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
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
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
Trying to understand what it means in this day and age for an organization to be “closed” for weather? Are we supposed to not work? — Jon Becker (@jonbecker) January 22, 2016 Due to #JonasBlizzard, VCU closed on Friday and is closed again today. We got bunches of snow in a city not well … [Read more…] Continue reading Snow day?
Last week, at Educause 2015, I had the privilege of sharing the ALT Lab story alongside Gardner Campbell, Tom Woodward and Molly Ransone. We each quickly shared the aspects of the work that we do in VCU ALT Lab. Gardner started by talking about the larger governance issues and how ALT Lab was able to […] Continue reading Open faculty development
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
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!”
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?
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
Here at VCU ALT Lab, we are driven by the act of transformation. Not only do we work everyday to transform learning experiences with and for VCU faculty, staff and students, we are also driven to transform the conversation around teaching and learning. For 3 days in May 2015, VCU ALT Lab and the Office […] Continue reading Announcing VCU ALTfest