Case study: Highly synchronous online course

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Hand-drawn visualization of our online classroom, matching technologies with familiar objects. (Click for full-size.)

At risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to write again about my first significant online course design and facilitation experience: the online restorative justice class at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP), which ran this past spring (and will run again this coming spring). It was what I would characterize as… Read more »

Partnering with faculty for online instructional design

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Photo by Teo Romera via Flickr

This week I found a helpful article by Laura Lea on the Moodlerooms blog… Best Practices: Sharing the Lanes of Design and Facilitation in Online Courses I’ll get back to this article in a minute, but first let me set some context for how it factors into my work… In my role as Distance Learning… Read more »

Change of venues…

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photo by tonystl via Flickr

After four years of life in the campus of Eastern Mennonite University, the majority of which was spent as a graduate student, but also these past five months after graduation working full-time for Information Systems, I’m returning to my home state of Iowa. It’s been a tremendous gift to be part of such a wonderful… Read more »

The frailty of community in MOOCs

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Now that the PR hysteria around MOOCs has died down and there are actual courses running, I’m trying to track the experience of MOOC students, some of whom are blogging about their experiences. Here’s a helpful piece from Audrey Watters that talks about the peer feedback system in Coursera, one of the big two MOOC… Read more »

An ed-tech ecosystem…always evolving

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Ed-tech Ecosystem Aug 2012

When I started my work in May, my task was deceptively simple: Help EMU standardize on a web conferencing platform to facilitate a synchronous online classroom experience. Virtual/online class sessions had been used previously in a few of the graduate programs here at EMU, but with no standardization. The Nursing and MBA programs used GoToMeeting,… Read more »

Higher Education in an Age of Disruption

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Higher Education in an Age of Disruption

While the focus of my work since starting in May has been on the selection of a web conferencing platform for virtual classrooms, my director and I wrote into my job description some responsibility for helping develop bigger-picture/strategic elements for educational technology at EMU. This is of course a widely-shared responsibility here, so my part… Read more »

Reflecting on “Elicitive Pedagogy in the Digital Age”

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In the spring 2012 semester I played the role of tech facilitator for an online class in restorative justice at EMU’s Center for Justice and Peacebuilding (CJP). At the time I was their resident tech/web/social media nerd, so I had also been involved in the design process for this class, which was the first online class… Read more »

Hello world!

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As a former programmer, I love the “Hello world!” – that rite of passage whenever a new programming language is picked up for the first time and the coder tradition implores you to write, compile, and run that few lines of code to get your first taste of the language’s conventions and its runtime environment…. Read more »