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Last Build Date: Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:43:11 +0000


Alasdair MacIntyre on Education

Mon, 11 Sep 2017 13:43:11 +0000

One of the summer’s great discoveries for me was the work of Alasdair MacIntyre. It’s a late discovery, but in a strange way, also just in time. A moral philosopher, i.e. a philosopher of ethics, MacIntyre has had a long … Continue reading

The Role of University Faculty in an Age of Ubiquitous Personal Networked Computing

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 18:02:55 +0000

On August 14, 2017 I was honored to be the keynote speaker at the Southwest Teaching and Learning Symposium, held at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. My heartfelt thanks to Don Carter for the invitation, and to Don, John … Continue reading

“Kissing Is Awesome”

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 15:09:14 +0000

I overheard this remark by [REDACTED] and decided to remember it. I thought it might come in handy as the title for a blog post one day. That’s 38 years ago. July 14, 1979. The day Alice Woodworth and I … Continue reading

An end to the beginning: Open Learning ’17

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 02:02:16 +0000

Open Learning ’17‘s last official event was yesterday, as Susan Albertine, Beverly Covington, Steve Greenlaw, Amy Nelson, and I reflected on the experience from multiple perspectives. Today’s the last day of the Open Learning ’17 “week,” however, and I offer … Continue reading

The Waste Books, Teaching, and Learning

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 16:20:24 +0000

Gjertrud Schnackenberg’s extraordinary and heartbreaking Heavenly Questions, in particular the section called “Sublimaze,” has led me to a new author–new to me, anyway: Georg Christoph Lichtenberg. Much more to say about Lichtenberg, and the associative trail I followed when he appeared … Continue reading

Faculty and New Media Literacies

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 00:21:56 +0000

Last week in Open Learning ’17 we began our work with Randy Bass and Bret Eynon’s book Open and Integrative: Designing Liberal Education for the New Digital Ecosystem, published in 2016 by the AAC&U. As with other things we’ve read in … Continue reading

Openly Dedicated

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 03:29:51 +0000

When I got to college, I discovered there was a thing called intellectual history. Part of intellectual history, I also learned, was intellectual lineage: not just idea leading to idea, but thinker leading to thinker. Groups of writers interacting synchronously … Continue reading

Connected Learning: a personal epiphany

Sat, 04 Mar 2017 15:50:17 +0000

It happened just last Tuesday, and I’ve been reeling ever since. I was talking with a student during an office visit. The topic of blogging came up. I’m not sure exactly how we got there, but I brought out one … Continue reading

A slightly belated thank you to Bryan Alexander

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 13:54:42 +0000

I should have done this Saturday, but Monday will have to do. Thanks, Bryan Alexander, for directing our week of digital literacy at Open Learning ’17. I met Bryan in January, 2004, in San Diego, at a conference of the … Continue reading

Conceptual Frameworks: some thoughts

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:19:15 +0000

At the end of the #OpenLearning17 week of digital literacy, hosted and herded and directed with aplomb, panache, alacrity, and insight by Bryan Alexander, I have a few thoughts on conceptual frameworks: their necessity, and why they are all too often … Continue reading