Category Archives: Online Learning

#DotDay and the Challenge to Blog

Life has gotten a bit crazy, mainly because I have completely forgotten calculus. Well, that’s not exactly true. For my science education emphasis I must take 2 graduate level science courses. Rather than choosing the easy way out (there are … Continue reading

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“Why Aren’t More Teachers on Twitter?”

(Link to study documentation and survey) This is a question that seems to get posted at least once during the education chats I participate in each week. After having discovered how easily one can connect with and learn from passionate … Continue reading

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Digital Literacy and Screenshots

I’m planning some of the changes I want to make this coming fall semester for my online teacher technology course. The curriculum concerns two viewpoints for my students, one as students of the course, but a second as teachers-to-be who … Continue reading

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Text Discussion Boards in Higher Ed – Really?

One of my students this week pointed out the incongruity of using text-based discussions in a course focused on educational technology. And yes, I recognize the irony of writing about this in, let’s face it, that same kind of format. … Continue reading

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Students want to be seen as people

This is the conclusion I have come to during my time spent researching the use of Google+ video posts and Hangouts as a way to help create social and teaching presence in my online classroom. This sentiment is not revolutionary, … Continue reading

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Embracing the Growth Mindset

I have almost completed Dr. Dweck’s book, “mindset” and have recognized both growth and fixed mindsets within myself. There have definitely been times when I have internalized the failure to understand a concept quickly or accomplish a task as a … Continue reading

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Teacher Immediacy

I enjoy being a full-time graduate student; discussing theory and research issues with fellow doctoral students and faculty in my courses, assisting faculty as a grad assistant, and working on my own research. But sometimes I miss my kids. Not … Continue reading

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From MOOC to AERA Round Table Discussion

I enrolled in Kevin Werbach’s 2012 Coursera Gamification course because I am interested in learning about anything that can be used as a tool to motivate people to learn; be they students or teachers. Little did I know it would … Continue reading

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Why Video Discussion Posts are Amazing

This post will be a bit different from the previous three, there will be no research or citations or formal writing per se. I am simply sharing a moment I had the honor to witness and explain why I am … Continue reading

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The Need for Free MOOCs

I attended a webinar on MOOCs today conducted by the National Institute for Technology in Education (my thanks again to Joey King and Michael Nanfito again for their time). Like other higher ed schools across the country, mine is wondering … Continue reading

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