Action-Oriented eLearning with the Humble WebQuest

One challenge about creating reusable eLearning content is that designers often fall back into the banking model of education, creating a passive and dependent learning experience for students. This often looks like packaged PowerPoints or blocks of text readings that students are expected to click through and answer multiple-choice comprehension questions …

Having Hard Conversations in Your Personal Learning Network

In Response to Tom Whitby’s The What and Why of a Professional Learning Network, and Paul Moss’ Why Learning Through Social Networks Is The Future. The great thing about Personal Learning Networks is that you form a breezy, fluid relationship with people you respect and admire, people you can learn from …

Content Delivery Isn’t Instruction but it’s Still Important to Do Well

I religiously read Audrey Watters’ Hack Education blog, often finding that I agree with her in principle and then disagree about the details of how to put a plan into action. Content Delivery is one of those disagreements– she rightly cautions us not to replace boring in-person lectures with videos …

Saving Universities in the Era of MOOCs: How Service-Oriented Schools can Add Value in the Online Learning Boom

This past year has brought a massive amount of attention to Massive Open Online Courses, and much speculation about what they mean for traditional institutions of learning. The education and technology blogosphere have been breathlessly predicting the end of the world for traditional, brick-and-mortar universities and colleges as elite institutions …