Supporting healthy failure in online education

Teachers are told to make learning fun. Yeah! However, there is a fair percentage of learning that includes rejection and supporting that online is hard. Educational psychologists manage to gloss over the emotional side of things and come up with statements in research jargon that a learner is adjusting mental schema according to new information. … Continue reading Supporting healthy failure in online education

Projects for transformational learning

CATPALS this year focuses on Environmental Issues and all TAMUT registered students can pick up their free copy of Allen's The Good Food Revolution at the Student Success Center-UC330. Go get it and get involved! Universities, colleges and other types of learning institutions often pursue projects that initially start as non-credit bearing activities until they … Continue reading Projects for transformational learning

Campus Pack (CP) addition for Blackboard: A usability review

I was asked to review Campus Pack (CP), a Blackboard overlay that attempts to improve on Blackboard functionality. Here are the issues I found. 1. Campus Pack lacks scent trails, or an intuitive design Intuitive design is the feeling that a device makes sense from the user perspective. Campus Pack seems to challenge the user, … Continue reading Campus Pack (CP) addition for Blackboard: A usability review

Using and abusing the GRE in graduate admissions

I preface this statement with an acknowledgement that my views here are intended to stimulate discussion at Texas A&M--Texarakana and do not apply to my feelings about the use of the GRE at other institutions. I have been asked to revisit the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) requirement for admission into the ITED program at TAMUT. … Continue reading Using and abusing the GRE in graduate admissions

Forbidden words in Instructional Technology

Expanded title might read, Why I forbid students to use certain words when they describe a design, and the list itself This week a student asked me to explain the differences among discussion boards, discussion forums, and blogs. I paused because I knew my answer was actually a blog post, and not really what a … Continue reading Forbidden words in Instructional Technology

Publishing as a graduate student & tips for submitting a manuscript for submission

I have been asked about publishing as a graduate student, and have decided to share that opinion here with some pointers. I chose the blog as opposed to elsewhere because the blog is the venue for these perspectives—not a university website, not in-class materials. These views are not the views of Texas A&M University, nor … Continue reading Publishing as a graduate student & tips for submitting a manuscript for submission