It’s Complicated

I tweeted about this Smithsonian Magazine article about Buffalo Bill this week: “The reality was more complicated” could be said about lots of news/issues. In this case, applied to Buffalo Bill https://t.co/ekH2dlBkkD — Karen Richardson (@witchyrichy) January 13, 2017 The headline for the article is pretty sensational: Murder, Marriage and the Pony Express: Ten Things You … Continue reading It’s Complicated Continue reading It’s Complicated

Pokemon Go? Been There, Done That

Pokemon Go has taken over the world, it seems. Around all the hysteria, I had a flashback to summer 2011, a hot day in Radford, Virginia, with about 20 others who had gathered to learn about this new thing called Augmented Reality. Matt Dunleavy and his graduate students introduced us to FreshAIR, their AR development … Continue reading Pokemon Go? Been There, Done That Continue reading Pokemon Go? Been There, Done That

Nurturing curiosity through course selection/registration

Here’s a dilemma that I’m certain is not unique to my institution, but that raises complex questions for me: VCU ALTLab’s very own Lisa Phipps is teaching a (open, online) course this summer about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). She’s uniquely qualified to teach this course as a pharmacist with about 17 doctoral degrees. She’s … [Read more…] Continue reading Nurturing curiosity through course selection/registration

Speaking With Clarity and Purpose

As I browsed Feedly today, I came across two blog posts about the words we use. Brad Currie pushes back on those who would discourage educators from using buzzwords. Peter DeWitt, meanwhile, names 10 educational words that should be banished. Ironically, I can’t tell you what those words are except that one is technology, because DeWitt’s … Continue reading Speaking With Clarity and Purpose Continue reading Speaking With Clarity and Purpose

Honestly, I’d Be Happy If You Did Some Googling

In a story for NPR, Zhai Yun Tan asks, “OK, Google, Where Did You Put My Thinking Cap?” The story is worth a read and another blog post, but the question that bothered me was, considering how easy it is to look stuff up, why is it that people continue to post erroneous or misleading information … Continue reading Honestly, I’d Be Happy If You Did Some Googling Continue reading Honestly, I’d Be Happy If You Did Some Googling

The fuzzy math of online learning enrollments

How many students are currently taking online courses? How many online programs does the university offer? How many students are enrolled in online programs? These are the kinds of questions those of us in the world of online learning are asked regularly. They seem like innocuous and straightforward questions. They’re not though. Answering these questions … [Read more…] Continue reading The fuzzy math of online learning enrollments

Learning, Education and Snow Days

There has, as you can imagine, been lots of talk about snow days here in the Commonwealth. Jon Becker mused about how odd it seemed to have a university close despite widespread connectivity. He asked a powerful question: “Are we not supposed to work?” The comments provided examples of both K-12 and higher education organizations that managed … Continue reading Learning, Education and Snow Days Continue reading Learning, Education and Snow Days