Formal learning empowers the teacher. Informal Learning empowers the student.

Any of my good colleagues and friends who are doing research into college students and social/digital technology will tell you that the distinction between formal and informal learning is an important one to understand.  Small and Vorgan (2011) state that technology has ushered in “a new culture of communication—no longer dictated by time, place, or even how one looks at the moment” (Kindle Locations 1458-1459).  This liberating and democratizing force is allowing individuals to access learning and educational content with ease and in ways not previously possible.  It has also highlighted a distinction between how… Read More

5 Outcomes #PechaKucha Presentations Can Teach You

From the first ACPA PechaKucha session, to its adoption as a conference-wide event, a number of faculty have begun to utilize the presentation style as a class assignment for their students.  For a few years, I have avoided assigning this to my own students.  I thought it was just too hard.  That it required too advanced a skill set.  I’ve since changed my mind and this semester I am assigning my students a PechaKucha assignment for the first time.  As I reflected, I realized there were just too many positive outcomes associated with the… Read More

Experiment Using Social Media in the Classroom (After The Article)

Twitter Bird

Last week, StudentAffairs.com published a piece I wrote entitled, An Experiment Using Twitter in Teaching a Student Affairs Practicum Course, in their Journal of Technology in Student Affairs.  (Please check it out and let me know what you think!)  In one of the later paragraphs of the piece, I wrote about my plans for teaching with social media in the future.  As many of my students will tell you, I like to try one or two new “teaching experiments” each semester.  Usually these experiments involve some kind of technology or social media… Read More

My MediaKron Experiment in E-Learning

This semester I am collaborating with one of the Boston College Higher Education faculty members, Ana Martinez Aleman, on a new technology e-learning project called “MediaKron” for her Higher Education in American Society course. MediaKron is an online multimedia platform that was developed at Boston College as a means of presenting and enhancing course content. The College received funding from the Davis Educational Foundation, and after an initial pilot of the program, it is now collaborating with other higher education institutions to develop their own projects off the platform. What is MediaKron?… Read More

Good Evening Scholars: A Teaching Observation

I had the privilege of doing a teaching observation of a colleague this semester. I always love the opportunity to learn from other’s approaches to the learning process. I thought I would share some of my reflections and observations hoping it may help you too. The instructor and I both share an approach to teaching where we attempt to reduce the barriers of authority in the teacher-student relationship. This instructor always greets her students at the start of class with a hearty “Good Evening Scholars!” Her stated reason for doing this is… Read More