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Workshop & Research Project: “Building Community in Online Classrooms”

Workshop & Research Project: “Building Community in Online Classrooms”

This month’s gathering of T&LI’s Online and Blended Faculty Community discussed the results of a year-long research project that explored community building in online classrooms. This research project and subsequent workshop was completed by 3 undergraduate students at CI – Kellie Prather, Brandon Burns, and Maia Smidt – alongside their faculty mentor, Jacob Jenkins. The project […]

Digital or Die – Building our Academic Digital Identity

Digital or Die – Building our Academic Digital Identity

As a “young” researcher, I have been struggling for months with the concept of Digital Identity (DI). Digital Identity has been defined simply as “the permanent collection of data about us that is available online” by BinaryTattoo. Up to the mid 90’s, pre-Internet days, academics built their scholarly identities via publications, conference presentations, workshops, etc. […]

Zoom – Boom – Whose Room? A User’s Perspective*

Zoom – Boom – Whose Room? A User’s Perspective*

If you are of a certain age (like me) you have probably been around long enough to experience different iterations of the “ultimate teleconference system”…remember Polycom, Google Hangouts, Skype, JoinMe, Collaborate, GoToMeeting… they have all come and (somehow) gone. Until Star Trek’s transporter becomes a reality, my more recent experience using and playing around with […]

Online Learning is a Two Way Street!

Online Learning is a Two Way Street!

The Setting: Fully asynchronous online class – Principles of Marketing – Winter, 2015 The Assignment: A course-long project in which the students working in teams had to write a comprehensive Marketing Plan for a new product idea or for an existing product targeted to a new audience. Nothing it is really revolutionary till here. The use […]

Virtual Reality & Online Teaching: Are we coming full circle?

Virtual Reality & Online Teaching: Are we coming full circle?

vir-tu-al re-al-i-ty (noun) technology that replicates an environment that simulates physical presence in places in the real world or imagines worlds and let the user interact in that world.  A few weeks ago, I came across an interesting article* about Virtual Reality (VR) and Facebook’s purchase of Oculus Thirst, maker of the soon to be first consumer […]

The Unplugged Professor

The Unplugged Professor

   On any given week, in my “traditional” face-to-face classes I use the computer available in the classroom and many digital tools: Google Docs to facilitate class discussions, readings  and analysis done by students; the criticized PowerPoint; Voice Thread; YouTube videos; CD player or the Internet to find relevant data. The class is usually fluid, […]

ONLINE TEACHING: OVERCOMING LONELINESS

ONLINE TEACHING: OVERCOMING LONELINESS

  As I take some time to look back and reflect on my online teaching experience, I can’t avoid the feeling that, while it has been transformative in profoundly positive ways, it has been, frankly, lonely at times. We, as traditional face-to-face classroom instructors, have taken different paths to our teaching: an early vocation or […]

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