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Analytic Futures

Futures Scenario: An Office of Academic Assessment Report from 2020   Our understanding of meaningful measures of learning transformed rapidly in the years following the Learning Technology Task Force work conducted in early 2011. This led to advances in pedagogy … 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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2020 Learning Outcomes

All VT graduates should achieve broad learning outcomes that support the evolution of careers and citizenry in the 21st century that are integrated with their disciplinary (and related multi- /cross- /trans-disciplinary) knowledge acquisition/production; these would, at a minimum include: critically … Continue reading

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Virginia Tech’s Mission

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University is a public land-grant university serving the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world community. The discovery and dissemination of new knowledge are central to its mission. Through its focus on teaching and … 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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Smart Assessment & Learning Analytics

Imagine this as a university campus. Imagine this is what we could do with our data. Can we build this at VT? Can we foster an interdisciplinary “meeting of the minds”: instructional design, learning technologies, brain science, education, psychology, computer … Continue reading

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Learners and Agency

“Are we teaching in a way that is going to create the types of students who can harness and leverage this new media environment, or are we failing our students?” –Dr. Michael Wesch, Associate Professor of Cultural Anthropology, Kansas State … Continue reading

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Invent The Future

The will to learn in an intrinsic motive, one that finds both its source and its reward in its own exercise. The will to learn becomes a “problem” only under specialized circumstances like those of a school, where a curriculum … Continue reading

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Visions Of The Possible

Many grand challenges and extraordinary opportunities have already emerged in the digital age. Many more are on the way. All of these challenges will involve computers. All will involve learning. All will involve collaboration. And as the diagram below indicates, … Continue reading

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