Chalkboard tips

I work with a lot of instructors, many of them teaching for the first time. We talk about the design of the course, what active learning techniques to use, things like that. I often forget about the basics, though, like how to use the lav mic, managing the classroom, and (the subject of this post) how to write on the chalkboard.…

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Exploring innovations in networked work and learning: The open course section of #msloc430

My course – MSLOC 430 – begins for enrolled Northwestern University Master’s in Learning and Organizational Change graduate students on Jan. 8. The following is my near-final draft of how I plan to run an open section of class during six of the 10 weeks in which the MSLOC course runs.…
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Not quite a course, but more than a conversation

Coming soon: A good, draft design for opening up my Winter quarter course #msloc430 . And I’m going to ask for feedback (as in, would anyone participate?). I am at that point where I need to put structure to the whole event and see what people think.…
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Hitting a productive point for #msloc430 course design

Have slowed down a bit on writing things down as part of my design update to my course. But it’s because I think I’ve hit upon a productive reframing of one key element of the course – how to glue together many apparently lightly connected concepts about enterprise social network (ESN) uses.…
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Half-baked thinking: Content and structure for popping the lid on #msloc430 course

Day 3 of #WOLweek. I was walking home from campus today (I live a little over a mile from Northwestern University) after a pretty energizing day. But it is ugly cold for this time of the season and when I left the office about the only thing that I was aware of was the weather.…
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A detour to consider pacing: Opening up my course #MSLOC430 #WOLweek

Update on day 2 of #WOLweek. My plans today were to make some headway in identifying new readings for my course, and I had a wee bit of success. More organizing and reacquainting myself with a few of articles that I had saved as potential readings.…
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Challenge 1: Finding open content to open a course

This is not a surprise. In a perfect world, I would be able to share – in an open course – a selection of both academic and (thoughtful) practitioner readings that point to common themes and/or raise questions about our thinking or assumptions concerning enterprise social networking.…
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#MSLOC430 course design: My current starting point

I have posted a draft version of my current syllabus in a Google doc along with some comments for context. I’ve cut out some of the graded assignment language and a few other things that are only meaningful for enrolled students in the course.…
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