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developing networked, open courses that embody the principles of connected learning and the values of the open web.

Pre-Course: Move-In, Orientation, Registration Why We Need a Why Trust and Network Fluency The Web: Concept, Platform, Culture(s) Diversity, Equity, Access About Co-Learning Putting it into Practice

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 […]

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 […]

Jonathan_Worth: MT Great article my school wrote on and

@sullivanclaudia @mizuko #CCourses MT Great article my school wrote on @G6GemsChi and @PhonarNation http://www.gemsworldacademy-chicago.com/page/News-Detail?pk=782473&fromId=188112 …

Research has been completed, now what??

What needs to be considered now? What will I do next? If I really want to have my research help inform other teachers and to impact game design I need to consider who my immediate audience would be and how I can reach them to share my work.  Our Google Community un-conference will be a […]

A reflection about sifting through data to tell my story

This week was rough, what I initially thought would be an exciting process of data analysis quickly turned into a pile of data that I couldn’t seem to organize.  I found that examining each document on its own was incredibly useful and I would quickly identify themes and great examples to support those themes; then […]

How I will apply what I’ve learned + Discussion section

I have primarily been focused on capturing data and presenting it in some coherent form, and these essential questions this week made me step back and look at the bigger picture.  I chose to focus on teacher tools and strategies within MinecraftEdu because last fall I had been part of a team that designed and […]

A reflection about our feedback process and providing continued support during Survivalcraft

It’s been a busy weekend of reflecting on our course site feedback and implementing minor changes in our course design.  As teachers have started using the online course site, we are seeing evidence through several ways.  Teachers are joining the Google Community and one teacher started posting screenshots that were taken through the MinecraftEdu challenges.  […]

GoogleGuacamole: it’s actually my model, just without the figuring-it-out stages:).I appreciate ‘s generosity

@JeffreyKeefer it’s actually my #connectedcourses model, just without the figuring-it-out stages:).I appreciate @dmlresearchhub’s generosity

JeffreyKeefer: Indeed, I still find myself using at times!

@OnlineCrsLady @dogtrax Indeed, I still find myself using #ccourses at times! #rhizo15

English 110 has a question! Changing GDoc comment colors.

We are becoming Google Docs experts, and are wondering how to change the (automatic) highlight color that comes up over text when a comment is inserted. From some Googling, it seems like this is possible, but we haven’t found decent instructions. Can anyone help? In the meantime, Luvenia came up with a great workaround: change […]

Day 1 Reflections from #NCTMBoston #NCTM2015

Tweetrefs:  @elizwgreen  @OERCommonsThis is my first NCTM Conference since changing from being a…

Zap That Org Chart – Manage people like we manage projects?

Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh, has been a wonderful inspiration for me as a manager and an entrepreneur. Watching his retail model become a leading e-tail model has been an eye opener for many industries and individuals. He’s a game changer and is always on the lookout for that next best solution to product, distribution, and talent…Continue reading »

Is Educational Freedom and Choice Always Free? Reflections on Our Conversation with Dean John Mogulescu

(Another version was posted to our Futures Initiative group on hastac.org) This week our “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” course had the honor of hosting Dean John Mogulescu, Founding Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies for an interview with President Emeritus (and “Mapping” co-teacher), Bill Kelly.  They are old friends–and two of […]

OnlineCrsLady: and I am so glad our paths are crossing again here… I think I’ve been feeling -deprived this semester…

@JeffreyKeefer @dogtrax and I am so glad our paths are crossing again here… I think I’ve been feeling #ccourses -deprived this semester…

Evaluating Digital Scholarship, 4/21, 6:30pm

The GC Digital Initiatives, CUNY DHI, and the GC Digital Fellows invite you to join us for a panel and discussion on Evaluating, Valuing, and Promoting Digital Scholarship. Details here: http://cunydhi.commons.gc.cuny.edu/2015/04/14/evaluating-valuing-and-promoting-digital-scholarship/ April 21, 2015 at The Graduate Center in Room 9204 from 6:30-8:30 pm Digital resources and methods are deeply embedded in academic research. However, processes […]

Is Educational Freedom and Choice Always Free? Structure, Pathways, and More #FuturesED

This week our “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” course had the honor of hosting Dean John Mogulescu, Founding Dean of the CUNY School of Professional Studies for an interview with President Emeritus (and “Mapping” co-teacher), Bill Kelly. …

One Walk, Three Ways

I borrowed this phrase from Stacy Kerr’s YouTube Video of the same name. I am also reminded of Alexandra’s Horowitz’s On Looking: Eleven Walks with Expert Ideas as I write this.  The purpose of my post is to get interaction with the reader in three different ways on the topic of rhizomatic learning via three different … Continue reading One Walk, Three Ways →

A reflection on my impossible “ways to be” and why I think they’re possible

We associate the brain and learning with the mental and psychological skills or behaviors, so this week’s focus on the physiological was important because it highlights the factors that learners cannot control – environmental factors of poverty, neglect, stress, malnutrition, lack of sleep, etc.  So much of education is focused on quantifying learning and placing […]

GardnerCampbell: Great article by . Essential reading.

Great article by @judell. Essential reading. #vcualtlab #vcuqep @DrDanielleDick @jcsouth #ccourses #thoughtvectors https://twitter.com/atreloar/status/588519511403311105 …

Roots “Midterm Formative Assessment” Survey Results

Before spring break I gave my Roots students a Midterm Formative Assessment Survey. Below is a summary of their answers. The results of this survey bring to light many of the issues that arise when learning leaves the classroom and falls into the unstructured category of “homework” and “self-study.” In addition, students have both favorable and not-so-favorable responses to many of […]

SpringHaikuTooMuch

Haiku here inspired by Susan Watson’s poem “Quicksand, Ellipsis”.  The story behind this is simple.  When it gets emerald and alive and warm and foggy with spring life squeezing into every open door and window and orifice of perception…well, that is surfeit of, too much of, much too much of necessary Spring. The poem also arises out … Continue reading SpringHaikuTooMuch →

Education in the Age of Adjunctification

Yesterday’s class session with John Mogalescu, Senior University Dean for Academic Affairs at CUNY, was really wonderful, inspiring, and a bit troubling, but I’ll get to that in a minute. The undeniably astounding results that the ASAP program is having truly prove that institutional change is possible and must happen for higher ed to change. And yes, […]

jgmac1106: I use the privacy and research policy created for that she remixed from

I use the privacy and research policy @mizuko created for #ccourses that she remixed from #rhizo14 #dmlcommons

jgmac1106: I see it more as a funnel to point me to the scholarship. Do notice same people in the same

@akeune @GoogleGuacamole I see it more as a funnel to point me to the scholarship. Do notice same people in the same #ccourses #DMLcommons

epilepticrabbit: Online identity chat in the blog garage TODAY:

Online identity chat in the #dmlcommons blog garage TODAY: http://dmlcommons.net/my-calendar/?mc_id=37 … #teachtheweb #ccourses #webliteracy

laura_ritchie: workshopping abt connectedness and encouraging participation

@digisim workshopping #oer15 abt connectedness and encouraging participation #ccourses pic.twitter.com/xGo9NAqHnb

JeffreyKeefer: Can anybody recommend WordPress plugins for threaded discussions similar to the platform in ?

Can anybody recommend WordPress plugins for threaded discussions similar to the platform in #ccourses? @cogdog @jimgroom @ReclaimHosting

jgmac1106:

#dmlcommons #edtechchat #ccourses https://twitter.com/jgmac1106/status/588043304161439744 …

jgmac1106: serendipity abound. As you were commenting pinged me this post living the dream

@cogdog serendipity abound. As you were commenting @judell pinged me this post http://bit.ly/1H3Pb5R  #ccourses living the dream #dmlcommons

CHE Piece About Our Course Comes Out On Friday, April 17

Hi everyone, Before I forget:   We need you to make edits to the language for the Futures Initiative Scholar certificate (and for your students’ and your resumes).   A version was in my last blog post and I sent you the link to the Google Doc earlier.   Please alert your students that the Chronicle of […]

laura_ritchie: Heading to Cardiff to later today, presenting tomorrow about the first year of my connected course

Heading to Cardiff to #OER15 later today, presenting tomorrow about the first year of my connected course #MUS654 #ccourses

jgmac1106: Very interesting. can you pull up . Have this theory Death Star happens more with unconnected novices

@cogdog @mhawksey Very interesting. can you pull up #ccourses. Have this theory Death Star happens more with unconnected novices

Jonathan_Worth: Inside one photographer’s attempt to make a completely secret phone call:

Inside one photographer’s attempt to make a completely secret phone call: http://www.fastcompany.com/3044637/how-to-build-your-own-secret-phone-network … #Phonar #Privacy #CCourses

Jonathan_Worth: I just backed ‘Don’t You Quit’ World Tour: An Open Source Learning Project on

I just backed ‘Don’t You Quit’ World Tour: An Open Source Learning Project on @Kickstarter http://kck.st/1H8gITU  #Phonar #CCourses

Writing From the Gut: A Response

Terry Elliott recently honored my Quicksand post with annotations on Genius. And when I say annotations, I mean annotations as only Terry can – GIFs, photos, technical grammar explications, questions, praise and all manner of goodness.This is my relati…

dogtrax: I wonder if a piece about the Daily Connect via might be something to consider …

@Bali_Maha @CLMOOC @chrissinerantzi I wonder if a piece about the Daily Connect via #ccourses might be something to consider …

Ten Ideas for a Sunny Sunday Morning in April

View April 12, 2015 on Hackpad.

Technology as Passport: Degrees of Separation and Movement of Ideas

Hi all, I wanted to offer some thoughts on using technology as a passport into a different kind of educational space. This isn’t a new space that I’m outlining – many people teach within and slightly outside of its boundaries every day. Recently, though, I entered it as a panel participant at a huge conference, […]

Honor by Annotating: Susan Watson’s “Quicksand, Ellipses”…

I have taken Susan Watson’s latest post/poem (I sure wish she would post more often) and put it into Genius so that folks could close read and honor the work she does. I consider this the full monty of reciprocation. I have been using Diigo to do this in the past, but I also like … Continue reading Honor by Annotating: Susan Watson’s “Quicksand,…

Honor by Annotating: Susan Watson’s “Quicksand, Ellipses”…

I have taken Susan Watson’s latest post/poem (I sure wish she would post more often) and put it into Genius so that folks could close read and honor the work she does. I consider this the full monty of reciprocation. I have been using Diigo to do this in the past, but I also like … Continue reading Honor by Annotating: Susan Watson’s “Quicksand,…

OnlineCrsLady: Chat Planning post for next chat: Friday, April 24, 9AM (Norman) Topic: CONNECTED LEARNING!

Chat Planning post for next #OpenTeachingOU chat: Friday, April 24, 9AM (Norman) Topic: CONNECTED LEARNING! http://openteachingou.blogspot.com/2015/04/chat-planning-join-us-on-friday-april.html … #ccourses

papahazama: Well stated and on target, again.– Ed-Tech’s Inequalities –

Well stated and on target, again.– Ed-Tech’s Inequalities –http://ln.is/hackeducation.com/20/76hXs … #hackeducation #ccourses

Our online course design process and evaluating with the QM Rubric

Last week our OLTAK team was focused on completing our online course design for teachers in the Survivalcraft experience. My responsibility was to create the training module for the teachers guide to The Maze Runner experience.  Our team used a Google Hangout chat to discuss and collaborate on the course design throughout the week.  This […]

byod_news: RT Bali_Maha: Feedback please: Community-building Game Idea #…

RT Bali_Maha: Feedback please: Community-building Game Idea http://wp.me/p4yLHG-wE  #gbl #rhizo14 #rhizo15 #ccourses #dmlcommons #edtech #…

Bali_Maha: Feedback please: Community-building Game Idea

Feedback please: Community-building Game Idea http://wp.me/p4yLHG-wE  #gbl #rhizo14 #rhizo15 #ccourses #dmlcommons #edtech #highered

Lenses, Levers and Intellectual Litheness

I’d like to share a story. Recently, I was facilitating a brown bag lunch workshop within a particular department here at VCU. We’ve been working together for over a semester now, once a month, every month. It’s been great, and this group of instructors are not only receptive, but energetic and willing. I wanted to […]

tellioconnect: The Streetlight Effect and the Drama of Play and Infinite Game |

The Streetlight Effect and the Drama of Play and Infinite Game | @scoopit http://sco.lt/5Hce3d  #rhizo15 #clmooc #ccourses