Stochastic designs and stochastic learning objectives

Detail from Jackson Pollock's No. 8, where the artist harnesses the stochastic nature of drips to accomplish an esthetic. The mantra is create the context, the product will come. We need more accurate terminology to describe the instructional strategies we employ in our designs. The term learning objective is far too vague to be of … Continue reading Stochastic designs and stochastic learning objectives

Strategizing Project Management in Academic Settings

A Gannt chart is an excellent tool for organizing group research, but a research strategy needs a little more. Check out http://www.trainingable.com/free-download-excel-gantt-chart-templates/ or some free Gannt Charts. Getting stuck is a project's worst enemy. Academic settings have a knack for producing the endless project that never comes to fruition. Research groups and design groups a … Continue reading Strategizing Project Management in Academic Settings

Deconstructing the PhD Program of Study (POS) in Learning, Design & Technology

Craig and advanced PhD candidate Khosi Lunga (mlunga@utk.edu) collaboratively wrote this blog post. A PhD program of study (POS) seems cryptic and confusing until you take it apart. Each section has a purpose. Khosi Lunga and I have annotated this one to explain the parts. The image is linked and clickable.  Like many things in … Continue reading Deconstructing the PhD Program of Study (POS) in Learning, Design & Technology

Deliberate Design Decisions in Higher Ed Online Teaching

Erin’s assignment contains dozens of deliberated pedagogical decisions. I highlighted 8 of them but could have found more. In coaching instructors, I've noticed that when decisions like these are made deliberately as she has done so here, the experience of online teaching becomes enjoyable. In an inter-university discussion group that was spawned, and is coordinated … Continue reading Deliberate Design Decisions in Higher Ed Online Teaching

The work of a Faculty Fellow for Technology Enhanced Teaching during COVID-19

A surprising amount of the consulting I did as a Faculty Fellow revolved not around technology per se, but rather around setting up the physical space to teach online. Many did not have dedicated space, as I didn't when I stated teaching online. On the right is my first home office set up to teach … Continue reading The work of a Faculty Fellow for Technology Enhanced Teaching during COVID-19

Quick Emergency Checklist for Synchronous Online Teaching

Written with John Kennedy, IT Online student and coordinator of UTK's Office of Student Media. This post was an emergency post for COVID-19 transition to online learning. It's kept as a tool for anyone making a sudden transition to synchronous learning. The 5-minute illustration to the right identifies the blog post. Illustrations don't need to … Continue reading Quick Emergency Checklist for Synchronous Online Teaching

Getting started teaching online as a new adjunct

January solitude, right before classes start when you've been suddenly handed a new section. Art by 愛怜夏, age 8. Cut construction paper, crayon, and acrylic white paint on a cotton swab (Q-tip). Often we find faculty must pick up a class on short notice. If you're coming into a new school, one might wish they … Continue reading Getting started teaching online as a new adjunct