A not so direct #OpenEd17 reflection: Openwrapping

I am sure this will generate some discussion/angst at #OpenEd17. Cengage embraces #OER in new product line. https://t.co/S6zEN07PKb pic.twitter.com/ZFbFHHzTZ6 — Daniel Williamson (@new_edu) October 10, 2017 With some well-warranted shaming from the Open Community, corporate textbook publishers are making a dramatic pivot away from openwashing messaging and practices toward a position of embracing and leveraging openly licensed content. Cengage just formally announced such Read More …

Correlation/Causation Assignment Idea

This tweet crossed my path, and it made me think about data, how it is interpreted and often used to support arguments it has no business supporting. Causation vs Correlation Really makes you think here!https://t.co/fhp3zQjo6F pic.twitter.com/r3uYhwi4Fl — Mark Chubb (@MarkChubb3) July 17, 2016 The whole idea is correlation does not imply causation. The connections between the two Read More …

Academic Technology Wish List (and Anti-wish List)

So I sent out a request to the Educause Instructional Technology listserv asking for their one or two most desired (or valued) classroom technologies. The feedback was considerable and also pretty unanimous. I’ll try to summarize the responses below: The #1, undisputed champion on the most desired classroom technology list is for simplistic (“one button”) network Read More …

Lifelong Learner

“I have no special talent, I am only passionately curious.”  ~ Albert Einstein I see it in social media profile taglines, conference bios, CVs and resumes. Several years ago during my graduate degree in instructional technology I was introduced to the phrase “lifelong learner.” It likely surfaced alongside an exploration of Malcolm Knowles and andragogy. The Department of Read More …

Exceptional Quality

In response to David Wiley’s “Stop Saying ‘High Quality,’” his follow-up “Being Clear on ‘High Quality’” and Jeremy Browne’s comment to that second post, I have to agree with Jeremy and his apparent hesitation to using “effective” as the loftiest goal for educational resources. Indeed, there are a wide variety of factors that could influence Read More …