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Information Overload at ILiADS 2015

I was composing a list of new tools that have come up in discussion and/or are being supported this week… When you go to a conference–or, in this case, an institute–you typically learn of new tools to try, tools that might save you time or allow you to do something […]


GLCA launching a Consortial Center for Teaching and Learning

The Great Lakes Colleges Association  is launching an innovative take on a center for pedagogy, funded by the Teagle Foundation. It’ll be consortial: a community of faculty and staff with demonstrated commitment to improving teaching and learning across all of GLCA’s colleges. It will rely pretty heavily on the Web and web […]

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The SAMR Model

What will revolutionize education?

A colleague at Beloit College recently shared this impressive video: [This Will Revolutionize Education] The idea that technology will revolutionize education is an old myth that keeps getting new life with new tech. It’s an age old truth that education is a social experience that’s been affirmed in many ways. …and then I introduce SAMR.


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I’ve been thinking lately about my role on campus, or my official role, what it should be, what it could be. These thoughts often revolve around language and labels and titles. For example, what’s the difference between an Instructional Technologist and an Instructional Designer? Recollections of past conversations come to […]

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Thoughts about flipped learning are evolving

Robert Talbert has this nice article in the Chronicle, describing how his thinking on flipped learning has changed over time: Three evolving thoughts about flipped learning His three points, (in his own words, my rearranging:) Pre-class activity is for generating questions, rather than mastering content-oriented instructional objectives. Accountability doesn’t have to […]


6 Transformational Questions on Innovative EdTech

eSchoolNews.com has a nice article, with 6 questions to determine if you’re technology rich, yet innovation poor. The questions are deeply thought-provoking and may stimulate institutional soul-searching. While the article goes into detailed explanation, the questions are copied here: Did the assignment build capacity for critical thinking on the web? Did […]

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Flipped Teaching brings National Championship

Little did I know, as I was watching the big OSU National Championship game with my wife and 11 year old son Monday night, that the winning Buckeyes owed much of their success to an innovative teaching style that’s growing in popularity. It’s a technique that I’ve taught and consulted with faculty […]


Objects in mirror are further than expected

As you can see, my last post was in mid-October, lamenting that it was mid-term break already. Here it is December, and winter break is looming. In fact, tomorrow is the last day of fall classes. It has been a busy semester, and I still feel swamped with a Blackboard […]

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Is it mid-term break already?

Today is the second day of mid-semester break and the campus is pretty quiet. It’s a good time to catch up on things. This fall semester has been busy. It sure seemed like classroom equipment was misbehaving or completely failing more than usual. Sure, some of it is getting old. […]