Teaching in Virtual Worlds
Fri, Jan 9 2009 06:55 | 2cents, instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, pedagogy, virtualWorlds
It's really hard to determine how well a presentation was from a simple powerpoint file. Nonetheless, here's an educause presentation on Teaching in Virtual Worlds.From my ventures into second life, I have to say that it is interesting, but trying to shoehorn it into the curriculum (just like shoehorning an LMS into the curriculum) won't work. A virtual world is a unique pedagogical environment (and
When the academic world and the real world meet
Thu, Jan 8 2009 08:02 | instructionalDesign, InstructionalTechnology, internship, learning, training, undergraduate
I saw this article over at the NEA journal. (click here for the full PDF)Having recently visited my dad, a person who is very intelligent but, who like the dad in the article, didn't go to college (heck my dad didn't even go to middle school). This story reminded me of a conversation I had with him about his work and salary versus mine (i.e. being the same) despite my education.I've heard a lot of
8 Experts Predict How Web 2.0 Will Evolve In 2009
This is a repost from FastCompanyOriginal Article: click hereIt's pretty interesting.GPS is nice, but I think Data Portability will be the major issue. No one likes their data to be held captive by a company.8 Experts Predict How Web 2.0 Will Evolve In 2009| posted by Allyson Kapin2008 was the year that Web 2.0 became more mainstream. More ad agencies, businesses, and non-profits used Web 2.0 tools
What Counts as Assessment in the 21st Century?
here's an interesting read by by Ken BuckmanIn recent years,there has been an ocean of ink poured over page upon page concerning the topic of assessment. I’m a philosophy professor in Texas where assessment seems to have its epicenter, so I think I have a unique perspective on the topic. Not only is assessment on the march due to misguided Texas legislative initiatives, not only is the Governor
Anatomy of an unworkshop
This is partly a rant, and partly a reference to an interesting blog piece I read earlier today.I was reading this blog article about the anatomy of an unworkshop. Now the content within the blog post is pretty interested, what I take issue with is the naming convention: the unworkshop.Sometimes I feel like academics have nothing better to do than come up with silly names to describe a slightly different
Modest Program Recommendations
OK, so it's the end of the semester, I've completed two whole classes in applied linguistics and I have spoken to many people about the program - classmates and faculty alike. I've gotten to find out what my classmates' plans are post graduation and so on. Some of my classmates are going into teaching (or remaining in teaching) while others like me are considering a PhD route.Now, the program is structured
If it's free, why pay for it?
Back to instructional & educational technology during the winter break.Over the past few months a number of things have happened:1. We've seen IT departments bitten by the budget shortfall bug, and IT departments are looking at how they can be lean and mean.2. We've seen colleges contemplating stopping services like email that students can get for free and often have prior to entering college.3. Boston
Another semester done!
Another semester is done!I completed my final and handed it in for grading (I think I did well).With Linguistics (Apling 601) under my belt, I feel confident that things will make more sense from now on ;-)In any case, in retrospect this semester was not bad. I only had one class which I did well in. I did spend a boatload of time working on GIDA (graduate instructional design alumni association) with
Thu, Dec 4 2008 06:02 | apling601
Paper due in one week.The paper is kind of, sort of done. It just needs two or three rounds of editing. I guess I will be silent on here until next week :-)
Kids blame technology for homework hand-in failures
Mon, Dec 1 2008 07:36
I was reading this article on the Register a week or so ago.I think that this is pretty interesting because one of my friends is having problems (technological ones) with his kids' assigned homework and the electronic aspect of things.‘My dog ate it’, ‘I left it on the bus’, and ‘someone stole it’ – they were the classic excuses in our day for not handing in homework. But modern youth