We can sometimes be at a loss for words. But being dumbstruck by life is not good enough. If we consider the potential situations have, we all can use the physical world of drawing and sketching to help move past … Continue reading →
When I thought about the reasons for teaching, learning, and working; I came to a surprising self discovery. All of my “whys” grows from my love for science. The attention to detail, diamond-like shapes of protein crystals (see above), the beauty of single molecules, and rhythm of biological processes. But the esthetics is not why […]
Randy Bass points out in Disrupting Ourselves the problem inherent in demanding from students that they speak from a position of authority that we (the academy) have yet to grant them. This is an especially interesting dilemma in the freshman composition classroom, that strange and nebulous course through which students of all disciplines have the dubious benefit of being filtered through, and a course from which I earn my paycheck. The word ethosgets tossed around more than a bit in my class, most often as an abstract mantle we’re meant to put on when we sit down to write. And if that’s my students’ starting point—disguising oneself with authority—the only effective end result is to assert and to convince.
The gamers’ natural habitat today is online. Games are played online, some games only exist there, and discussion groups are active. No wonder connected learning has taken an interest in gamers. My interest in gamers, online communities, and exposure to Starcraft as a spectator, led me to the report on Connected Learning in Starcraft II […]
Hey so it’s Ken here! Just one thing before we start up in the next couple of weeks with connected courses. So the connect courses has a mindset that I believe will be critical to the overall success of what … Continue reading →
Building academic community for graduate students has been a goal of the Virginia Tech Graduate School since at least 2002. Universities traditionally have fostered a sense of community for the undergraduate experience but often left the graduate student experience in … Continue reading →