Stumble, will call

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Got a heads-up email from a faculty member in my graduate program this week, Stephanie Blackmon. It was a forward from Gardner, advertising an upcoming cMOOC on open education with an emphasis, or at least a leaning, towards goings-ons in Virginia. Now, I am scrambling to finish my dissertation and teach a course already this semester, but how can I, with any sense of confidence, avoid this course? That would be crazy. So here goes. More at http://openlearninghub.net/  

OpenEd16 and my deeper community

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Still reeling from last week’s 13th annual meeting of the Open Education Conference–my second–and feeling at once soothed, eased, relieved as well as encouraged and motivated. The conference had the familiar whirlwind atmosphere of too many sessions that I wanted to attend scheduled at the same time, too little time betwixt them to explore ideas, and so many people I have begun to relate with online and could only pass with nods or glancing handshakes, waves, or embraces. Bittersweet, all of that loosely coupled conferencing. […]

Doctor Campbell at OpenEd16

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First, McLuhan. Reminding us that the medium is the message, media constitutes our realities. The opening keynote to this year’s North American open education conference then confronted us with a rocky, clickety-clackety video art piece. A layered, rock riff of a thing. As beautiful, chummy, and intriguing as it was unsettling. We saw the early Bob Dylan, at what I think (because I barely know Dylan) was his peak, young, beat-poet eccentricity and creativity. An awe-inspiring, insightful, and unbridled artist. We witness him playing with associations among […]

Open education as a real utopia

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Thanks to the interest and support of my newfound friends and colleagues at GO-GN, I have pinned down one third of my dissertation research. On the last day of the #oeglobal conference in Krakow, I holed up in my hotel room and drafted proposals for the #OpenEd16 conference coming up in November. I share one of them below. When I introduced the idea of Eric Olen Wright’s “real utopia” project in the GO-GN seminar, I was happy to hear such enthusiasm for the approach. Although […]

Book review: Spatial theories of education

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As a transfer to the field of education from my disciplinary home of human geography, I have been searching for theoretical bridges that could help me coalesce my academic interests. Although I’m still searching–and learning that academics are always searching, or wandering–this edited volume has been a great help. It’s approaching ten years old, but continues to offer fresh insights. Looking forward to incorporating some of these ideas in my dissertation research. Spatial theories of education: Policy and geography matters. By Kalvero N. Gulson and […]

The promises of learning analytics: Scaling up direct evidence

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After visiting the #CHEP2016 conference this week in Blacksburg, VA and taking in the materials for week 4 of a 5-week course on Assessment of College Student Learning I’ve been struck by how central assessment has become in higher education. Assessment has become so central that it seems to occlude the assumed or purported purpose of higher education to foster, guide, and enhance learning. Hutchings, Kinzie, and Kuh (2015) refer to this as a compliance model of assessment. Students and institutions alike are negatively impacted […]

David Bowie on the Internet

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I’ve been learning much about David Bowie since his passing yesterday morning. I hadn’t known what a brilliant mind was at work behind all of my assumptions about his work. I’ve found all kinds of gems cropping up in my social media feeds, but this one in particular resonates with my current explorations of open education and technology. Looking forward to pulling Bowie quotes to illustrate talks, papers, and other presentations in the near future.   Watch Bowie perfectly predict the internet’s impact on music […]

Pedagogy

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A repository for my more formal explorations of pedagogical reflection, theory, and practice. is tampa ready for 2 oncoming stormsThe four men had left for a fishing trip from Seminole Boat Ramp in Clearwater Pass on Saturday. Coast Guard is unable to provide specific numbers of how many people go missing from boating accidents like this past weekend’s, but officials say that since last fall there have been three people who have not been cheap jordans online found after triggering Coast Guard searches.5) Bad investments: […]

Thoughts on academic blogging

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Here’s why academics should write for the public Jonathan Wai, Duke University and David Miller, Northwestern University There’s been much discussion about the needless complexity of academic writing. In a widely read article in The Chronicle of Higher Education last year, Steven Pinker, professor of psychology at Harvard and author of several acclaimed books including The Sense of Style, analyzed why academic writing is “turgid, soggy, wooden, bloated, clumsy, obscure, unpleasant to read, and impossible to understand.” More recently, Jeff Camhi, professor emeritus of biology […]

Nice to meet you, Google Guacamole

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After a weekend of occasional eavesdropping on the Digital Learning Research Network‘s first conference in Stanford, CA, I decided it was time to reach out to Laura Gogia at the nearby ALTlab of VCU.  Acknowledging my own, and very likely her, busy schedules, I proposed to visit this winter over a coffee or lunch or some such banality and hear about what a colleague on a similar path had done with herself. Instead, she proposed we talk. Now. And we did. It’s such a boost […]