Tag Archives: online learning


Choosing the right digital tool for the educational job

With so many social media platforms, so many mobile formats, and so many gaming options out there, where does an innovative online instructor begin? That was the central question I addressed this month along with a team of colleagues at a sold-out event hosted by the Research Triangle Area chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. My […]

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The digital assignment: 4 tips from NMC ’12 to get students more engaged

“I hate being educated, but I love to learn.” Joichi Ito, Director of MIT’s Media Lab, had plenty of memorable statements from his keynote during last month’s New Media Consortium Summer Conference. But that quote was the one that seemed to resonate among conference attendees tweeting and sharing their observations. And why not? It’s a […]


Make Facebook Your Friend: expanding the classroom with social media

Like it or not, 95 percent of college students use Facebook, usually for several hours each week. More than half use Twitter. You can resist that trend, banning laptops in class. But why not leverage the force of social media for educational good? That’s the central question I posed to higher education faculty and technology […]

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Professional development online: benefits and drawbacks

Every two years, thenumber of transistors on a computer chip doubles. This trend has roughly held true for the past 50 years and is expected to continue for decades. It even has a name in computer science circles: Moore’s Law, coined by the Intel co-founder who predicted this staggering rate of innovation in the size, […]


3 tips for turning class lectures into educational videos

Seated in class, students are a captive audience. Lectures can last the entire class period, travel down any number of tangents, and go without visual aids. You might put students to sleep, but they aren’t leaving the room. Don’t even try that online. The Internet’s endless possibilities also mean endless distractions, and endless diversions, for […]

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The pros and cons of using Facebook for class discussions

Good educators engage with students outside of the classroom, usually through scheduled office hours. But now there’s a simpler option for connecting with students in a virtual space most visit every day — Facebook. The ubiquitous social network has been around for quite some time now (I signed up back in 2004 when it was […]