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

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

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Technology

Data/Information + Security/Privacy: Just because you can doesn’t mean you should

[NOTE: I was honored to be asked by the Virginia Association of Secondary School Principals (VASSP) to be a presenter at the School Law Institute of their annual conference. The Institute was on Sunday and I am posting the text… 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 →

This is tweet #100,000

[featured image courtesy of Tijakool Yiyuan ]   If I did this right, I will have hit publish on this blog post when I’m at 99,999 tweets and IFTTT will have automatically pushed out a tweet announcing that I’ve written this post…. Continue Reading →

“Be Less Helpful” (Meyer, 2009).

[image courtesy of Joe Chavez]     I feel pretty confident that this is the first time I’ve used APA formatting in a blog post title. But, Dan Meyer, the inspiration for the title of this post, recently completed his… Continue Reading →

On the grid

I’m going on a cruise next week and I’m not going “off the grid.” In fact, I’m going to live tweet the whole damn thing. — Jon Becker (@jonbecker) June 15, 2016 Confession: I find the “disconnecting” or “going off… Continue Reading →

Ed. tech. research and the black box of the class(room)

Let me just get this out of the way: there may be some who read this post and say, “Well, Jon, of course that’s what you think about this study. The conclusion doesn’t jive with your beliefs in and advocacy… 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 →

A meta #onlinelearning faculty development activity

In my (simple) mind, one overarching theme of VCU ALTLab‘s online learning faculty development initiative, the Online Learning Experience (OLE), is exploring the affordances of the modern Web for teaching and learning. In recent days, I have said on multiple… Continue Reading →

Snow day?

Trying to understand what it means in this day and age for an organization to be “closed” for weather? Are we supposed to not work? — Jon Becker (@jonbecker) January 22, 2016   Due to #JonasBlizzard, VCU closed on Friday… Continue Reading →

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 →

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