All Posts by @StephJBlackmon

Faculty Development

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I want to take a moment to emphasize the value of faculty development in an open environment.  Both OpenLearning17 and OpenLearning18 provided opportunities to explore open pedagogy “in the open.” They also created a space for connecting with other faculty members and administrators with an interest in open education. I value my time in both […]
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Constant Consideration

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Photo from pixabay.com This week in OpenLearning18, I was reminded of how important it is to clearly indicate the meaning of “open.” I was also reminded that if open education and OERs are truly going to be transformative, then we must also continue to ask ourselves some important questions—what does it take to make courses […]
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EdTech Nomad 2018-02-09 15:27:07

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  What am I looking forward to for OpenLearning18? Connections and conversations! These OpenLearning experiences are designed for network expansion, so participants can connect with each other and see their networks expand (Twitter followers, synched blogs and such). The connections provide opportunities to engage in critical conversations about open education: open in what way, open […]
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OpenLearning18

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I am so excited about OpenLearning18! There will be numerous opportunities to create and extend networks around open education, and this pre-cMOOC week is just the beginning of that process. There’s even a Twitter chat planned for this Thursday, 12-12:30 p.m.! Advertisements
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Musings on Chp. 1

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In Chapter 1 of Open & Integrative, Bass and Eynon note that many students are entering higher education with “uneven academic preparation,” with some of the students coming from “dysfunctional school systems” or other challenging circumstances. They go on to discuss the boon liberal education would be to those students with its emphasis on “critical … <a href="https://edtechnomad.wordpress.com/2017/04/10/musings-on-chp-1/">Continue reading <span>Musings on Chp. 1</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=edtechnomad.wordpress.com&blog=122669874&post=110&subd=edtechnomad&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
In Chapter 1 of Open & Integrative, Bass and Eynon note that many students are entering higher education with “uneven academic preparation,” with some of the students coming from “dysfunctional school systems” or other challenging circumstances. They go on to discuss the boon liberal education would be to those students with its emphasis on “critical […]
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Internet Access

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  *This photo and previous blog photos are from pixabay.com Although Vikki Katz’s blog post on digital equity discussed Internet access for K-12 students, her work led me to ask questions about Internet access in higher education settings. Do most instructors know how their students access the Internet to complete assignments? Do they provide surveys […]
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There’s a MOOC for That (Maybe)!

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I really enjoyed the NMC video on digital literacy (University of Mary Washington panel participant mentioned digital fluency). The video led me to ask–where can faculty members go for professional development on digital literacy (or digital fluency)? Maybe there is a MOOC for that—one that can discuss digital literacy in the context of our current … <a href="https://edtechnomad.wordpress.com/2017/02/24/theres-a-mooc-for-that-maybe/">Continue reading <span>There’s a MOOC for That (Maybe)!</span></a><img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=edtechnomad.wordpress.com&blog=122669874&post=97&subd=edtechnomad&ref=&feed=1" width="1" height="1">
I really enjoyed the NMC video on digital literacy (University of Mary Washington panel participant mentioned digital fluency). The video led me to ask–where can faculty members go for professional development on digital literacy (or digital fluency)? Maybe there is a MOOC for that—one that can discuss digital literacy in the context of our current […]
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Nelson & Imagination

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When I was a little girl, nap time was a crucial part of the early school experience. Little children, after all, needed their rest. On one occasion, however, a friend and I were right in the middle of building an amusement park with blocks. We moved our small hands as delicately, but swiftly, as possible, […]
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A Few Thoughts on Nelson

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Point 1 The text mentions the annoyance of fake interactions, like a toll booth with a “Thank You” sign in lights (Nelson). However, I rather like the automatic “thank you” programmed into various machines—or the automated voice that tells you to have a nice day on a phone call. There are some people who could learn a […]
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Is the Internet Your Griot?

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“His excursions may be more enjoyable if he can reacquire the privilege of forgetting the manifold things he does not need to have immediately at hand, with some assurance that he can find them again if they prove important.” —from “As We May Think” by Vannevar Bush The time is upon us! We can offload […]
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