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Imagination and Education

At one of the first sessions of my First Year Seminar this year, we brought in Naomi De la Tour, via Zoom conference from the Institute for Advanced Teaching & Learning at Warwick University to lead  a discussion on imagination, risk-taking … Continue reading

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What Makes a Compelling Faculty Development Opportunity?

This post is going to be short and I hope sweet. The best faculty development opportunities I’ve experienced in my career haven’t been designed primarily (or explicitly?) for faculty development:  Examples include UMW’s Faculty Academy, ELI Annual Conferences, at least … Continue reading

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Tolstoy, Economics and OER

David Wiley wrote a recent blog post that had me scratching my head. In the post, David argued that OER is in a feature of the resource, not who is providing it and whether the provider is offering it for … Continue reading

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The nicer the hotel, the higher the price for Wi-Fi

This is a response to a question posted on Twitter from @rharneson, with a nod to @BryanAlexander–the title is an application of Alexander’s Iron Law of Hotel Connectivity. I tweeted “how annoying it was to pay for hotel Wi-Fi.”  @rharneson … Continue reading

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A Cautionary Tale about Expectations

I was talking the other day to a fairly senior administrator in academic affairs about OpenLearning18.  This administrator has been very supportive of our institution’s open initiative, and so I was just bringing him/her up to date on things open. … Continue reading

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A Conceptual Framework?

I participated in OpenLearning17 and am back for OpenLearning18.  Why you ask?  Because I learned enough last year to articulate better questions this year.  Last year, I went in somewhat blind.  (There might be something we can learn as teachers … Continue reading

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Introduction to Learning Science: Helping students study less & learn more

In a moment of weakness, I agreed to lead a discussion on learning science, something which I find fascinating and which I’ve learned a little bit about.  Once I dug into the subject, I realized that one could teach a … Continue reading

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Glass Half Empty or Half Full?

You can lead a [person] to college, but you cannot make him think. — Elbert Hubbard Okay, I’m back.  What, you didn’t miss me?  I have about six months worth of blogs posts to put up, but let me start … Continue reading

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A Lesson for Online Teachers

This is a true blog post.  I haven’t thought thru this.  I don’t really have time to write this, but I want to get something down before I forget it, or decide it’s not valuable. I’ve taught online for five … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Motivation: Part 2

This post is a continuation of the previous one, but digs deeper into the question of why participants fail to complete MOOCs  It is speculative and personal. It’s possibly based too much on my own experience, so take it for what … Continue reading

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