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

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 […]


The Online Learning Experience: Faculty Development for Online Learning at VCU

01.05.15 Posted in ALTLab, Online Learning, Pedagogy, VCU by

  This week, the VCU ALT Lab team begins the 3-day, face-to-face Institute part of an intensive faculty development experience we’ve collectively developed. Called The Online Learning Experience (OLE), the experience actually consists of three parts: (1) Pre-Institute Activities where participants equip themselves with their own digital toolbelt and begin to explore the Web as […]


My little story of open sharing

12.12.14 Posted in Education, Open, Social Media by

The great Alan Levine (aka Cogdog) has been collecting/curating “…moving, personal stories that would not have been previously possible, enabled by open licensed materials and personal networks.” I’ve always found these stories really inspiring and great support for the work around Connected Learning that we’re advocating for in VCU ALT Lab. I’ve also been waiting […]


This week in learning innovation – 12.07.14

12.07.14 Posted in Innovation, 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.] Looks like this isn’t quite a “weekly” series. I certainly aspire to that, so I’ll keep the name. Plus, the tag is already “twili,” So, twili it […]


The #VCUALTLab is hiring!

12.01.14 Posted in ALTLab, VCU by

Image courtesy of http://gph.is/1abICeh   Do you want to be a unicorn? If so, I might be able to help. We’re hiring at VCU ALT Lab. Specifically, we are looking for a digital engagement specialist and a couple of learning technologists. I’ve linked to the job descriptions, but, basically, I’d say we’re looking for interesting […]


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