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"Why Are You Leaving Your Job?"
Submitted by Brian Hughes on Wed, 2015-05-06 20:53

As a continuation of my popular blog series on finding a new job (more here, here, and here) , I want to discuss a new article on The Muse: 4 Better Ways to Answer "Why Are You Leaving Your Job?"

Wow, what a great article! There are smart ways outlined here to discuss very difficult topics. From the perspective of an interviewer (a role which I feel lucky to have undertaken once or twice), I think these examples of potential answers are spot-on.

That said, the least good response IMHO is the suggestion to the fourth point ("Your Job Is Just Generally Crappy"). Instead of going down this path of "I neglected to learn..," I think a better strategy in many cases would be to just highlight the differences between your current and potential job.

ET4Online - Learning Theater share out
Submitted by Brian Hughes on Thu, 2015-04-23 18:47

We had a nice group for our session today – 12 attendees in all (almost enough participants to continue our Learning Theater Design Event tradition!) whom Hui Soo craftily divided into three groups of four for our group work component.

Gary began the presentation with an overview of our goals for the learning theater with an emphasis of "mapping" digital learning back into physical space. Hui Soo prompted participants to imagine ambitious ways to use the theater, and I discussed our current design strategy for all audio/visual components.

Participants raised some great questions about how we planned to facilitate use of such a robust (e.g., complex and flexible!) space... they echoed our design concerns about the pedagogical value of technology, but they responded positively to the idea of using the space in experimental and audacious ways.

Hui Soo and Gary and headed back, and I am finishing up the day here and heading back in the morning.

A Learning Theater MagicBand?
Submitted by Brian Hughes on Sat, 2015-04-04 16:20

Hey, I'd like a little magic in the theater! On a related note: nothing bad should ever happen in the theater.

Helpouts at mSchool?
Submitted by Brian Hughes on Tue, 2015-03-31 09:21

The news about Google Helpouts shutting down this month caught my attention. Here's an online learning community connected to one of the world's largest social networks (Google+) that couldn't stay open for business—"it couldn't grow fast enough" for Google to justify its continued existence.

You might say, "wait, if Google can't do it, how can EdLab?" But that's the wrong lesson—instead, I prefer to think of it as a tech giant over-reaching into the education marketplace. As of April 20th, mSchool has one less competitor.

But what else can we learn? There are all kind of interesting aspects of Helpouts, not the least of which is the personable, face-to-face element driven by Google Hangouts technology. Perhaps this sort of "synchronous" experience is out of place in the vast marketplace of online learning? Your thoughts?

Apple's ResearchKit will be Open Source
Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 2015-03-09 13:30

So, what shall we do with it?

Link to Apple Live notes

22 ideas win Knight News Challenge: Libraries
Submitted by Brian Hughes on Sat, 2015-01-31 09:29

This short video is culled from library-related project proposals that garnered funding from the Knight Foundation:

See funding amounts in the article.

Are any of these ideas useful here at TC? I wonder if the "activating public libraries" idea about hosting students in the same online courses could be valuable. (Perhaps a good match for our cafe space.)

Im also intrigued by the measure the future code for our data dashboard project.

How would you invest?

Murals reception this Wednesday, 6-7pm
Submitted by Brian Hughes on Mon, 2015-01-12 11:00

Hi all, please join us for a reception with high school students and project partners from Creative Art Works and CU's School of the Arts this Wednesday at 6pm in the 3rd floor gallery. (There will be snacks and libations.)

There will be a short program with speakers from Murals participants at 6:30pm. See more about the show here.