Education in the Age of the Technologist

This video presentation was originally given at Bar Camp Orlando 2015 on April 18, 2015. Why do some technology solutions seem to work in education while others don’t? Where are MOOCs missing the mark? Education in the Age of the … Continue reading Education in the Age of the Technologist

The Unfortunate Consequence of Ignoring Small Group & Classroom Dynamics

My girlfriend, Maggie, and I were talking about optimal class sizes, me from my 19-years as an educator and she from her experiences as a lifelong student and being around her kids’ schools. When I taught in face-to-face environments with … Continue reading The Unfortunate Consequence of Ignoring Small Group & Classroom Dynamics

Teaching Using Tech: Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 2

I’ve been filling out teaching/education-related job application and I was met with this little gem: Please describe your knowledge of pedagogy associated with various instructional modalities, i.e. face-­to-­face, hybrid, and online Having taught students from Kindergarten to eighth grade, freshmen … Continue reading Teaching Using Tech: Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 2

My Four Pillars: A Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 1

I’ve been filling out teaching/education-related job application and I was met with this little gem: Please provide a concise statement of your philosophy of higher education. (Minimum: 300 words) The gift of sharing knowledge and experiences has been one of … Continue reading My Four Pillars: A Philosophy of Higher Education, Part 1

Too Much Information: The Value of Organized Education in the Era of Everything on the Internet

In June of 2008, when I first began working at Full Sail, I ran across an article about a Texas professor who decided to make his whole course available online because he believed that just having access to the course … Continue reading Too Much Information: The Value of Organized Education in the Era of Everything on the Internet

What Do Online Educators Do: The Mythical Boundary between Personal Life and Work Life

You don’t have to be an online educator to have boundary issue betweens ones work life and personal life. I’ve known my fair share of educators, elementary educators, who seemed to only have their work life and nothing else, living only for what they did for their students. Of course there were also those who were scarcely there when they were there and they had to be reminded to not run over their students or parents as they raced out of the parking lot at the end of the day. I came to teaching after 15-years working for the phone company, so I knew the difference of working for a wage and doing something that felt much more like a mission. Then, because I got into teaching technology, where there was always hardware and software that needed to be supported, I got used to the idea that I’d be on-campus working until the early evening, often later. So, even as a “face-to-face” instructor I tended to be all about the job, working with students in the day, fixing the hardware/software at night and then going home and doing additional research on the Internet until midnight. It was a choice that I made, that to be the teacher that I wanted to be was going to be the most important thing in my life and I committed all of my energy to that.

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