Taking inventory

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"Boxing ourselves in?" by Linus Bohman via Flickr

Over the last few months, I’ve been putting together an inventory document of all online, blended, and hybrid courses being offered in our graduate and undergraduate programs at EMU for the current and next academic years. This has been a helpful exercise as it’s been surprising to me how much we’re already doing in this area, with new… Read more »

Coming to terms…

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First off it’s been quite a while since I posted here on the ed-tech blog. Not for lack of activity, really, either. At the beginning of the fall semester, two exciting new collaborative programs rolled out, which I’ve discussed here before: the Collaborative MBA and the undergraduate sociology program, both ventures between Goshen College, Bluffton University, and… Read more »

The role of expectations in online education

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Huh?

A longtime friend of mine has an unusual knack for coming up with pithy proverbial sayings. My favorite goes like this: Disappointment and elation Are all a matter of expectation Cute, right? Yet it’s strangely come to mind in any number of situations over the decade since I first heard it uttered. One such area has to… Read more »

Showcase: “To Wisconsin With Love”

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For the past academic year we have been using the MediaCore platform to upload and embed digital video and other media in Moodle, for both on-campus and online courses. It’s been a great platform; the Moodle integration is very seamless and intuitive and it’s been ticking along well. It’s been used for recorded mini-lectures and… Read more »

Cultivating affection in online education?

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Agrarian author, Wendell Berry (image licensed under Creative Commons)

Wendell Berry has been a big influence on my thinking and doing in the past few years, thanks to a close friend who not only loves and knows well most of Berry’s work but also embodies many of the things that Berry is passionate about: place and community, to name just two. It’s not a… Read more »

The ed-tech vision for collaboration in Mennonite education

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For the past year, a good bit of my energy at EMU has been focused on helping craft the technology framework for an ambitious project which has just recently been announced and begins this fall: The Collaborative MBA – a graduate degree program jointly offered by three Mennonite-affiliated schools, Goshen College, Bluffton University, and EMU…. Read more »

MOOCs: The Little Engine That Couldn’t

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Train wreck at Montparnasse 1895

Just 11 months ago, I chose the visual metaphor to the right to be juxtaposed against the title for a post: “All aboard the MOOC train!” – wherein I expressed some reservations about the MOOC euphoria that was then gripping the nation, having just ended the so-called “Year of the MOOC” in 2012. Well, it… Read more »

Google Apps changed my life

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Guest post by Jody Bowie Instructional Designer at Southern Nazarene University [Editor’s note: Last fall I saw an e-mail on the technology listserv of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities/CCCU. It was from partner school Southern Nazarene University, announcing that their Friday Faculty Training workshops were open to CCCU schools via web conferencing software…. Read more »

A Catholic Case Against MOOCs: A Mennonite affirmation

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This morning our provost sent a few folks a story at The Chronicle, “A Catholic Case Against MOOCs,” and asked if we Mennonites had anything to learn from such an argument. Since it dealt with the high-tech MOOC phenomenon, it made its way to me, the “ed-tech guy.” But I’m also the product of a Mennonite… Read more »

It’s only a matter of time…

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In this piece, Brian reflects on how his idealism and zeal for synchronous online course delivery has been tempered by experience with the range of graduate programs at EMU.