This post was originally written as a response to Kyle M. Jones’ posting on TheCorkboard.org entitled “Digital Learning and Badges“ in which he calls for greater discussion around using “badges” to certify student learning online. Here is my response: Everything I’ve heard is that badges are designed to take the place of the diploma– but a diploma is just a… Read more →
With the news that Google Apps for Education will be integrated with Google+ in a few days, it’s time to start thinking about how social media and collaboration can be a reality for schools.
In Cultivate Your Personal Learning Network Part I, you learned to find and organize information that will teach you, challenge your ideas, and help you stay on top of interesting new developments in your areas of interest. The second part of the Learning Loop is the “Outputs” stage. Here you will need to get in the habit of adding value to… Read more →
Our university is evaluating Learning Management Systems right now, and comparing the features of Blackboard 9.1, MoodleRooms Joule, and Instructure‘s Canvas LMS has forced me to think about basic tools in online learning. Which tools do we need and which are just niceties? [Or worse-- impediments to high quality teaching and learning?] Is there a holistic way to think… Read more →
Image via Wikipedia Did you know you can save time and effort by starting a Frequently Asked Questions Discussion Board in your course? Do you get tired of answering the same student questions over and over? Save time and effort by starting a Frequent Asked Questions forum in your course! It is a public way for students to share questions… Read more →
Image by lrargerich via Flickr In Jez’ e-Rambler blog, he meditates on the importance of reflection in education. Researchers have long known that reflection is an excellent way to stimulate critical thinking. By comparing new learnings with what you already know, you are able to fit the new information into your existing mental schemata. This helps your brain form connections–… Read more →