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Learning Environments

The Skinner Box is an ideal learning environment–for certain kinds of learning: It’s safe to say that liberal learning, complex critical thinking, innovation, indeed all the higher-order thinking skills vital to the 21st century, are not well served by the … Continue reading

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“Libraries of the Future”

J. C. R. Licklider has as strong a claim as anyone to be called the inventor of the Internet–or at least the inventor whose vision and tireless evangelizing propelled the Internet into being. From his 1960 essay “Man-Computer Symbiosis” to … Continue reading

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Learning And Technology: Further Resources

1989 University Task Force Report (Digital Technology)   [slideshare id=7753307&doc=1989univ-taskforcereportdigitaltechnology-110427104639-phpapp02] 2011 Horizon Report (descriptive and predictive timetable for uses of emerging technology in higher education) 2020 Teachers 6 Top Ten Tech Trends on the Horizon for Higher Education, The Chronicle … Continue reading

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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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The Case For Change

We are living in the middle of the largest increase in expressive capability in the history of the human race. –Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody: The Power Of Organizing Without Organizations (2008) My personal view is we are observing the early … 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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Hybrid Learning: Beyond the Course and Credit Hour

Innovation framed by current structures of courses, semesters, and credit hours simply does not address either the disruptive or potentially liberatory aspects of digital technologies, either now or in 2020. Indeed, it’s likely that these current structures, scaled up on … Continue reading

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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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Computational Thinking

The computer has revolutionized every aspect of human existence, from individuals’ daily lives to the processes and organizations of nations and the world itself. Such a statement would have seemed a bold or even crackpot vision just half a century … Continue reading

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