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

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

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technology

New media and higher education

It’s trite at this point to compare education and journalism as “industries” struggling to adapt in increasingly digital times. So, when Chris Hughes took to Medium to announce that he was looking to sell The New Republic, it was too… 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 →

Banning classroom technologies

I’m coming to see student focus as a collaborative process. It’s me and them working to create a classroom where the students who want to focus have the best shot at it, in a world increasingly hostile to that goal…. Continue Reading →

“As we may think”: Vannevar Bush meet Stephen Wolfram

In As We May Think, from 1945, Vannevar Bush wrote: Logic can become enormously difficult, and it would undoubtedly be well to produce more assurance in its use. The machines for higher analysis have usually been equation solvers. Ideas are… Continue Reading →

Our “Why”

I have an incredible opportunity to work with some great people to build a great organization. I am the interim director of the Office of Online Education at VCU. This office is relatively new and when I took on this… Continue Reading →

Augmentation, Technology and Learning

Douglas Engelbart begins the Introduction to Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework by offering some definitions. He writes: By “augmenting human intellect” we mean increasing the capability of a man to approach a complex problem situation, to gain comprehension to… Continue Reading →

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