Monthly Archives: October 2012

Open Academics at the University of Minnesota

The Richardsonian Romanesque Pillsbury Hall (1889) is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Minnesota Minneapolis campus. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) I was really excited this morning to see Stacy Olson’s tweet (@OlsonStacy) about the University of Minnesota’s Open … Continue reading

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MOOCs and Connectivist Instructional Design

I am very interested in the instructional design of MOOCs. While I was working at Tacoma Community College, I co-taught a course called “Health Information Management 101.” The purpose of the course was to introduce health information management students to … Continue reading

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16 Resources for Free Images for Educators

Abraham Lincoln with Allan Pinkerton and Major General John Alexander McClernand at the Battle of Antietam. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) The search for quality images continues… We have faculty who are creating course materials and in some cases, replacing Fair Use … Continue reading

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Effective Online Teaching Techniques

These are the slides and some resources from my workshop on “Effective Online Teaching Techniques.” It relies heavily on Chickering and Gamson because I like to emphasize that the same principles that make face-to-face teaching effective are the same principles … Continue reading

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Promoting an Open Culture with Open Access Week

(Photo credit: Wikipedia) Open Access Week is upon us and this is a very important part of the OER equation. Quality OER is going to have to start with quality open research. There are so many concerns outside of the … Continue reading

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PowerPoint as an Interactive Teaching Tool

PowerPoint is on every computer in this college and every college I have worked with. Students, faculty, and staff use and abuse it every day. Those of you who know me know that I am not particularly an advocate of … Continue reading

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Closing Open Ed with State Authorization Rules

State seal of Minnesota (Wikipedia) The Chronicle of Higher Ed reported on Minnestota’s state authorization rules for distance ed that we in the California Community College’s Distance Education Coordinator’s group have been wrestling with as well. The state of Minnesota … Continue reading

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From Abelard to Apple with Richard DeMillo

Richard DeMillo (Wikipedia) Today’s presentation in our MOOC, “The Current and Future State of Higher Education” featured Rich DeMillo, according to his introduction, he is “a Distinguished Professor of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, the seventh ranked public … Continue reading

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Beyond MOOC Hyperbole with Siva Vaidhyanathan

These are my notes on “Beyond MOOC Hyperbole: Why We Should Support MOOC Experimentation…Critically and Carefully.” This was a presentation hosted by Dave Cormier and presented by Siva Vaidhyanathan for our MOOC “The Current and Future State of Higher Education … Continue reading

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Podcasting and the Attention Curve

We were working with one of our brilliant faculty here at College of the Redwoods, Pamela Netzow, who is creating an audio annotation and guide to a very complex accounting textbook. She came in for a meeting today and the … Continue reading

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