Reflection

Would You Take Your Own Course?

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I would imagine that the best part of being a roller coaster designer is being first in line to test your latest creation. As a thrill ride designer you create an experience that you would enjoy riding. There must be an extreme amount of excitement as you watch construction crews bringing the product of your… Read more »

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 »

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 »

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.

Learning Moodle (again)

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Learn Moodle

For the month of September, a few EMU colleagues and I are working our way through the first-ever Moodle MOOC, called “Teaching With Moodle: An Introduction.” (You can join anytime: http://learn.moodle.net) – It is a four-week, massively open course, run in Moodle, by Moodle, to teach folks how to teach in Moodle. Having participated in… Read more »