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    A PLE Comparison and Reflection

    One big need I have for learning is to be able to see a “big picture” of my thinking or my activity. Usually this is in the form of some kind of map or visual or a combination of both. Before creating a PLE diagram I didn’t think of the tools that I use as part […]

  • Share Your Work

    Media sharing platforms like Slideshare.net are a great place to demonstrate creative skills and design talent to the world. This slide deck, titled “What Steve Said” is a perfect example of a young entrepreneur getting his work “out there” – not only seen on a media sharing platform, but also shared out to a wider […]

  • Digital Divide / Digital Inequality: Minding the Gap

    This week our class jumped into the issues and concepts around the idea of access and use of technology. I knew of the terms digital divide and digital inequality, but learned much more through my research about the important distinctions between the two. Let’s say I had “surface” knowledge – this was a chance to […]

  • Designing Effective Online Courses

    According to Dawley (2007) effective online courses contain well planned interactions, feedback, relevant content and promote self-directed learning for the students.   In my mind, the key to designing well is planning well. In a fundamental way, the process starts out looking similar to what I would do for a traditional face-to-face course. Starting with […]

  • Going the Distance – A Reflection on a Survey

    Two issues I found interesting in this survey Going the Distance: Online Education in the United States (2011) were the findings with respect to strategic planning (in higher ed institutions) that did not include online education and the statistics related to how institutions are choosing to prepare faculty for teaching online. Regarding the question of strategic planning, I […]

  • Group Work Blues Confessions of a Loner

    I have to say that the biggest gap in my strategies for online teaching is in the success of group activities. Both of our texts in EdTech 522 spend a serious amount of time talking about how to structure and facilitate small groups in online courses. But I confess that because I’m not a huge […]