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

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 →

Tweet of the day – 4/19/17 #365project

I grew up listening to Mike and the Mad Dog. Mike now does his own show and he’s lost his fastball (if he ever had one). Not sure anyone can really appreciate this video if you aren’t that familiar with… Continue Reading →

Tweet of the day – 4/2/17 #365project

We’ve waited 151 days for this. Play Ball! #OpeningDay — MLB (@MLB) April 2, 2017 Few, if any, organizations do social media as well as Major League Baseball. Today was Opening Day (sort of) for MLB, so this tweet… Continue Reading →

Tweet of the day – 4/1/17 #365project

Be right bird. Don’t be left bird. This is the best video on the Internet currently. — Philip Lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) April 1, 2017

Tweet of the day – 3/8/17 #365project 

Even though I am a @UNC_Basketball fan I made this for my daughter because she cheers for @NovaMBB and today is her birthday. #Marchmadness — Jared Jacobs (@goldyeller) March 8, 2017 Today marked the beginning of my very favorite… Continue Reading →

Tweet of the day – 3/3/17 #365project 

oh my god — via @BBCDanielS — Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 3, 2017 Spent most of the day being sick, but this video gave me a moment of joy. It’s not a long video, and be sure to stick… Continue Reading →

Tweet of the day – 1/26/17 #365project I don’t know who Jesse McLaren is, but this video won the Internet for today. It wasn’t even close.

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 →

Courses as narratives

In her timeless TED talk on vulnerability, Brene Brown jokes about how taken aback she was when someone called her a storyteller. How dare someone call her a storyteller. She’s an academic, dammit! Of course, Brown goes on to say… Continue Reading →

A challenge to the #thoughtvectors and #ds106 communities

I have been waiting to reveal the video below for a while. I don’t remember exactly how we got here, but I know it’s the result of working with wonderfully zany and creative people. Shortly after we knew we would be teaching… Continue Reading →

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