The ILLs of Public Scholarship

The readings from this week posed questions that collectively expanded both the notions of “scholarship” and “access”. In her article Beyond Academic Twitter: Social Media and the Evolution of Scholarly Publication, Leila Walker painted a picture of how social media platform such as Twitter will (and has) changed how scholarship is created and shared with […]

Things that make you go…hmmm…

Psychological science (my discipline) is pretty conventional/traditional. It has worked very hard (for better AND worse) for acceptance as a “real” science. It still holds anonymous peer review as the gold standard of quality and, in at least some ways, hasn’t yet developed the expectation that a “generalist reader” should be able to access, read, […]

Experiential and deep?

A passage from the article, “Networked Learning as Experiential Learning” by Gardner Campbell- me. I used to struggle with how to give students the experiential activity learning that created deep learning, but now think of online learning as ALL experiential learning that can create the deep learning that students seek in our Programs or eventually […]

Is it time to retire?

The materials for week 3 (especially the interview with Laura Gibbs) raised a number of questions for me. Perhaps I missed something important, but it seems to me faculty should not be judged on how “fun” their courses are, nor should they allow students to assign their own grades (unless perhaps they work at the […]

Digital Space and Incrementalism

The notion of “engagement” has long been touted as a predictor of success in higher education. It pertains to formal learning experiences such as the classroom (physical or virtual), as well as a metric of what students are doing with their time outside of their academic time-on-task. The National Survey of Student Engagement, associated with […]

Learning Through Networking

In a course I teach each summer in USM’s Adult & Higher Education master’s program, I have my students compare learning theories, and share which resonates with their own experience the most. Social learning theory trends towards the top, an indicator of the power of interaction. I myself tend to learn best with others, which […]

Professional development with digital network

Answering the question on how participating in a digital network supports my learning & professional development forced me to think about my identity online. I would enjoy: finding colleagues with mutual interests, discovering quality resources to support my students and my research interests, learning how others use networking to augment their classes. A couple of […]

reflecting twitter

My twitter handle is @ MRStevensonPhD. So far, I’ve found little productive use for it and I find it too time consuming to attempt to glean useful content from streams of incomplete thoughts that have little nuance. At the moment, I use Twitter to catalog things I find in electronic form that I want to […]