Humanizing Online Instruction: An analysis of the literature regarding the Community of Inquiry   Ice, P., Curtis, R., Phillips, P. & Wells, J. (2007). Using Asynchronous Audio Feedback to Enhance Teaching Presence and Students’ Sense of Community. Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks, 11(2), 3-25. In this article, Ice et al. (2007) state student satisfaction is…

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Networked Learning about Analytics

A conversation with Sandeep Jayaprakash… A few weeks ago I reached out to Sandeep Jayaprakash in order to connect and learn more about the work that he has been doing in the field of learning analytics.  Today, we met via Google Hangout and he shared his project with me. The learning analytics project that we discussed was the…

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#DALMOOC – Day Zero

The weekend offered an opportunity to catch up on the Google Hangouts that occurred late last week. Both the designing DALMOOC video and the Introduction to DALMOOC video were very helpful in setting the stage for the course and what is to come over the next few weeks on edX and beyond.  If you haven’t…

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Seriously? MOOCs again?

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For those of you who reading this, please note that this is the topic of the week in my PhD course. Is Sebastian Thrun on to something? When thinking about the questions posed this week, I prefer to begin by talking about Udacity and Thrun’s aha moment.  I watched the news closely when Sebastian Thrun was…

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