Jonathan D. Becker, J.D., Ph.D.

Living at the intersections of education, technology, leadership, and policy.

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Pedagogy

Are we overthinking general education?

If you know me decently well, you know that I like to watch a lot of TV shows about food. I spend a good deal of time watching a range of Food Network shows of varying quality and value. Thus,… Continue Reading →

A meta #onlinelearning faculty development activity

In my (simple) mind, one overarching theme of VCU ALTLab‘s online learning faculty development initiative, the Online Learning Experience (OLE), is exploring the affordances of the modern Web for teaching and learning. In recent days, I have said on multiple… Continue Reading →

Dispositions and habits of/for connected learning

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… Continue Reading →

The Defaults and Constraints of Teaching in #Highered

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… Continue Reading →

Personality, personalization, and teaching in higher ed.

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… Continue Reading →

The Online Learning Experience (OLE)

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…. Continue Reading →

Hacking the syllabus

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… Continue Reading →

What does learning in #highered look like to you?

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… Continue Reading →

Higher ed’s big move? Part 1

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… Continue Reading →

Electronic surveillance and higher education

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… Continue Reading →

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