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Comment on The home stretch.. by amyhogan

LOVE, love, LOVE that TED talk… Curiosity/Questions, “Mess,” Reflection… all things I’ve enjoyed embracing this semester and that have reminded me what to focus more on as a leader, facilitator and coach. Thanks for sharing, and for your insightful reflection…!

Comment on The Purpose of University Education by amyhogan

I’m right there with you – In my own words, I’d say higher education at its best serves the purpose of enabling people in their quest to become productive contributors to society. I don’t think higher ed is the only vehicle that plays a role in that. And I think the ways in which people may productively contribute are myriad. And being a productive contributor happens “best” when you know yourself, pursue your passions, understand the systems of the world (especially if you seek to change them!), and lead through service. All of which universities can support and provide outlets and resources toward…

Comment on by amyhogan

This is very interesting, and I have a strong reaction to the quotes you’ve pulled. As I’ve spend much of my career training and coaching individuals on these very types of “practical skills” – while it’s true that it’s really hard to know the true impact of learning these interpersonal skills in workshop settings (and in my opinion, coaching is more impactful), how do people really expect to built ability in the execution of these interpersonal skills if learning them through technology? Granted, the knowledge about skills, strategies, models, approaches can be gained electronically… but success is about artful execution – with another individual, where there are reactions, where we learn to read other people, reactions, outcomes, and then make adjustments. I’m not sold on online forums as the best venue for this type of learning. In fact, I think I’d segment online as most beneficial for knowledge transfer, and in-person as most beneficial for skill-building…

Comment on What a textbook could be by amyhogan

I’m glad someone brought up the notion of “textbook”… it occurs to me, after reading your intriguing post – that the future of texts could be by design a perfect balance between needs and desires of the learner and the possibilities and tenets of the field of study…?
This seminar has created my first experience in a long time with a text book. I have to admit that I set that text on my coffee table at home the evening of the first seminar meeting, and it has not moved from there since. A large part of my modus operandi for required reading is convenience. So I’m going to read when and where I discover some uninterrupted opportunity… and am NOT going to lug the book around with me everywhere. I’ve found every reading assigned available as a PDF online, and I read on my iPad. I’ve even discovered a great app for PDF annotation, so I can now make notes, highlight, etc. The second thing important to me as a learner is easy access to additional resources… so finding these things online makes finding related resources and ideas an easy part of the process. I also have a philosophical challenge with how fixed printed texts are (related to the above, I guess)… I’d appreciate something more dynamic…

Comment on Family-ism by amyhogan

So interesting! My family has used the term “idiot lights” or “idiot light” to refer to the full suite of dashboard notification lights, or any one in particular that may be active at the time. Most often, of the low-gas or “check engine soon” variety.

A couple family-isms from my childhood, and then more recent days: “buck-chucker” or “money wall” (ATM); up until only the last year or so my youngest kids referred to our iPhones and the iPod-touch as “little iPads”.

Comment on Can we ditch the dirty looks without ditching the teachers? by amyhogan

“Where are the students learning how to work in a team? Where are they communicating their ideas?”

This is a powerful reflection, and one that I think has to remain at the center of our discussions (collectively, in higher education; specifically here at VT) about the role of online and distance education in the higher education enterprise. I haven’t gotten whacked out by the talk and concern about MOOCs and what they will mean for higher education, precisely because of your questions, above. Part of the value, differentiation and education we offer as a bricks-and-mortar institution involves grooming our future citizens. And this is about more than just the information… having spent years in human resource roles in a variety of industries and organizations, I can tell you how far we have to go in educating people on the people skills. Teamwork, collaboration, idea sharing, problem solving, navigating conflict – all key life skills, and all things that we have a great opportunity to help build through social education approaches, which are incredibly difficult to achieve merely through technology. So a blended approach seems the best fit…