New America Foundation Event in DC: Community College Online

On February 17th, the New America Foundation’s Education Policy Program will host an event that will focus on the use of information technology at community colleges. The event will occur in conjunction with the release of a new report by New America, Community College Online, which features case studies of how community colleges are harnessing technology to improve remediation, student services, […]

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The Digital Revolution Will Be Livestreamed

The Textbook Costs and Digital Learning Resources (TCDLR) Committee released this final report a few weeks ago at the last meeting of the Reengineering Task Force. I co-chaired the committee with the wonderful Dr. Mark Estepp, President of Southwest Virginia Community College. The committee was charged with the following tasks: examine VCCS administrative practices and policies that unnecessarily add to the cost […]

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#thoughtvectors

Today, VCU launched a brand-spanking new MOOC-ish thing, Thought Vectors in Concept Space. The official name is UNIV 200: Inquiry and the Craft of Argument. I am using this blog as my platform for my participation in the course which, if you are not a VCU students who is formally enrolled, is totally free. Totes. So, if  “Take a MOOC” is on your bucket […]

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News: NMC offering free mini-courses for educators in STEM fields

From the New Media Consortium: The rebranded NMC Academy launched publicly today, a not-for-profit hub for education-related professional development. The mission of the project from its inception has been to provide busy teachers and other learning professionals with the opportunity to expand their knowledge and skills online, to explore new ways of delivering online learning, and to generally push the […]

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Disruptive technology discussion at the 2013 Chancellor’s Retreat

Yesterday  I was given yet another opportunity to moderate another technology-related panel for VCCS’s Chancellor’s Annual Retreat. Last year, David Wiley, Jim Groom, Nicole Allen, and Mirta Martin joined a panel to discuss OER. That single event helped accelerate the VCCS’s OER efforts, with Tidewater Community College Academic Vice President Dr. Daniel DeMarte launching the Open@TCC textbook zero project after attending […]

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Get a free domain from Reclaim while they remain

If you don’t know about the University of Mary Washington’s A Domain of One’s Own project, get thee to this Wired article from July of 2012,  this Tech Therapy podcast on the Chronicle site, or go straight to the source at UMW’s  http://umwdomains.com/ to find out more. UMW’s IT crew–Tim Owens, Jim Groom, and the rest–are true technology innovators: starting this Fall, […]

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VCU Online Learning Summit 2013

If you are in the Richmond area on May 14th, or want to justify a spring trip to our fair capitol city, you may want to consider attending the Online Learning Summit at Virginia Commonwealth University. Seasoned keynoter Gardner Campbell will be headlining. There is no opening band or cover charge. That’s right: it’s free. If you haven’t seen or […]

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VCCS students & technology: ECAR survey results

Last year, the VCCS participated in the Educause Center for Applied Research (ECAR) Survey of Undergraduates and Information Technology in order to begin to get a better idea of VCCS students’ average ownership of,  comfort levels using, and attitudes toward digital learning technologies. This ECAR survey is a national survey, but last year was the first time community colleges were included. […]

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