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

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



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 →

In the name of distance education

Lindsey Downs, Manager of Communications for the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technology (WCET), published a blog post today about definitions and distance education. It’s a really good post and you might choose to read that and come back here for… Continue Reading →

The rules of engagement for online learning

As a lawyer dude who lives in the world of online learning, the news about a complaint filed by a class of students at George Washington University has me intrigued. According to Inside Higher Education, Four graduates of the university’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 →


The latest and greatest cohort of our intensive online learning faculty development program, the Online Learning Experience (OLE), begins this week. We’ve got 32 faculty members from all corners of the university signed up and ready to dive into an… 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 →

More Connected Learning @ VCU

My last two posts have highlighted connected learning opportunities offered through VCU. In the first post, I showcased courses taught by VCU faculty members with whom we’ve worked closely to design and develop their courses. The second post was about… Continue Reading →

Connected Learning @ VCU

VCU ALT Lab’s commitment to “Connected Learning for a Networked World” is starting to take hold. In the coming days, I will be sharing some of the many connected learning opportunities that are popping up. For now, I’ll call your… Continue Reading →

The Great VCU Bike Race Book

Imagine your university was going to shut down for a whole week within the first month of the semester because the UCI Road World (bicycling) Championships was overtaking your city. Residential students could stay in their residence halls, but classrooms… Continue Reading →

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