Category Archives: education

CmapTools for iPad

I have used Cmap on nearly every computer I have owned or worked with. It is a very useful tool and, I think, very under-rated. I used to think it was difficult to work with until I had a conversation … Continue reading

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A Letter to Blackboard on W²3k

Dear Blackboard, GBC Education Consulting’s upcoming new product “WidgetWare 3000” (aka W²3k) is going to revolutionize education. This will be THE killer app for schools that changes the way we think about teaching and learning. In fact, it will change everything. … Continue reading

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On Learning Objectives: A Response to Jeff Noonan

Jeff Noonan wrote a great blog posing called “Ten Theses In Support of Teaching and Against Learning Outcomes.”I have called this a “response” but what it is really semi-random notes. This will be one of those postings that folks in … Continue reading

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Open Education is More Than Just Free Books

I miss Jim Groom at OpenEd15 – I miss his viewpoint and energy. He knows I am a big fan (something that blows around a lot of hot air :-). Jim Groom tweeted today: “The unfortunate equation of open education … Continue reading

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Open Pedagogy at Tacoma Community College

Using Open Pedagogy to Reduce Social Learning Barriers for Students in the Global Discovery Program Christie Fierro Open Education Coordinator and Instructional Designer Tacoma Community College   For the last 5 years, student groups have been coming over from the … Continue reading

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Social Media Assessment at #opened15

I am fascinated by this topic because this is exactly what I hear from faculty that I work with – they do not have time to read and assess everything that students would produce in blogs, facebook, and twitter. Again, this … Continue reading

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My History of Not Running for Office

There was a golden era on the internet when companies were so desperate for content they would publish pretty much anything. There were at one time in the 90s five or six free press release services that would basically send out anything you … Continue reading

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Implementing an Open Textbook in an Online Biology Lab Course

This was the presentation I gave today on our course design for instructor Chris Callahan’s online biology class: After spending some time here talking to people about this, I have come up with some great ideas about better integrating the … Continue reading

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Rubric of Wonder

…and I am perpetually waiting for the fleeing lovers on the Grecian Urn to catch each other up at last and embrace and I am awaiting perpetually and forever awaiting a renaissance of wonder. – “I am Waiting” by Lawrence … Continue reading

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Connectivism, Neuroscience, and Education

I have never been comfortable with proclamations by educators or scientists (and yes, there is a difference) about how the brain works. The logical fallacy goes something like this: “we have isolated a mechanism in the brain, learning takes place … Continue reading

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