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laurapasquini: Reading some of the comments from – thanks for curating via the Comment Collector ()

Reading some of the comments from #Rhizo15 – thanks for curating via the Comment Collector (#ccourses) http://bit.ly/1PJEx7n 

Maybe College IS for Everyone!

After class the other day, one of you asked about how you refute the “college isn’t for everyone” argument.   This new data goes a long way to refuting it.  Colleges makes an enormous difference ESPECIALLY for the marginal, those who “barely” get in, “barely” make the admissions cut offs:  http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/26/upshot/college-for-the-masses.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0&abt=0002&abg=0   Just one taste:  “Perhaps […]

Feedback Request and Conference Plug!

Dear all, Here is the link to a handout that Rachel, Evan and I plan to incorporate into our panel, “Life Barriers and Ethics: Structuring Equality in the Classroom,” at the upcoming Purposeful Pedagogy conference at the GC on May 1: https://docs.google.com/document/d/14UrE5H63cxU79HqUu_0d6_JHRPs_KI2IEZy-GYwNoCk/edit We’ve submitted it for the conference booklet, but we’d appreciate any feedback on […]

How should we be in the classroom?

In our Adult Education classrooms, as is true to some degree in all of our classrooms, students use their bodies to express all sorts of things. One student hunches over and takes a nap with her head on the table. Another student leans back in his seat and catches peaks at his cell phone screen. When an […]

MiaZamoraPhD: Join us 2 discuss “Race & the Classroom” Tues 4/28 6-7pm LiveTweet …

Join us 2 discuss “Race & the Classroom” Tues 4/28 6-7pm LiveTweet #WritingRace https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/writingraceminimooc/ … … #edchat #ccourses #digped #engchat

From Critical Reflection to Critical Refraction

Think metaphorically. I was discussing student portfolios, metacognition and transfer with my friend and colleague, Joe Cates, when this idea surfaced. This post has two purposes. First, I’m trying to clarify the conceptual differences for myself. Second, I want to see if this distinction is a useful lens to help faculty think about the intellectual […]

MiaZamoraPhD: Join us 2 discuss “Race & the Classroom” Tues 4/28 6-7pm Live tweet

Join us 2 discuss “Race & the Classroom” Tues 4/28 6-7pm Live tweet #WritingRace https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/writingraceminimooc/ … #edchat #ccourses #nwp @kuwp @kuwsp

adnanedtech: Dot.con ? Documentary on Internet Scams – via

Dot.con ? Documentary on Internet Scams – http://bit.ly/16b0Zob  via @courosa #ccourses

OnlineCrsLady: A6 I’m very excited about going to … a happy consequence of

A6 I’m very excited about going to #DML2015… a happy consequence of #ccourses http://oudigitools.blogspot.com/2015/03/dml2015-here-i-come.html … #OpenTeachingOU

taevans: Looking forward to ‘s plenary on

Looking forward to @GardnerCampbell’s #et4online plenary on #thoughtvectors #ccourses #bagsofgold

SHARING THE PLATFORM OF INSTRUCTION

Do you share the platform of instruction with your students? How comfortable are you in sharing this platform? What are your prohibitions in doing so? Are you afraid that they will perform this task better than you? I am happy if they do then that is a really good indicator that they ‘got it.’ I’ll […]

Classroom Instruction: Ways of Knowing

As an educator, how well do you understand the Urban American school culture? By culture, I incorporate the many definitions used by Sewell (2005), culture as “learned behavior, an institutional sphere, a system of symbols and meanings, and as practice.” Is your mode of instruction in the classroom unidirectional or is there a respectful exchange […]

Mindfulness as a Legitimate Praxis in Teaching and Learning

The very rich, engaging and rewarding presentation given by Richard Lissemore, Ryan Donovan and Hilarie Ashton inspired me to revisit some articles that I read on ‘mindfulness.” ‘Mindfulness’ although not new is an up and rising praxis that is being incorporated in the practice of teaching and learning. One of the articles that I read […]

OnlineCrsLady: was HUGE for me. I’m even going to !

@NomadWarMachine @jgmac1106 @Autumm @JeffreyKeefer @barry_dyck #ccourses was HUGE for me. I’m even going to #DML2015! http://oudigitools.blogspot.com/2015/03/dml2015-here-i-come.html …

NomadWarMachine: I missed coz life, was determined not to miss another or

@OnlineCrsLady @jgmac1106 @Autumm @JeffreyKeefer @barry_dyck I missed #ccourses coz life, was determined not to miss another or #rhizo15

OnlineCrsLady: I was not a big Twitter user but and converted me. :-)

@NomadWarMachine @jgmac1106 @Autumm @JeffreyKeefer @barry_dyck I was not a big Twitter user but #ccourses and #rhizo15 converted me. :-)

Mapping the Nodes, Take Two

In a week in which in which I’ve had too little time to get any blog post  beyond the draft stage, I did the newest sets of data on the Mapping the Nodes form and present to you Take Two … Continue reading →

Mentoring workshop, upcoming classes, final requirements: A Recap

Subject: Mentoring workshop, upcoming classes, final requirements: A Recap Hi everyone, Thanks, first of all, to Group Four for yet another incredibly rich, full, tantalizing, stimulating class. Second, thanks to everyone in advance for your cooperation in the study that Janey and Deborah are doing.  Because this class is being watched so carefully, we are […]

Designing Higher Ed from the Outside In–and Out Again

Yesterday, Group 4 tackled not just inner space but architecture, turning what has been called the most “vile classroom” at the GC into an interactive, multipurpose, lovely space.  I wish we’d been meeting down there the whole term!   Here’s another inspirational school, K-12, designed by listening to the kids.  Very cool:  https://vimeo.com/115357679

GoogleGuacamole: :talks about how helped her experience in prof. development what kids experience in

@mizuko:talks about how #connectedcourses helped her experience in prof. development what kids experience in #connectedlearning #et4online

taevans: Opening remarks at . Pumped up for ‘s keynote on connected learning

Opening remarks at #et4online. Pumped up for @mizuko’s keynote on connected learning #ccourses #thoughtvectors

Embodiment and the Hand Experiment

Hi all, Here’s a public re-post of something I wrote in the private group before the semester began. [Re-post inspired by the stimulating readings assigned this week and my growing comfort with public forums]. “The Hand Experiment,” Phil Ford http://dialmformusicology.com/2013/11/14/the-hand-experiment/ In doing some prep for this course and for teaching this semester (i.e. challenging my computer’s ability […]

catherinecronin: Today’s post: Considering & in higher educ.

Today’s post: Considering #open & #connectedlearning in higher educ. http://wp.me/s1ecLy-oer15  #oer15 #oer #ccourses #vcualtlab #ds106 #vandr

MiaZamoraPhD: If u r interested in “Race & Popular Culture” join my class 2night 6-7pm EST Live tweet! …

If u r interested in “Race & Popular Culture” join my class 2night 6-7pm EST Live tweet! #WritingRace https://sites.google.com/a/kean.edu/writingraceminimooc/ … … #ccourses

Higher Education Becomes Even More Unequal–and a Radical Proposal

Here’s an interesting blog:  http://bryanalexander.org/2015/04/20/higher-education-becomes-even-more-unequal-and-a-major-proposal/   What do you think?

mizuko: packing for and wondering who from and I might see in Dallas

packing for #et4online and wondering who from #ccourses and #dmlcommons I might see in Dallas

klbz: Feminist professors create alternate M00C

Feminist professors create alternate M00C http://bit.ly/1OCi1Ld  #DMLcommons #ccourses

JeffreyKeefer: What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration via

What Harvard Business School Has Learned About Online Collaboration http://ow.ly/LUTMO  via @insidehighered #ccourses #rhizo15

MiaZamoraPhD: In the Classroom with David Preston :

In the Classroom with David Preston : http://eepurl.com/bko-45  #connectedlearning #nwp #ccourses #clmooc #edchat

jgmac1106: Not just p2pu but we should poach from and distributed networks

@epilepticrabbit @mozilla @thornet #teachtheweb Not just p2pu but we should poach from #rhizo14 #ccourses and #ds106 distributed networks

Bali_Maha: My latest piece on Pedagogy of Care—Gone Massive

My latest piece on @hybridped Pedagogy of Care—Gone Massive http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/journal/pedagogy-of-care-gone-massive/ … #rhizo14 #rhizo15 #ccourses #dmlcommons #moocs #edtech

GardnerCampbell: The Machines Are Coming, via >

The Machines Are Coming, via @nytimes > #vcuqep #thoughtvectors #ccourses #vcualtlab http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/19/opinion/sunday/the-machines-are-coming.html?smid=nytcore-ipad-share&smprod=nytcore-ipad …

Rhizo15 Research Study: Pre-Course Questionnaire – 0%

Rhizo15 Research Study: Pre-Course Questionnaire Source: survey.ubc.ca Join in the research on rhizo15. #rhizo15 See on Scoop.it – Rhizomatic Learning: Week 2 – Self Assessment and Self Remediation

A reflection about how we view and use assessments

Being an educator in an after school setting certainly poses different challenges for me with assessment; most of the time evaluations and surveys are how my programs are assessed and usually for the purposes of reporting on grant requirements or in applying for funding.  Despite this, I find that a more flexible environment for assessment […]

Mapping the Nodes: First Take

Wondering who all the people in #rhizo15 are beneath the tweets, I tossed together a Google form a few days ago and invited people to answer some basic questions about themselves. The form is here and if people want to … Continue reading →

Upcoming Intellectual Publics Event with Saidiya Hartman and Ann Cvetkovich

Hi all, Just wanted to post about an upcoming event hosted by the new Intellectual Publics initiative, which promises to be outstanding. Ann Cvetkovich’s Depression, like Eve Sedgwick’s A Dialogue on Love, was, for me, a crucial guide for navigating the emotional impasses and obstacles of graduate education and intellectual life–a much needed alternative perspective to Gregory Colon Semenza’s Graduate […]

Metawriting: collaborative assessment

Hi all, I follow Deanna Mascle’s Metawriting blog, and I found something that resonates with Group Two’s presentation. Mascle is a doctoral candidate at Morehead State, and she reflects really interestingly on, in her words,  “writing pedagogy, agency and efficacy, and teaching with technology.” She recently wrote a piece on collaborative assessment that I loved. […]

Futures Initiative at CUNY Inspires New Teaching Styles (originally posted on CHE)

Originally posted on the Chronicle for Higher Education at http://chronicle.com/article/Futures-Initiative-at-CUNY/229377.  read more

Need-to-Know-News: Harvard & MIT Evaluate MOOCs, ‘Lean Forward’ the New approach to Online Collaboration & Why LinkedIn Buying Lynda.com is Good for Higher Ed

This ‘Need-to-Know’ blog post series features noteworthy stories that speak of need-to-know developments within higher education and K-12 that have the potential to influence, challenge and/or transform traditional education as we know it. 1)  Harvard and MIT Evaluate MOOCs’ Impact … Continue reading →

Two Summaries: Innovation and Higher Ed and State of Humanities

Two interesting summaries:   American Academy of Arts and Sciences on the Humanities in higher education:  http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/humanities-higher-education-742/2/   Learning from five unique university innovation incubators and institutional changes required to get them to scale http://www.ecampusnews.com/top-news/innovation-buzzword-practice-311/2/    We should certainly be featured as innovative!    

GoogleGuacamole: absolutely. I developed PLN thu live tweeting conferences & . The authors were part of that

@worried_teacher absolutely. I developed PLN thu live tweeting conferences & #connectedcourses. The authors were part of that #TLC15I

Bali_Maha: i love bringing folks from

@NomadWarMachine @EatcherVeggies @telliowkuwp @sensor63 @dogtrax i love #rhizo15 bringing folks from #rhozo14 #clmooc #moocmooc #ccourses

Bali_Maha: Deals for virtual attendance

Deals for #et4online virtual attendance #edtech #rhizo15 #ccourses #dmlcommons https://twitter.com/OLCToday/status/589775466589982721 …

telliowkuwp: Elegant Lurking The dark matter of Internet life–lurkers. Very appealing.

Elegant Lurking http://buff.ly/1DXq8k0  The dark matter of Internet life–lurkers. Very appealing. #rhizo15 #clmooc #ccourses

OnlineCrsLady: wow, yes, I thought Gordon’s comment harvest was VERY cool for ! :-)

@sensor63 @davecormier @NomadWarMachine @Lenandlar wow, yes, I thought Gordon’s comment harvest was VERY cool for #ccourses! :-) #rhizo15

Preparing to write my reflecting philosophy of online teaching and learning

My reflective philosophy of online teaching and learning will be focused on demonstrating that I met the objectives of this course and on communicating my beliefs, knowledge, and understanding of how people learn through online environments.  Demonstrating that I met the objectives seems to be a straightforward task but communicating how I believe that learning […]

OnlineCrsLady: that’s manual, though, not fancy self-join like with aggregator

@Lenandlar @NomadWarMachine @sensor63 @Inoreader @davecormier that’s manual, though, not fancy self-join like with #ccourses aggregator

OnlineCrsLady: I’m new to rhizo: is there a aggregator like

@Lenandlar @NomadWarMachine @sensor63 @Inoreader @davecormier I’m new to rhizo: is there a aggregator like #ccourses http://connectedcourses.net/how-to/ 

How can assessments enhance intrinsic motivation in students?

As I’ve been observing students in Survivalcraft this week and thinking of ways to improve my diffi-tool (Student Resources Wiki Page), I’ve been reminded about why using MinecraftEdu is a useful tool for engaging and assessing students.  It’s not simply because they are using a game but because there are many opportunities for formative assessment […]

Persistence and Success: What I’d love to see more of

As our Mappings class has been focusing on “Professors & Persistence,” I’ve found myself hyper alert to the academic and life obstacles orbiting around our students and interfering with their success in college. Evan Misshula, alongside Natalie Oshukany and Rachel Oppenheimer, caught the class’ attention with some staggering statistics about CUNY students. 47% come from […]

The People at the Nodes

There have been comments on Facebook and Twitter about coming to know people in work like #rhizo15– both about the excellence of quick connections to lively and generous people, and also about the distinctive challenge of doing this much open … Continue reading →

Learning Subjectives: Joining #rhizo15

I have been looking forward to #rhizo15 for a few months now. I was traveling during the last round of #rhizo, but I keep seeing people I enjoy using the hashtag, so I’ve been chomping at the bit to join … Continue reading →

Great talk by U Washington Interim President Ana Marie Cause: “Diversity Supercharges Innovation”

Wonderful talk by the President of the University of Washington, Professor Ana Marie Cause:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9uWxEJhehjM&app=desktop

sensor63:

@daniellynds @NomadWarMachine #ds106 #rhizo14 #rhizo15 #ccourses

hrheingold: . I did interview about MOOCs:

@sensor63 . I did interview @gsiemens about MOOCs: http://youtube.com/watch?v=VMfipxhT_Co … #rhizo15 #ccourses

3.2 for 32 (VT Run in Remembrance)

This morning, the Virginia Tech community reflected on the lives of the 32 students and faculty who tragically lost their lives on April 16, 2007. The images below were taken before and after the 3.2-mile run in remembrance.

sensor63: did u ever do a video about surviving in a cmooc?

@hrheingold did u ever do a video about surviving in a cmooc? #rhizo15 #ccourses

If You Can’t Change Higher Ed Overnight, Change Your Classroom. Here’s How! #FuturesEd

In “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education,” the first Futures Initiative course, President Emeritus William Kelly and I focused on pedagogy, on what you can do tomorrow in your classroom to redress the kinds of inequity that persist in society and that are exacerbated by higher education. read more

Building Equity and Innovation Into a Syllabus: Or, We May Not Be Able to Change the Word But We Can Change Our Classrooms

In “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education,” the first Futures Initiative course, President Emeritus William Kelly and I focused on pedagogy, on what you can do tomorrow in your classroom to redress the kinds of inequity that persist in society and that are exacerbated by higher education.  Next year, the Futures Initiative will focus more […]

Set the Stage

Leaders are situation makers, not situation stars. – Gon Fern

OnlineCrsLady: Ken, Howard hosted some great videos for ! I loved this one on colearning: :-)

@NextThoughter @hrheingold Ken, Howard hosted some great videos for #ccourses! I loved this one on colearning: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSCvAe65zDU … :-)

“Earth is Forgiveness School”–Anne Lamott

Our class sessions on Professors & Persistence got me thinking about the role of forgiveness in the classroom, particularly inspired by writer Anne Lamott‘s essay on “shitty first drafts.” In this essay, Lamott gives writers permission to write badly, at first. Along with this come the notion that first drafts are supposed to be shitty […]

OnlineCrsLady: has been fun so far! just like with , I am meeting old friends and LOTS of new people here

@NomadWarMachine @NextThoughter has been fun so far! just like with #ccourses, I am meeting old friends and LOTS of new people here #rhizo15

A reflection about the importance of learning with others and learning to stand on my own work

This week I am falling behind on my blogs but feeling better about my paper.  After receiving some much-needed advice and direction from Dr. Jones, I was able to start organizing and illustrating my data.  I’m a visual learner and while creating tables and figures for my paper was not difficult, synthesizing the data and […]