Just trying to be a viable node in the network of life


11.25.15 Posted in Uncategorized by

I’m feeling especially thankful at this point in time. Undergoing major surgery probably does that to people. Regardless, at the risk of leaving out people and/or things… Thanks to the doctors, nurses and staff at Parham Doctors Hospital. Since arriving there by ambulance on August 24 in extraordinary pain, y’all have been incredibly kind, competent and […]

Open faculty development

11.03.15 Posted in ALTLab, Innovation, Online Learning, Open, VCU by

Last week, at Educause 2015, I had the privilege of sharing the ALT Lab story alongside Gardner Campbell, Tom Woodward and Molly Ransone. We each quickly shared the aspects of the work that we do in VCU ALT Lab. Gardner started by talking about the larger governance issues and how ALT Lab was able to […]

Dispositions and habits of/for connected learning

09.24.15 Posted in Innovation, Online Learning, Open, Pedagogy, VCU by

Next week, we begin the next iteration of what we call the Online Learning Experience (OLE), an intensive faculty development experience for VCU faculty members who will be teaching an online course. Our approach to faculty development has morphed from a hybrid format that was heavy on the f-2-f side (a weeklong, 40-hour f2f institute […]

“Co-construction of knowledge could break out all over the University!”

09.20.15 Posted in ALTLab, Innovation, Online Learning, Open, Social Media by

That’s a quote from Gardner Campbell, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success at VCU. He said that at our last faculty development workshop for The Great VCU Bike Race Book. I last wrote about The Great VCU Bike Race Book in April. At that point, it wasn’t much more than an idea. Now, it […]

(#thoughtvectors) Welcome to the #WonderPeople

08.21.15 Posted in Online Learning, thoughtvectors by

[This is the contents of an email I sent on Wednesday to the students in my section of UNIV200  this semester. The class will get started in earnest next week, but I wanted to try to inspire them a little upfront.]     Greetings learners, A new academic year arrives full of possibility and hope. […]

The Defaults and Constraints of Teaching in #Highered

08.02.15 Posted in ALTLab, Pedagogy by

In faculty development generally, and certainly in #VCUALTLab specifically, the goal is often to help professors design new and (presumably) better learning experiences. When working with willing and creative professors, this can be tremendously exciting. Working with the modal faculty member, though, can be a slog. Now that I’m two years into my current gig, […]

Personality, personalization, and teaching in higher ed.

07.12.15 Posted in ALTLab, Education, Innovation, Pedagogy, Technology by

In a return to the good ol’ days of educational blogging, Martin Weller wrote a blog post that has generated 49 comments as of this writing (which comes about 72 hours after he posted). I can’t remember the last educational blog post that generated as many comments so quickly. And, to add icing to the […]

More Connected Learning @ VCU

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

My last two posts have highlighted connected learning opportunities offered through VCU. In the first post, I showcased courses taught by VCU faculty members with whom we’ve worked closely to design and develop their courses. The second post was about an online faculty development experience that we are facilitating ourselves. All of those are models […]

The Online Learning Experience (OLE)

06.01.15 Posted in ALTLab, Online Learning, Open, Pedagogy, VCU by

In my last post, I invited you all (both of you?) to follow and learn along with two online summer courses taking place right now. Today, I’m inviting you to learn and follow along with our signature faculty development initiative. The Online Learning Experience. It’s online learning for online learning. Nearly two dozen VCU faculty […]

Connected Learning @ VCU

05.25.15 Posted in Digital engagemetn, Online Learning, Open, Social Media, VCU by

VCU ALT Lab’s commitment to “Connected Learning for a Networked World” is starting to take hold. In the coming days, I will be sharing some of the many connected learning opportunities that are popping up. For now, I’ll call your attention to two courses that just got started last week. Visual Poetry   The brainchild […]

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