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

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 […]


This week in learning innovation – 11.09.14

11.09.14 Posted in Digital engagemetn, Education, Innovation, Online Learning, Open, Pedagogy 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.] Yeah, so after 3 consecutive weeks of posting in this series, I fell down for a couple of weeks. I’m surprised neither of my readers, including my […]


Crowdsourcing: Computers as bicycles for our mind

10.29.14 Posted in ALTLab, Digital engagemetn, Innovation, Open, Pedagogy, Technology, VCU by

      Richmond, Virginia has the distinct privilege of hosting  The World Road Cycling Championships in September of next year. This is a major international event, and Richmond is the first U.S. city to host it in over a decade. Given the layout of the course and that there will be nearly a half-million spectators, […]


This week in learning innovation – 10.19.14

10.19.14 Posted in ALTLab, Innovation, MOOC, Technology by

[This is the 3rd 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.] I had to scramble to find items to include this week. That’s not a great sign, in week 3. But, remember, This Week In Learning Innovation […]


This is how I read

10.14.14 Posted in ALTLab, Technology by

One of these days, we’re going to do a “This is how I work” series for the VCU ALT Lab team. It’ll be much like the lifehacker series that I love.  For whatever reason, I’m totally fascinated by how different people work. I’m particularly interested in how people in similar life and professional spaces as […]


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