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Hacking the syllabus

05.13.15 Posted in ALTLab, Innovation, Pedagogy, Technology by

Today, at #VCUALTfest, Lyndsay Durham and I co-facilitated a “hackjam” focused on hacking the syllabus. I regret that we never got around to actually building or producing anything. But, we spent a solid 2 hours *conceptually* hacking the syllabus. That is, we had a reasonably small group of participants, but a vocal and energetic group […]


What does learning in #highered look like to you?

04.27.15 Posted in Education, Innovation, Online Learning, Pedagogy, Technology by

If you’re reading this post, you probably know a bit about Minerva. If not, please consider reading on without first pinging the Google machine. If you do know some things, try to pretend you don’t know anything about Minerva before reading on. Seriously, see if you can clear and open your mind a bit… With […]


The Great VCU Bike Race Book

04.20.15 Posted in ALTLab, Digital engagemetn, Education, Innovation, Online Learning, Open, Social Media, Technology, thoughtvectors, VCU by

Imagine your university was going to shut down for a whole week within the first month of the semester because the UCI Road World (bicycling) Championships was overtaking your city. Residential students could stay in their residence halls, but classrooms were to be closed and traveling to campus would be extremely difficult for non-residential students. […]


Higher ed’s big move? Part 1

04.14.15 Posted in Innovation, Pedagogy, Technology by

Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, delivered the 2015 Hays Press-Enterprise lecture at the University of California, Riverside on April 7. The text of his speech titled “Journalism’s Big Move: What to Discard, Keep, and Acquire in Moving From Print to Web”, as well as a video of the speech, is available on […]


Electronic surveillance and higher education

03.10.15 Posted in Assessment, Digital engagemetn, Education, Online Learning, Pedagogy, Technology by

These are only the stories that came across my radar during just the last 4 months.   Harvard secretly photographed students to study attendance (Boston Globe, 11/5/14) Harvard University has revealed that it secretly photographed some 2,000 students in 10 lecture halls last spring as part of a study of classroom attendance, an admission that prompted criticism […]


Announcing VCU ALTfest

02.25.15 Posted in ALTLab, Education, Innovation, Online Learning, Pedagogy, VCU by

Here at VCU ALT Lab, we are driven by the act of transformation. Not only do we work everyday to transform learning experiences with and for VCU faculty, staff and students, we are also driven to transform the conversation around teaching and learning. For 3 days in May 2015, VCU ALT Lab and the Office […]


Connected Courses – Summer 2015

02.22.15 Posted in ALTLab, Online Learning, Open, VCU by

One strategic priority around online learning at VCU is online learning during summer sessions. As VCU President Rao has framed online learning as an issue of access and degree completion, we have put considerable resources towards working with departments and faculty members to offer online courses over the summer. Based on feedback we’ve received from […]


This week in learning innovation – 02.08.15

02.08.15 Posted in Assessment, Innovation, MOOC, Online Learning, Pedagogy, Technology by

[This is the latest in a series of weekly posts chronicling examples of learning innovation that come across my Web radar. All of the weekly posts are tagged as twili.] OK, OK, so I’ve completely failed at the whole “weekly” thing.  I’m surprised neither of my readers, including my mother, called me on this. But, I aim […]


Courses as narratives

01.23.15 Posted in ALTLab, Digital engagemetn, Education, Online Learning, Pedagogy, Technology, VCU by

In her timeless TED talk on vulnerability, Brene Brown jokes about how taken aback she was when someone called her a storyteller. How dare someone call her a storyteller. She’s an academic, dammit! Of course, Brown goes on to say how she grew more comfortable with the label and how she began to see stories […]


Hiring a network

01.15.15 Posted in Online Learning, Social Media, VCU by

Yesterday, VCU, the institution for whom I work, announced the hiring of Tressie McMillan Cottom as an Assistant Professor of Sociology. This is a huge win for VCU and for our sociology program. I’ve come to know all of our tenure-track sociology professors and they are an awesome group. They are top-notch scholars who have also […]


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