Online Learning
27 posts
Truthy Lies and Surreal Truths: A Plea for Critical Digital Literacies
Digital Literacy
Misinformation abounds. This has always been the case, but the problem has become acute in the age of digital communication. As Mike [] Caulfield [
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Confessions of a Graduate Teacher (Once Lost, Now Found)
Academic Labor
This is a story about two hemispheres of graduate school: teaching and dissertating. It is a story about how those two parts sometimes cohere but are more often rendered in sharp relief. It’
Not Enough Voices
Digital Pedagogy
On Friday, 12 August 2016, Sean Michael Morris gave one of two closing keynotes at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute held at the University of Mary Washington. Below is the text of his
The Purpose of Online Discussion
Online Learning
Are online discussions really discussions? I’ve been wondering this since I started teaching online. Many of my students, friends, and colleagues get a sour look on their face when it comes to
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Designing for Emergence: The Role of the Instructor in Student-Centered Learning
My experiences as a graduate student [] of writing studies and online education have repeatedly left me inspired by the various “–isms” (e.g.,constructionism [http://www.papert.
A Safe Space for Dangerous Ideas; a Dangerous Space for Safe Thinking
Critical Digital Pedagogy CFP
Danger and safety are both integral to education, particularly if one ascribes to critical pedagogy, which is, in many respects, about balancing the two elements. On one hand, it invites students and teachers
Best Practices: Thoughts on a Flash Mob Mentality
Critical Pedagogy
I have colleagues who invoke “Best Practices” the way that evangelical Christians quote the Bible: God has spoken. During these conversations, I am tempted to say in a serious voice, “Best Practices dictate
Toward an Interactive Criticism: House of Leaves as Haptic Interface
Digital Humanities
“And now,’ cried Max, ‘let the wild rumpus start!” ~ Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are When I first read Mark Z. Danielewski’s House [
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Gaining Insights into Online Teacher Training through Essential Questions
Online Learning
My favorite pedagogical tool is theessential question []. Briefly, these attempt to focus student attention on the broader implications and deeper meanings behind content.
A Pedagogy for Cross-cultural Digital Learning Environments
What is Digital Pedagogy?
Education can benefit from the global network of connections we call the Internet, since the issue of access is less of a concern in thedigital space [
How to Build an Ethical Online Course
Digital Pedagogy
The best online and hybrid courses are made from scraps strewn about and gathered together from across the web. We build a course by examining the bits, considering how they’re connected, and
Engaging Students: Lessons from the Leisure Industry
While on a cross-country trip a few years ago, I stopped at Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument and had a revelation. It was a few days before the nearby Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was
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A Plea for Pedagogy
It goes without saying that technology is changing education. Children’s brains are being rewired, universities are being threatened with extinction, and we will be in serious trouble if we ignore the transformative
MOOCagogy: Assessment, Networked Learning, and the Meta-MOOC
“Building community doesn’t mean that learning happens.” ~ from an audience comment at InstructureCon 2013 Learning in a MOOC Instruction does not equate to learning. This is the fundamental fly in the ointment