Archive | October, 2013

AECT Message

The message for this AECT conference is to make use of learning research in large ways! Create programs that are personalized, customized, actually learner centered. One type of program does not suit all. Redefine online and course to meet today’s … Continue reading →

In a Moment…

I’m out of time.  Not literally, because to be outside the rules of time would be quite nice right now.  I love it went that happens–a good Csikszentmihalyi flow session, a Henri Bergson moment of grace.  A moment in the …

Can you Genghis Khan on an IPad?

Yesterday in seminar we discussed Alan Kay and Adele Goldberg’s Personal Dynamic Media…the story of the Dynabook. There were passages that struck me…I was saddened by this one…”A mathematical formulation…once put down on paper, reminds static and requires the reader to expand its possibilities.”  Why (more…)

A MOOC is a MOOP: Massively Open Online Pilot

I’m decending from the 30K foot clouds of my experience at OpenVA. Once again, Jim Groom, Martha Burtis, and all of our good friends at UMW have hosted a great gathering of minds and provided an opportunity to OPENLY exchange ideas about teaching and learning in today’s rapidly changing environment(s). PILOTSOne of the key takeaways […]

Border Crossing: In a Constant State of Negotiation

In my "new" workplace, I’m quite often told a few things that are "normal" in my former environment. As these comments became more of an occurrence, I began to reflect on them a little more as self-checks. 1. I have animated facial expressions. In the hearing world, I’m considered expressive because I include facial expressions […]

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Threading the Cheesescape

So last week we read “Augmenting human intellect: A conceptual framework” by Douglas Englebart.  For much of this excerpt, which related a conceptual framework for how people think, Englebart used the example of how he would go about writing a hyp…

Understanding the machine

Last week’s VCU’s New Media Faculty-Staff Development Seminar took up two related but also quite distinct essays: Norbert Wiener’s “Men, Machines, and the World About” and J.C.R. Licklider’s “Man-Computer Symbiosis.” Aside from the regrettable (but understandable) androcentric language, both essays are … Continue reading →

Augmentation, Technology and Learning

Douglas Engelbart begins the Introduction to Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework by offering some definitions. He writes: By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to suit his particular needs, and to derive solutions to problems. Increased capability in this respect […]