The Story of Greg… His Smartphone… And What It Means For College Student Evolution

On his way to class, Greg accomplishes many things.  Buried in his smartphone, he dodges fellow students, almost trips up a set of stairs, and ducks a low tree lying tree branch (remember that next time).  During his ten minute walk, Greg is listening to a TED talk by Sir Ken Robinson discussing how contemporary schools kill student creativity.  The irony of this is not lost on him as he rushes off to class in the largest lecture hall on campus.  Subvert the system from the inside! He checks the news.  It is… Read More

Switching Your Digital Student Marketing to Digital Student Engagement

David Armano put together this great graphic that sums up one of the main messages I give to college departments trying to ramp up their social media presences.  Social media don’t have to be just a replacement for the flier.  It can be such more.  (And should be.)  Rather than thinking of social media as another broadcast network, it’s better to conceive of it as an engagement platform.  At left, we have our traditional methods of student advertising… where the engagement typically occurs at an offline event and the marketing serves to get them… Read More

Checklist: Selecting Technology for Learning [REBLOG]

Originally posted on techKNOWtools:
With so many possibilities for digital learning, selecting media and technologies for appropriate course instruction is a very complex process. Although there are a wide range of options in the ed tech realm, pedagogical considerations should always come first. Instructors should reflect on the learning objective and desired outcomes for their subject matter before identifying identifying technological applications for the course. The SECTIONS model, developed by Tony Bates (2015), is a pedagogical framework for determining what technology, specifically how this technology will be appropriate for instructional approaches. This might include identifying and determining…

Beyond the Grade: Digital Badges to Certify Learning

Grades are not the only way of assessing student work. There are a number of colleges and universities that have experimented with alternative approaches to the traditional letter grade. One such college, Reed College in Oregon, provides students with more detailed feedback and assessment in addition to grades. As stated in their Guidebook, “Students’ work is closely observed and frequently evaluated by instructors; the student and adviser then discuss these evaluations in individual conferences” (Reed College, n.d., para 2). Grades are de-emphasized. More qualitative, active feedback and discussion is promoted. As the… Read More

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