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

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



Higher ed. boxed in?

Two recent articles about higher education are about academic innovation more broadly, but raise a specific issue about information systems in higher education. In the first, Matt Reed, Vice President for Learning at Brookdale Community College in New Jersey, wrote… Continue Reading →


Yesterday’s post was a semi-serious attempt to synthesize the narrative around “academic innovation” in higher education. I say it was semi-serious because it presents a product of research that wasn’t particularly systematic, and also because I’m not sure we really… Continue Reading →

The Academic Innovation Landscape

For a number of reasons, over the last few years, I’ve been tracking the narrative around “innovation” in higher education. The 84 bookmarks in Diigo tagged with “innovation” probably represent a fraction of what I’ve read. Just in the last… 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 →

This week in learning innovation – 10.12.14

[This is the 2nd 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.]   Things are getting worse on the internet, not better, at… Continue Reading →

This week in learning innovation

I’ve been known to bemoan the state of #highered Twitter from time-to-time. Mostly, I decry the seemingly endless negativity about #highered among those within #highered. Many of the issues raised are serious issues, no doubt. And, maybe I just follow… Continue Reading →

A SAGE approach to online learning

After a wonderful yet quiet summer on campus, the heightened energy on campus this week is palpable.  The VCU students moved into dorms this weekend, and Fall 2013 semester classes begin on Thursday. I have never taught undergraduate courses at… Continue Reading →

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