Tag «social media»

Networks vs. Groups in Online Instruction

I’ve been reading Teaching Crowds: Learning & Social Media (Dron & Anderson, 2014). I bought it to help me think about a research project, but it’s also really helping me make sense of my teaching. In the book, the authors discuss the differences between learning in groups, networks, sets, and with collectives. In this post, I …

Reading Without Walls

Before we launch into today’s post, I’m sure you noticed I changed the name of the blog. Why did I do that? Two reasons: I’m not bored anymore. I have a new job with lots of new exciting opportunities that have me revved up. I first got the name Teaching Academia in trying to narrow down what …

Documenting Customizable Pathways

Last week, I wrote about the concept of customizable pathway design in online learning. I ended the post by asking three questions: How do we document this? How do I know that students did what they said they would do? How do I know what students are learning or need more help with? Basically, while …

Now It’s Time to Teach Online

If you’ve been reading along for awhile, you know that I have never gotten to teach 100% online. However, it’s likely obvious that I have been dying to do that! And finally, starting in Fall 2017, I will get to do just that. And do you know how this came about? It’s because I got …

Technology Use in Higher Education

Recently, I read this great post/document on the challenges of advancing digital literacy in higher education.  You can see the blog post here and get access to the full report here. There are a number of important points the report makes, but the one that struck me the most was this: “A 2016 Pew Research Center’s …

New Assignment: Social Networking

In one of my fall masters level classes, I have a new assignment (aka quest) that I’m calling Social Networking. This is my attempt to get the teachers in the course to think about how they might use social networking tools. It is also an optional quest. This fall, I have three required quests and …

Twitter Chat Follow-Up

Last week, I wrote about having an extended twitter chat with my students. This week, I wanted to follow up with what I learned from it. Keep in mind that the chat was not required, and I did not publicize it to my students beyond posting an announcement about it on twitter. There was a …

The Extended Twitter Chat

I’m trying something new this quick with one of my classes. We’re going to have an extended twitter chat. I’ve used twitter chats before in my Masters classes. However, in those cases we met for 30-45 minutes at an assigned time and had a discussion using a set of questions I developed in advanced. I …