August 11, 2014 § 2 Comments
Today, I’m kicking off the Digital Pedagogy Institute: Digital Pedagogy and the Undergraduate Experience, with a Minecraft-themed talk entitled “Big Ideas in Digital Pedagogy”.
Digital pedagogy is here; it’s just unevenly distributed–at least in the world of colleges and universities. What would higher education look like if we designed not only individual learning experiences but also an entire curriculum to mirror and prepare students for life and work in a globally networked world? How could the convergence of new digital scholarly tools and methodologies, new delivery mediums, and digitally networked culture transform higher education? This session will situate the development of digital pedagogy in the current discourse about higher education–including calls for quality, completion, jobs, and access–offer a vision for transformative digital pedagogy, suggest both barriers to and strategies for achieving that vision, and engage participants in a thought experiment to design an integrated curriculum articulated by digital pedagogy.
June 27, 2014 § 1 Comment
This morning I’m speaking at the 18th Annual NAC&U Summer Institute, “Creating Community Through Collaboration,” at the University of Redlands. My talk focuses on intercampus academic collaboration and is called, “Networking Students, Faculty, and Courses to Enhance the Curriculum at Liberal Arts Colleges.” « Read the rest of this entry »
May 16, 2014 § Leave a comment
April 29, 2014 § 4 Comments
This morning I found an email in my inbox inviting me to become a translator of MOOCs by joining the Coursera-sponsored Global Translator Community. I find this announcement interesting in its implications for MOOC community, crowdsourcing, applied learning opportunities, and global learning. « Read the rest of this entry »
April 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
In January I shared how I make the most of my commute by having VoiceOver read books and articles to me: Apps for the Commuter. I’m attending an Apple Leadership event at Apple headquarters in Cupertino today, and I just found out a better way to use VoiceOver. I’ve always thought I had to turn it on and have it on for everything. It turns out there is a shortcut that makes it easier to turn on and off on the fly. Here are the directions. « Read the rest of this entry »
March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
Last October, during Open Access Week, I participated in a stimulating panel as part of the “2013–14 Tanner Talks: Information and Access: Sharing Knowledge Across Virtual Communities” at Utah State University on Wednesday, October 23, 2013. Here is the description:
Peter Binfield (physicist & publisher of PeerJ, an open-access journal), Rebecca Frost Davis (an expert on digital humanities at St. Edward’s University) and Adam Moore (an expert on information ethics at University of Washington) will discuss the terms, the movements, and the philosophical impetus for and potential shortcomings of higher education as it becomes “digital” and “open.” The 2013–14 Tanner Talks, a series of cross-disciplinary events focusing on the theme “Knowledge and Community,” are a presentation of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.
My role on the panel was to address Digital Humanities and Open Access. I was asked to prepare answers to these questions in advance:
- What are the benefits and costs of open access and increasing digitization of academic work?
- What is the relationship between Digital Humanities and open access?
- How is the Digital Humanities movement changing scholarship and teaching?
The video for this panel is available online as a video podcast from Utah State University.
For those who watch the video–my notes were on my iPhone. I wasn’t texting or checking email throughout the panel.
My experience in this panel led me to better articulate for myself what I’ve been discussing in subsequent talks as the change in the knowledge economy from a model of scarcity to one of abundance and the challenges of adjusting to that change, especially as they relate to scholarship and other academic practices.
February 6, 2014 § Leave a comment
Today, I am delivering a talk at Whittier College called, “Digital Pedagogy in the Liberal Arts: Models, Keywords, and Prototypes”.
Slides are here:
Scroll down for references and links to models:
January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
January 22, 2014 § Leave a comment
This afternoon I’m teaching a workshop called “Using Disruption to Stay on Course (for Liberal Education)” at the annual meeting of the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U). I’ve posted materials for this workshop to my blog, linked from the page called Using Disruption. My basic premise for the workshop is that, although technological changes are disrupting higher education, colleges and universities can find ways to adapt these disruptions to the service of liberal education. In the workshop I’ll share some models of colleges who have done just that, ask the participants to reflect on disruption at their own campus, set up breakout discussions of individual disruptions in the context of liberal education, and then we’ll work as a group to develop some recommendations. « Read the rest of this entry »
January 14, 2014 § Leave a comment
Last week, Profhacker’s Open Thread Wednesday asked about our favorite mobile apps. The text of my response is below, with the addition of links:
I have to give a shout out not to an app but to some built in functionality in iPads and iPhones. My commute can be up to an hour, and since public transportation is not an option that means all driving and no reading.
I find VoiceOver–one of the accessibility features on the iPad and iPhone–to be invaluable. Here’s how I include it in my workflow. During breakfast, I read RSS feeds using Mr. Reader on my iPad. (I love this app because I can send articles to Instapaper, Diigo, twitter, etc.). I send the articles I want to read later to Instapaper and make sure they download before I leave the house. (I only have wireless on my iPad, so no downloads on the road.) In the garage, I open Instapaper and ask Siri to turn on VoiceOver. Then I start my iPad reading and listen to the morning’s news while I drive. When I arrive on campus, Siri is once again working on the campus wireless network, so I have her turn off VoiceOver.
You can also turn VoiceOver on and off using the menu, but when it is on it takes more clicks. You can find the feature under Settings > Accessibility > VoiceOver. You can also set the speed of the voice here. I find I have to keep mine closer to the tortoise and the hare so I can follow the text while I am driving. Be aware that touch gestures may be different in this mode. For example, you must click to select, then double click to open items. Scrolling is also different.
Alternatively, I have used Voiceover to read books in the kindle app. I found that I could do one chapter of Hirsch’s Digital Humanities Pedagogy per drive, and I could almost hear Lisa Spiro or Tanya Clement talking as their works were read to me. I also used VoiceOver when riding in an airport shuttle when reading made me queasy.
Using my iPad for this reading means that my iPhone is still free for other uses, like checking traffic on the maps app during traffic jams. I find this type of reading useful for texts I want to familiarize myself with but which I don’t need to go in depth. Since I’ve also saved them to diigo, I can always go back to them when I need to read deeper. VoiceOver works better on connected prose because if you miss a word, you can usually get the meaning by context. Finally, I had to slow the pace of the voice down to make sure I caught everything.