Higher Ed sponsored PLEs...an oxymoron?
I was reading one of the items for this week's CCK11 session, which happens to be on PLEs. The readings was an Educause "7 things you should know about..." type of document. If you don't know what a PLE (personal learning environment) is, the abstract gives a good succinct overview:The term personal learning environment (PLE) describes the tools, communities, and services that constitute the individual
A Selwyn fan!
Sat, Feb 19 2011 13:14 | CCK11, criticalThinking, EdTech, educationTechnology, NetGeneration, technofatigue
This past week I listened to the Neil Selwyn presentation (perhaps I am a week behind) and I have to say that I am indeed a Neil Selwyn fan or best rephrased, I am a fan of his critical point of view on technology and the bling use of technology in the classroom.I came across Neil's work a few months back as I was finding academic articles on the subject of the Net Generation (also known as Millenials,
7 years, 4 Masters, Full time job
Fri, Feb 18 2011 17:12 | EdTech, education, educationTechnology, IT, library, linguistics, Management
The other day I made an observation on LinkedIn that 8 people had recently left the employment of UMass (LinkedIn told me so). The number seemed rather high, so I wanted, out of curiosity, to know who had left, was it someone I knew? It turns out that most of the people who "left" were teaching assistants, graduate assistants, or like me had added "student" to their profile under job. Back in the
LAK11 - some thoughts
OK, so my first MOOC is almost over...so what did I think?I have to say that as an experience LAK11 was actually quite interesting. The subject matter was interesting (even though we tended to go toward the business/finance side of the house quite often) and there were quite a few interesting personalities that were part of the course.The course started out with a bang! There were a ton of people in
Digital Scholarship - does it quack like a duck?
OK, so I finally was able to listen to the digital scholarship podcast for CCK11 the other day (man, I cranked those speakers up quite high in some spots!) and I have to say that it was quite interesting (click here for MP3 link). I have to say that the concept of digital scholarship isn't new or alien to me, having listened to Dan, Tom and Mills on digital campus for the last few years (great podcast
Learning Theories: Back-of-the-napkin edition
I spent last week viewing and commenting on CCK11 blog post, but not really writing much about it. I saw a number of posts on digital scholarship, but I still haven't had a chance to listen to the MP3 file. Hopefully today on the commute home! The speaker has a really soft voice and it's hard to really hear him on the train (perhaps some audio post-processing is in order?)This week in CCK11 we've got
Cool tools: Network visualization
The other day I was reading a CCK11 blog on a way to visualize the connections on your LinkedIn network. Since this week's topic is "the network" on CCK11, I thought it would be cool to see how my network looks. You always get a notification on your social networks indicating who a particular contact has in common with you, but you don't generally get the full picture. With a few hundred contacts
CCK11 - week 2: This brings back memories!
This week's readings bring back memories; memories of computer science (creating algorithms in C to traverse a network) and memories of my MBA (organizational development). Fun stuff!Krebs' reading was short, but quite interesting nevertheless. What stood out for me was thisCommon wisdom in personal networks is "the more connections, the better." This is not always so. What really matters
Preparation: the key to academic success!
I wrote an article last week for the UMass Online blog on the merits of preparation. If you are a current student or if you're an instructor looking to point your students to another student's views on how to be successful in the classroom and get the most out of yoru educational experience then check out this post. Comments always welcome!
Connectivism: just doesn't hit the nail on the head for me
Wed, Jan 19 2011 05:58 | CCK11
So here are some thoughts on CCK11 for this first week - I've broken it down to both format and theory.Format:I like the fact that this is a distributed blog MOOC. It gives me an opportunity to see what people are writing on their personal blogs, in addition to the CCK content that they post. It's also a nice way of filtering information for me since I don't have a waterfall of information coming down