Higher Education

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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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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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Reflections on the eMOOCs Conference

This week I had the privilege of presenting at the #eMOOCs conference in Mons, Belgium. As I’m flying home reflecting on the experience I’m reminded of the power of social media. Many of the people that I had the chance to meet and spend time with were my networked connections or scholars I have read.…

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The #HumanMOOC at #eMOOCs2015

Pecha Kucha format for eMOOCs conference talk yesterday in Mons, Belgium: Slide 1: It is my pleasure to share with you the design intent and iteration of the HumanMOOC. This course developed community while exploring the Community of Inquiry. The redesign included a competency based, badges first approach leveraging social media and asynchronous video. Slide…

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Excerpt from: Course iteration as a reflective process

MOOC iteration as a reflective process: HumanMOOC In 2012, xMOOCs rose from the laboratories of computer scientists who brought a machine learning approach to education. These xMOOCs or instructivist MOOCs were best know for their re-creation of the lecture as video, computer graded assessments and very little to no interaction with the professor. While technology…

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I’m sorry Dave – I’m afraid I can’t do that #rhizo15

I should begin with an admission of guilt: I have only completed one MOOC that I was a learner in. Yes, I have an EDx certificate. However, the open courses that I have built and facilitated I have finished, just in a different way. While this rhizomatic learning experience is pulling me in, I have a dissertation proposal…

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Online Community Building

The development of an online community takes an investment of time and energy. I call this an investment because it does pay dividends through the sharing and collective knowledge of the crowd. In #HumanMOOC, we explored building a community of inquiry by focusing on presence (teaching, social, and cognitive) and Dr. Rena Palloff specifically talked…

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Faculty Satisfaction with Teaching Online

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 online format? Are they satisfied with the student…

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Triggering Events to Promote Cognitive Presence

As a part of the #HumanMOOC, Jim Groom, the director of teaching and learning technologies at the University of Mary Washington shares his story about how he has used triggering events in #DS106. We were thrilled to get to hear the story of the Summer of Oblivion.  It sounded like it was fun and when instructors…

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