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

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

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Connected Learning as informal learning across an academic department, part 3

I’ve shared the first two pieces of a larger concept paper I’m writing. Part I presents a scenario-based view of what connected learning as informal learning across an academic department looks like. Part II includes some introductory text and a… Continue Reading →

Connected Learning as informal learning across an academic department, part 2

Last week, I wrote about how I was working on a concept paper that I hope will make the case for taking advantage of modern, networked technologies for “extracurricular,” informal learning within and across an academic department. In that post, I… Continue Reading →

Pigeonholing myself

As I transition back to being “just” a tenured faculty member, I spend much of my time thinking about how I want to spend my time come Fall. While this transition is not of my own choosing, I have come… Continue Reading →

Connected Learning as informal learning across an academic department

I’m working on a concept paper that I hope will make the case for taking advantages of modern, networked technologies for “extracurricular,” informal learning within and across an academic department. My main contention is that we don’t have to limit… Continue Reading →

Information in motion

Let me attempt to piece together three things that presented themselves to me in the last couple of days. In doing so, I will continue to beat the modern scholarly communication drum I’ve been beating, particularly in my own discipline,… Continue Reading →

Off to the rubber room I go

Last week, I was fired “reassigned.” Not only was I told that my contract wouldn’t be renewed for next academic year (which I expected), but I was told that “effective immediately,” I’d be sent to an empty office in another… Continue Reading →

The innovation baby and the ed. tech. bath water

I encounter a lot of resistance to the work that I do. It comes in many forms, and in many spaces. It happens within my workplace and out in the larger world. It happens online and offline. The resistance ranges… Continue Reading →

Nurturing curiosity through course selection/registration

Here’s a dilemma that I’m certain is not unique to my institution, but that raises complex questions for me: VCU ALTLab’s very own Lisa Phipps is teaching a (open, online) course this summer about complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). She’s… Continue Reading →

The possibilities of/for #onlinelearning

Being asked what good #onlinelearning looks like is akin to being asked what a good meal looks like. — Jon Becker (@jonbecker) February 23, 2016   I remember being asked recently what good online learning looks like. That wasn’t the… Continue Reading →

The rhythm and pace of online learning

For our newest cohort of faculty participants, it’s now the end of the first week of the Online Learning Experience (OLE), our intensive online learning faculty development program. Week one was about getting folks situated and getting them equipped with… Continue Reading →

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