Archive | August, 2014

Weekly Web Harvest (weekly)

Super Punch “From Luc Besson’s AMA, regarding writing The Fifth Element: At 16, i wrote 200 pages and threw them in the garbage because it was bad. I then wrote 200 more which also finished in the garbage. Then I wrote 400 pages that i kept, waited for 15 years, and wrote a first draft. […]

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Ethics of Researching Connected Learning (Pt. 1)

The summer semester, it seems, is officially over.  What did I do with it? Well, I wrote the Case for Connected Learning, the white paper that strives not to be a white paper, for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Transformation Lab (ALT Lab).  As I described in previous (more…)

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Ethics of Researching Connected Learning (Pt. 1)

The summer semester, it seems, is officially over.  What did I do with it? Well, I wrote the Case for Connected Learning, the white paper that strives not to be a white paper, for Virginia Commonwealth University’s Academic Transformation Lab (ALT Lab).  As I described in previous (more…)

The Assessment Dilemma – Not Limits

Assessment and student evaluation are hotly debated topics within and across courses, departments and the university. It’s my current, yet informed, view that most instructors choose not to deeply engage in the debate and tend to settle for relatively traditional, static modes and methods of assessing student understanding and work. These modes tend to focus […]

The Mother Blog Primer

The Concept FeedWordPress is the plugin that allows us to create our “mother blogs.” Consider it an example of the “you are what you eat” concept. The “mother blog” is composed of the consumed feeds. FeedWordPress is our spoon. The mother takes all the student posts from their personal sites and unites them in one […]

Lessons from Online Summer Course (#1-#3)

This is part of a series of posts on what I learned from teaching an online summer course for the first time.  (See the first post for context.)  With just one course under my belt, my takeaway lessons are tentative, of course, and will be familiar to experienced online teachers.  Still, perhaps they can be […]

Twitter strategy

For lots of reasons, it has been an interesting start to the new academic year. One particularly interesting development has been the number of high-level administrators at VCU who have joined Twitter in the last week or two.  Academic deans, vice provosts, the provost, and the president of the university. Yes, the president of the […]