Bloggers get writer’s block too

I recently started another online course about how to teach online. This act usually is followed by more blog posts, as I try to make sense of my learning, but so far this hasn’t happened.   The first week stimulated the usual flurry of enthusiasm and creative thought.  Then I crashed—my creativity dried up and I have found it hard to pay attention to the discussions and assignments and to write about my learning journey.  Something happened that made the topic of online learning more than just a theoretical exercise.…

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Learning at the Speed of Light: Deep Learning and Accelereated Online Graduate Courses

Faculty eCommons

This research study was sponsored by the Academic Partnerships Research Grant Program and performed at Purdue University Calumet, a partner of Academic Partnerships.

An increasing number of university programs, particularly at the graduate level, are moving ……

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Digital Storytelling in Academia? You’ve got to be kidding!

This was my first reaction to the current topic focus in #etmooc.  I couldn’t imagine how digital storytelling fits into the academic milieu.  In fact I suspected that there is a lot of resistance to digital stories as a pedagogic method.  A new found colleague of mine, Carol Rowan, wrote, “ I believe that stories engage the mind, warm the heart, and open us up to the possibility of resisting institutionalized normality” ,  and what is more institutionalized than education, at all levels, but especially at the  post-secondary level.…

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Extremely powerful ideas for new types of face-to-face & web-based collaboration [Tidebreak; Christian]

From DSC:
As a team of us have been charged with putting together a new collaborative workspace/conference room, I’ve been thinking about some ideas for a new type of interface as well as some new types of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) to be used in group collaboration/web-based collaboration.  I was thinking it would be good to not only display files from various devices but also to be able to share files/URLs/other resources with each other.  (Some type of storage device that processes files — and scans them for viruses would be needed in addition to a large display or an interactive multitouch surface/wall.)

People within the same room could contribute files/items to a variety of “areas” — and so could others who joined in via the Internet.

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Learning Community-the Critical Ingredient

During the Dave Cormier session last week, Alec Couros used these words to describe etmooc:  ”we all decided to walk through the same door on the Internet so we could think together.”  And think we do.  And chat. And share.…

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Friday’s Finds: December 7th Edition

Unfortunately, illness sidelined my FF last week. But I’m back!

As the world becomes more interconnected and complex, networks—whether that’s learned through Personal Learning Networks developed in Connectivist Massive Online Open Courses or strategies to work in networks within The Coherent Organization—are proposed as the best means to best cope with this new reality.…

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Friday’s Finds: December 7th Edition

Unfortunately, illness sidelined my FF last week. But I’m back!

As the world becomes more interconnected and complex, networks—whether that’s learned through Personal Learning Networks developed in Connectivist Massive Online Open Courses or strategies to work in networks within The Coherent Organization—are proposed as the best means to best cope with this new reality.…

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Friday’s Finds: November 23rd Edition

This week I found a study that analysed the affective side of group formation in online courses. In particular, I thought that the following quotation about the  development of trust is true of any ICT-moderated context (such as a networked, virtual workplace):

  …members need to be able to trust and feel secure about the other members in the community in order to iteratively, recursively engage within collegial, constructive commentary.

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Friday’s Finds: November 23rd Edition

This week I found a study that analysed the affective side of group formation in online courses. In particular, I thought that the following quotation about the  development of trust is true of any ICT-moderated context (such as a networked, virtual workplace):

  …members need to be able to trust and feel secure about the other members in the community in order to iteratively, recursively engage within collegial, constructive commentary.

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