Using Open Educational Resources to Support Academic Achievement in a First-year Humanities Class

Well-designed digital learning environments combine effective management strategies with collaborative learning processes (ISTE Coaching Standard 3: Digital Learning Environments). Open Educational Resources (OER) are instructional materials (such as textbooks, multimedia learning tools, and lesson plans) that can be used free of charge by instructors and … Continue readingUsing Open Educational Resources to Support Academic Achievement in a First-year Humanities Class

Collaborative Professional Development as a Key to Sustainable Technology Integration

In a recent post, I explored the way faculty behavior—specifically in the form of modeling and collaboration in the classroom that enables students to co-construct knowledge—is a primary factor in connectivist learning. Here, I would like to address the subject of how an institution can … Continue readingCollaborative Professional Development as a Key to Sustainable Technology Integration

Redesigning the Blended Synchronous Peer Review Session

Click here for a 4 min. audio clip from a synchronous peer review session involving three students who used emailed drafts and live audio/video feed via WebEx. Twenty-first century college classrooms increasingly occupy digital spaces in which digital citizenship skills such as using online technologies … Continue readingRedesigning the Blended Synchronous Peer Review Session