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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 mind, like the time the […]

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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 look like a quiz. In-class […]


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 the assignment develop new lines […]

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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 to implement, known variously as […]


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 migration and upgrade looming. Well, […]

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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. Two SmartBoards in our Education […]


Updates and reruns

Our WordPress server, 15 plugins, and 8 themes have all been updated. So I’m trying out new features: Now that’s nice! As soon as I pasted in the URL for my old YouTube video, it appeared in the post editor. Also, browsing for new plugins should be easier. Now, on to testing other sites…   […]

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Active learning yields knowledge in action

The Chronicle has a nice article reflecting on the deluge of data we’re awash in every day. Specifically, it draws attention to the failure of colleges to adequately prepare graduates for effectively working in and with this data in critical, in-depth ways: Many employers said their fresh-from-college hires frequently lack deeper and more traditional skills […]


Learning about education from liqueur

This commercial from UK company, Arthur Bell & Sons Ltd, is making the rounds among educators. It was shown at a keynote during last week’s CLAC conference. As Carissa Peck points out in her blog post, there are many things to take away from this ad. Enjoy! When I showed it to my family–who all liked […]

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Creative collaboration spaces at my alma mater

The Methodist Theological School in Ohio has embraced educational technology. Using Sakai, all of their courses are now hybrid, offering some amount of content and interaction online. Plus, several of their teaching spaces are now rigged for collaboration. Here are pics from Gault Hall Room 150. When I was a student there (2007 grad) this classroom […]