7 days ago
I encountered a great book by Curtis J. Bonk and Elaine Khoo titled Adding Some TEC-VARIETY: 100+ Activities for Motivating and Retaining Learners Online. This book proposes the following framework for educational technology design in order to engage learners in proactive knowledge acquisition and application:1. Tone/Climate: Psychological Safety, Comfort, Sense of Belonging 2. Encouragement: Feedback, Responsiveness, Praise, Supports 3. Curiosity: Sur...
17 days ago
The United Arab Emirates has announced plans to construct the largest Mars simulation in the desert near Dubai.  This is part of a larger plan called Mars 2117 whic...
20 days ago
As some of you know, yesterday (11/3) I presented my research and development works on video-based learning (including Vialogues) to a group of audience at United Nations. By the time I started presenting there were about 60 participants from all over the world, who I believe are people from the UN human resource departments of their various headquarters interested in using video for professional development.I am sharing the link to my presentation, which will have a permanent web archive:http://go.tc.edu/zhou...
a month ago
A bold title? Not when you're talking about the Smith Learning Theater. In Gary's words, it "underscores our commitment to producing unconventionally collaborative, custom-designed, authentic learning experiences that are playful, valuable, and inspiring."With our Grand Opening this week, join us for An Out-of-this-World Learning Theater Experience—2PM Monday, Tuesday, and Friday....
3 months ago
Have you wondered how to become more creative? Or simply, to capture the creative insights that you have but that seem to subside in your thinking before you can develop them and act on them? David Kadavy provides a use useful discussion of ways to manage time and activities to take advantage of the stages of the...
5 months ago
Now that we have covered "Good" - If you are truly wondering how to become great at something, take a lesson from Tom Brady who is spending his summer working with his receivers.
5 months ago
At our seminar this Wednesday we will begin the 2017 performance review process.  Please be sure to bring the following to the seminar:1 - your copy of Good People that we will use for a discussion activity2 - your edlab website bio, or an excerpt from that bio that we will use for the first part of the performance review3 - your latest reflections on what it means to be "the fullest version of yourself"
5 months ago
In Chapter 13 Tjan stresses the Good People Mantra and suggests committing to having a positive impact on the lives of 10 other people.  In our setting the focus can be on committing to having a positive impact on one another and the students and faculty of the college. If we commit to helping others become the fullest version of themselves, then we will be living and working in an environment where those around us are committed to helping us become the fullest versions of ourselves.  This seems both powerful in its potential impact and challenging to...
5 months ago
In Chapter 12 Tjan takes up the challenge of making judgments about people, presumably so that we can become better at selecting the "right" people to join our efforts or organizations.  I will get to the specific tools and techniques that Tjan advocates shortly, but I want to start with some more basic obervations and assumptions.First, there is something a bit more complicated about the notion of judging other people that needs examination.  In most cases we are judging other people in reference to something that we ourselves are doing (e.g., taking a mate, p...
5 months ago
Will the 1 billion additional dollars promised by Governor Cuomo change life for subway riders anytime soon? According to this piece in Wired the outlook is not promising. There are various explanations for the plight of the subway from insufficient funding to poor organization, but perhaps the most provocative one is lack of visio...