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From Instruction Manuals to Collaborative Course Resources: The Future of E-Textbooks

What publishers typically call “eTexts” in 2011 do not radically reimagine the idea of an interactive learning resource. We need to move toward the untapped potential for course-based learning resources to foster students’ abilities to be more “knowledge-able” (to move … Continue reading

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Pedagogy, Faculty, Resources

Three primary elements for evaluating the strength of a program are pedagogy, faculty, and resources. Pedagogy is, of course, the most difficult to gauge for visitors; however, its mix of philosophy, technique, and sense of “mysticism” are the engine that drives faculty engagement … Continue reading

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Communities of Practice for Faculty and Staff

What is a community of practice? Social learning theorist Etienne Wenger is generally credited with inventing the term. Here’s his definition: Communities of practice are formed by people who engage in a process of collective learning in a shared domain … Continue reading

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“Innovation College”: A Magical Incubator for VT

MIT’s Building 20, built in 1943, was called the “Magical Incubator” because over the course of its long history it housed a range of laboratories involved in some of the most important and ground-breaking developments in science and technology, from … Continue reading

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Access and Support

Virginia Tech’s digital infrastructure will be an increasingly important part of its learning infrastructure, as the following presentation makes clear: Learning Environments from Gardner Campbell  

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The Case For Digital Citizenship

To understand is to invent. –Jean Piaget We rightly think of citizenship in terms of nations, but there’s a deeper meaning that’s especially important in our interconnected, global, digital world. The citizen is the one who enjoys the privileges and … Continue reading

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Awakening The Digital Imagination

[Education] ought to teach and reward initiative, curiosity, the habit of self-motivation, intellectual involvement…. Educators and computer enthusiasts tend to agree on these goals. But what happens? Many of the inhumanities of the existing system, no less wrong for being … Continue reading

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