Beyond Work: Finding Your Own Space in the Day

My “of interest” post this week focuses on a Washington Post reporter even though it’s really supposed to focus on poet Donald Hall. The reporter exposed Hall to ridicule and was criticized. I’m thinking about Donald Hall because I’m reading Essays After Eighty and The Selected Poems of Donald Hall, a collection published in 2015. … Continue reading Beyond Work: Finding Your Own Space in the Day Continue reading Beyond Work: Finding Your Own Space in the Day

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

Tensions

The latest and greatest cohort of our intensive online learning faculty development program, the Online Learning Experience (OLE), begins this week. We’ve got 32 faculty members from all corners of the university signed up and ready to dive into an 8-week open, online course on online learning. I am writing this post knowing that it … [Read more…] Continue reading Tensions

Dispositions and habits of/for connected learning

Next week, we begin the next iteration of what we call the Online Learning Experience (OLE), an intensive faculty development experience for VCU faculty members who will be teaching an online course. Our approach to faculty development has morphed from a hybrid format that was heavy on the f-2-f side (a weeklong, 40-hour f2f institute […] Continue reading Dispositions and habits of/for connected learning

“Co-construction of knowledge could break out all over the University!”

That’s a quote from Gardner Campbell, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success at VCU. He said that at our last faculty development workshop for The Great VCU Bike Race Book. I last wrote about The Great VCU Bike Race Book in April. At that point, it wasn’t much more than an idea. Now, it […] Continue reading “Co-construction of knowledge could break out all over the University!”

What does learning in #highered look like to you?

If you’re reading this post, you probably know a bit about Minerva. If not, please consider reading on without first pinging the Google machine. If you do know some things, try to pretend you don’t know anything about Minerva before reading on. Seriously, see if you can clear and open your mind a bit… With […] Continue reading What does learning in #highered look like to you?

The Great VCU Bike Race Book

Imagine your university was going to shut down for a whole week within the first month of the semester because the UCI Road World (bicycling) Championships was overtaking your city. Residential students could stay in their residence halls, but classrooms were to be closed and traveling to campus would be extremely difficult for non-residential students. […] Continue reading The Great VCU Bike Race Book