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Two Working Hypotheses for Teaching

If instructors and school leaders seek to create schools in which practices and structures are aligned with the realities of human learning, then they must work from two hypotheses: First, the students who arrive in schools are experienced learners. Their experiences are affected by their culture, motivation, academic, and personal experiences. Any list of the relevant Read More

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On Blogs in Online Courses

Blogs have been a tool for self-publishing to the Internet since the late 1990’s. The model is simple: An individual is “assigned” to a part of the platform. That individual is given permission to post text, images, video, audio and other content to their blog. Visitors to the site can post comments to the blog Read More

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Reflecting on Pandemic Teaching

While I am a distance learning professional and I spend most of my time working at a computer and encouraging educators to use computers, I am an educator before I am a technologist. Teaching decisions must be made to benefit students. For much of my career, it has been easy for many individual educators to reject all technology-based and distance learning options categorically. They were justified in reasoning they could Read More

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Spinning Up Online Classrooms

Earlier this month, I presented “Spinning Up Online Classrooms” at a regional conference for community college educators. In this post, I summarize my presentation. For a number of reasons, educators are often in the position where they must quickly prepare an online classroom. Certainly, the pandemic caused this, but there are other situations as well. Read More