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“Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein



  • You either love a good dichotomy or you don’t.

    This is about online learning, mostly in higher education. Especially in the wake of the UVA fiasco, I’ve been pondering online learning and the term “MOOC” (massively open online course), which I believe has been co-opted from folks like George Siemens, Dave Cormier, and Steven Downes. Those guys taught the Connectivism MOOC in 2008 and, […]

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  • Learn with me this summer?!?!

    I’m pleased and excited to announce that the VCU School of Education is running our first Emerging Technologies Institute this summer. It’s a fully online professional development program for educators. There are six courses available to educators, and each can be taken for university credit and/or for recertification points (non-credit). You can obtain details about […]

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  • A hypothetical letter to the principal

    Let me see if I can make the argument I make in my last post a little more viable through the use of a hypothetical. This is a common technique in legal training to learn to flesh out the issues. So, imagine a principal gets an email like the one below (click on the image […]

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  • Twitter, professional identity, and the 1st Amendment

    On Sunday (Easter) morning, I noticed a bunch of public school educators who I follow posting religious material on Twitter. The posts ranged from a simple “He is risen!” to longer passages from the Bible to links to live streams of religious ceremonies. In response, here’s what I posted: That was a not-so-subtle nod to […]

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  • A second request for help

    This is a follow-up plea. In my previous post, I asked you to consider helping my dissertation advisee, Mr. John Andrews, by completing a survey for his dissertation. The study is about educators’ use of social media and the First Amendment. We have received approval from the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) to […]

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