Graduate admissions process pondering
This post has been brewing in my head for a couple of years now. Since I am waiting for IRB clearance for my dissertation I thought it would be a good time to jot things down and see what others think. I usually tend to have people in my network who either teach or work in some sort of instructional designer (or faculty developer) capacity. I don't (think) I know too many people in the
HyFlex is not what we need (for Fall 2020)
HyFlex (Hybrid Flexible) is a way of designing courses for (what I call) ultimate flexibility. It takes both ends of the teaching spectrum, fully face-to-face, and fully online-asynchronous and it bridges the gap. Back in the day, I learned about this model of course design by taking an OLC workshop with Brian himself, but you can learn more about the model in his free ebook. I liked
Is "online learning" the new "community college"?
Me, ponderingOK, maybe the analogy isn't totally clear to you, so let me explain my context. When I was in high school (mid-to-late 90s) the advertised (or expected) path after high school seemed pretty clear to me: go to college. There were really no "buts" about it, and there were no gap years considered (those were luxuries that well-off people had since they had money to burn). It was an
Synchronous, online learning, and "remote" learning
Fri, May 1 2020 11:32 | distanceLearning, MOOC, onlineLearning, remoteLearning, soapBox, studentServices, synchronous conferencing
The question of synchronous sessions in online learning has been swirling in my head over the past few weeks. So has the term "remote" instruction (🙄). I usually tend to sit on the sidelines these days, maybe throwing a few potshots on twitter here and there when I have time, but this article on IHE today was one where my eyes rolled too hard, and there was an audible grunt in the room...First
Technology will save us all!
Tue, Mar 10 2020 09:53 | administration, attitudes, continuity, emergency, faculty, MOOC, onlineLearning, pedagogy, planning, xMOOC
...or wait... will it?It's been a while since I wrote something on here†, and in all honesty, I thought about taking a sabbatical from blogging to focus on dissertation-related matters. However, I really hate the current practice of threading on twitter where someone writes 10, 20, 30, or 40 tweets in a thread. We've even invented an app to make these threads more readable.
Academic Facepalm (evaluation edition)
Back in December, I was searching for the #tenure hashtag on twitter. There was some discussion (probably stated by Jesse Stommel 😜) which prompted me to search for this #hashtag out of curiosity to see what was tagged. Along with heartwarming stories of people who've just earned tenure (a nice perk right before the winter break!), there was this wonderful tweet specimen...I'm
MOOC Completion...according to whom?
Wed, Jan 22 2020 12:22 | accomplishment, Badges, cMOOC, completion, coursera, CV, defunct, documentation, edx, futurelearn, learning, MOOC, Open2Study, xMOOX
The other day I had an interesting (but brief exchange) with Kelvin Bentley on twitter about MOOC completion. This isn't really a topic that I come back to often, given that completion-rates for MOOCs, as a topic, seems to have kind of died down, but it is fun to come back to it. To my knowledge, no one has come up with some sort of taxonomy of the different degrees of completion of a MOOC†.But
A decade in review...onward to 2020!
Wed, Jan 1 2020 16:57 | #altcred, #vconnecting, AR, athabasca, Badges, cMOOC, Educause, elgg, MOOC, Ning, NMC, QR, RSS, social networks, xMOOC
I didn't quite expect this, but it seems like everywhere you turn you see "a decade in review" news stories (radio and TV), "the internet" (in general) and blog posts, twitter threads, and Instagram stories (more specifically). I hadn't really thought about doing one of these posts, but what the hay, why not join in? 😜 . The last decade has certainly been eventful. I kicked off the
Brief notes on CC-Licensing, Copyright, and Greece
Disclaimer/Heads-up: This is a short post connected to my work on the Creative Commons Workshop (aka “mini book report” or “homework”). It’s not meant to be an exhaustive copyright analysis, nor legal advice. Reader discretion is advised. Oh yes - this is also licensed under CC-BY 4.0 😃For this final post for CC-Cert will look briefly at Greece, specifically with regard to Copyright
A learning circle, and CC-licensed handbook, for program admins
This blogpost is connected to my participation in this fall’s Creative Commons Certification course. The track that I picked was the educator track, but I’ll deviate a bit from the traditional educator track♦ and put on the hat of a college administrator♥. In my day job, I am the main administrative person for an online master’s program. To borrow a phrase - the “Soup to Nuts” guy