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Education technology? Yep.

Education technology? Yep.

I went to a day-long retreat where the participants, about 20 of us, were deliberately selected to represent a wide range of backgrounds, experiences, and expertise – all the stakeholders in big project. The retreat organizer suggested each person prepare a 5-10 minute presentation about what they’ll bring to the project and what they’re hoping to get out of it.…

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Space to make ideas your own

Helen Crump caught my attention earlier today with her reflective post Literacy: Not a desk job, but an identity job. It’s a great story reminding us of the connections between literacy, identity, learning and teaching. And then I learned there is more to the story.…
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The Web and Ed We Want via Justin Reich

Justin Reich’s recent Berkman Center talk – “The Web We Want and the Ed We Want” – is a great, actually entertaining tour through the recent history of the web and the parallel narrative of the web and education. I am posting it here as a note to myself.…
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Designing for open #TWP15

I want to attempt to address two questions posed as prompts for week 1 of Teaching with WordPress: What can you do in the context of open that you couldn’t do before? What’s your biggest challenge in designing for open? Both of those questions meet me right where I am at, at this moment in […]
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Part II: Popping the lid off of #msloc430

The Winter quarter session of the course I teach – MSLOC 430, which explores enterprise social networks (ESNs) and their impact on work and learning – ended a month ago. It was my first attempt to pop the lid off of the course by designing some ways in which both the enrolled, on-site graduate students […]
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Hello, my name is Prof–, no Doc–, no, ugh.

I have the pleasure of teaching a course at UC San Diego called “The College Classroom.” It’s a course for graduate students and postdocs about teaching and learning in higher education. Sometimes it’s theoretical, like when we talk about constructivism or mindset, sometimes it’s practical, like when we talk about various evidence-based instructional strategies, and sometimes it’s extremely practical, like what to do and say on the first day of class of the course you’re teaching.…

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Teaching students to think like experts – CSUgrit Symposium

I have the pleasure of facilitating a pre-conference workshop at the Cal State University LA Symposium on University Teaching. My thanks to Beverly Bondad-Brown, Cat Haras, and Adrienne Lopez at CSULA’s Center for Effective Teaching and Learning.

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I’ll be talking about how to get your students thinking in expert-like ways by using peer instruction (“clickers”).…

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Watch this Veritasium video once, twice, three times

I teach a course about teaching and learning in #highered to a dedicated and enthusiastic group of graduate students and postdocs. One of our sessions is about “teaching-as-research,” something the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (CIRTL) Network describes like this:

The improvement of teaching and learning is a dynamic and ongoing process, just as is research in any STEM* discipline.

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Thoughts on dialogue and facilitation in open and ‘closed’ courses

We recently closed out week 2 of the open section of #msloc430 and week 5 of the “closed” course for students enrolled in the on-site version of the course (part of their studies in the Master’s Program in Learning and Organizational Change (MSLOC) at Northwestern University).…
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Convergence

As we close out the first of six weeks of the open section of #msloc430 we are headed into new territory (for me, at least): An attempt at convergence among the open learners and perhaps students in the on-site class section of the course.…
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