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Remembering to Be Learners

Sean Morris - April 14, 2015 12:11 pm MDT
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If You Can’t Change Higher Ed Overnight, Change Your Classroom. Here’s How!
The following article was published on HASTAC on April 18, 2015. We’ve chosen to repost it here because of its…
Remembering to Be Learners
On June 16, 2015 at InstructureCon in Park City, UT, Instructure will host its first unconference focused on student-centered learning.…
Bridging the Gap: Technology-enhanced Teaching in Higher Ed and Corporate
Back when I was actively working as an instructional designer in higher ed, I didn’t think much about the field…
Student Centered Learning: Exploring Deep Structure
I was teaching a college preparatory Pre-Calculus class to twenty students who were mostly seniors. Early in the year I…
Innovation through Reflection: a Call for Teachers
“Didn’t we have bigger dreams for instructional technology?” ~ Phil Hill at ITC 2015 It is a truism that learning…
Student Agency in Canvas Groups
College students want opportunities to practice being professionals, but they infrequently have those opportunities because so much of their lives…
Learning beyond the Course
This piece was previously published at Educating Modern Learners in September 2014. A lot of the most valuable learning that…
Clippy’s Ghost: Teaching from the Margins
A long time ago, when many of us had to dial up their Internet providers, Microsoft granted us a companion.…
Advice from a Luddite
I’ve never asked my students to use an abacus. David Schwartz, via his book, G is for Googol, informs me…
CFP: Student-Centered Learning
“Give the pupils something to do, not something to learn; and the doing is of such a nature as to…
Complexity and Depth in Course Design
In January, 2015, the Research and Education department at Instructure released an infographic entitled, “Complexity and Depth in Course Design”.…
On Not Silencing Students: A Pedagogical How-to
Why do students submit writing to their teachers? Many writing-intensive courses at all levels of education center on student-created, teacher-graded…
Structure is Not Sacrosanct:  A Pedagogical How-to
What does a student-centered classroom look like?  In recent years this question has gone from a fringe conversation amongst scholars…
#iNACOL14: Blended Learning, and the Talk at the Table
Big speeches about revolution and leadership and sweeping change do not have analogues in the classroom. #iNACOL14 — Sean Michael…
Rhetoric of Design: A Pedagogical How-to
The word ‘rhetoric’ has a bad reputation. When most people use it, they use it negatively: “That company just spews…
ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology, 2014
In October 2014, the Educause Center for Analysis and Research published the “ECAR Study of Undergraduate Students and Information Technology”.…
Wired for Collaboration
Beth Sanders and Pernille Ripp, along with countless other teachers from around the world, are “connected educators.” Beth uses digital…
Digital Pedagogy: A Case of Open or Shut
Recently, there has been some lively debate online about whether devices like laptops, tablets, or phones should be allowed in…
Lossless Learning: an Interview with Jared Stein
The following is an excerpt of an interview with Jared Stein, Vice President of Research and Education at Instructure, the…
Syllabus as Manifesto: A Critical Approach to Classroom Culture
Syllabi that reflect the mundane, bureaucratic requirements of the University are at risk of setting an equally banal classroom atmosphere.…
Professional Practice
As the beginning of the academic year approaches, I start rehearsing the inevitable conversations I will have with faculty. In…