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Being Human In A Digital Age
I’m exploring what it means to be human in a digital age and what role universities play in developing learners for this experience. Against the backdrop of everything is changing, we aren’t paying enough attention to what we are becoming. The Becoming is the central role of education in a machine learning, artificial intelligence era. [...] Fri, 02 Sep 2016 15:55:12 +0000

Adaptive Learners, Not Adaptive Learning
Some variation of adaptive or personalized learning is rumoured to “disrupt” education in the near future. Adaptive courseware providers have received extensive funding and this emerging marketplace has been referred to as the “holy grail” of education (Jose Ferreira at an EdTech Innovation conference that I hosted in Calgary in 2013). The prospects are tantalizing: [...] Wed, 20 Jul 2016 21:00:48 +0000

Doctor Of Education: Athabasca University
Athabasca University has the benefit of offering one of the first doctor of education programs, fully online, in North America. The program is cohort-based and accepts 12 students annually. I’ve been teaching in the doctorate program for several years (Advanced Research Methods as well as, occasionally, Teaching & Learning in DE) and supervise 8 (?!) [...] Fri, 15 Jul 2016 14:36:29 +0000

Digital Learning Research Network Conference 2016
As part of the Digital Learning Research Network, we held our first conference at Stanford last year. The conference focused on making sense of higher education. The discussions and prsentations addressed many of the critical challenges faced by learners, educators, administrators, and others. The schedule and archive are available here. This year, we are hosting [...] Tue, 21 Jun 2016 17:35:18 +0000

Announcing: Awear Conference: Wearables And Learning
Over the past year, I’ve been whining about how wearable technologies will have a bigger impact on how we learn, communicate, and function as a society than mobile devices have had to date. Fitness trackers, smart clothing, VR, heart rate monitors, and other devices hold promising potential in helping understand our learning and our health. [...] Sat, 28 May 2016 17:40:49 +0000

What Does It Mean To Be Human In A Digital Age?
It has been about 30 months now since I took on the role to lead the LINK Research Lab at UTA. (I have retained a cross appointment with Athabasca University and continue to teach and supervise doctoral students there). It has taken a few years to get fully up and running – hardly surprising. I’ve [...] Mon, 23 May 2016 00:53:07 +0000

The Godfather: Gardner Campbell
Gardner Campbell looms large in educational technology. People who have met him in person know what I mean. He is brilliant. Compassionate. Passionate. And a rare visionary. He gives more than he takes in interactions with people. And he is years ahead of where technology deployment current exists in classrooms and universities. He is also [...] Wed, 18 May 2016 21:52:38 +0000

The Future Of Learning: Digital, Distributed, Data-Driven
Yesterday as I was traveling (with free wifi from the good folks at Norwegian Air, I might add), I caught this tweet from Jim Groom: @dkernohan @cogdog @mweller A worthwhile think piece for sure, almost up there with "China is My Analytics Co-Pilot" — Jim Groom (@jimgroom) May 11, 2016 The comment was in response [...] Thu, 12 May 2016 13:07:30 +0000

Reflecting On Learning Analytics And Solar
The Learning Analytics and Knowledge conference (LAK16) is happening this week in Edinburgh. I unfortunately, due to existing travel and other commitments, am not in attendance. I have great hope for the learning analytics field as one that will provide significant research for learning and help us move past naive quantitative and qualitative assessments of [...] Thu, 28 Apr 2016 23:29:45 +0000

Open Learning Analytics. Again
Several years ago, a group of us wrote a concept paper on Open Learning Analytics (.pdf). Our goal was to create openness as a foundation for the use of data and analytics in education. We have, it appears, largely failed to have our vision take root. Few things are more important in education today than [...] Tue, 23 Feb 2016 15:19:23 +0000