Digital Literacy

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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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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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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Humanizing Online Instruction

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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Designing educational experiences for the mobile device

Given where the field of educational/learning technologies has been over the last several decades, where do you believe it will go next? I have read for years that learning would become more personalized.  What’s more personal than the device in your pocket or purse?  Mobile learning (M-learning), which is defined as learning methods and materials…

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Learning Technologies Bias?

What is learning and teaching to me? Learning occurs all around us, in coffee shops, while talking on the phone, while searching for answers online, and yes, in classes (online and face-to-face).  I do not believe that teachers are needed in order for learning to occur, however, teaching is evolving into a facilitation role of…

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