Reading as a Social Act

It’s commonly acknowledged that writing is a social act. What does it mean to write online? When we write in the digital age, we are writing to share and to connect. But, what about the act of reading? I open this reflection by quoting myself from a prior DML post: These days, the role of the reader … [Read more…]

The KUWP & The Hour of Code 2015

We live in a world surrounded by technology.  We know that whatever field our students choose to go into, their ability to succeed will increasingly hinge on understanding how technology works. But only a tiny fraction of us are learning computer science, and less students are studying it than a decade ago.  Good news is, … [Read more…]

Connecting Colleagues in Cyberspace

If #connectedlearning is an educational approach designed for our ever-changing world, then Virtually Connecting is a #connectedlearning community that is reshaping the ways we think about professional collegiality. In a traditional model of professional development, conferences have always been the key location to build conversations and connections. Conferences enrich our growth as educators and scholars in countless ways. That … [Read more…]

Digital Writing as Mode of Thinking

In my current “Writing Theory & Practice” course, we have been discussing the elusive notion of “voice” in writing. What makes a writerly voice distinct, audible, sincere, authentic? What makes a voice compelling? We have recognized that voice is connected to both embodiment and subjectivity. We have talked about the important link between voice and … [Read more…]

Advancing New Forms of Scholarship in Writing

I continue to think a great deal about how new media has grown the possibilities of our collective academic work. As the director of a Masters in Writing Studies Program at Kean University, I often reckon with how our traditional forms of scholarship are merely one reference point when considering how to produce and create new knowledge. As … [Read more…]

Speculative Design for Emergent Learning: Taking Risks

As I look in the rear view mirror at this past semester, I marvel at the grand experiment of my #WritingRace class at Kean University that I blogged about as we embarked on our journey. I decided to take co-learning one step further. When I first met my fantastic group of graduate and undergraduate students for this course, I announced that … [Read more…]

The Minecraft Camp

Ode To The Minecraft Camp I am blessed to wear two special “hats”. I am simultaneously both an educator and a Mom. And I often marvel at how these two roles are truly integrated. I find that many of the reflections that emerge from my educator self are mirrored by the experience of my parental … [Read more…]

A Pedagogy of Empowerment: Taking a Leap of Faith

In a previous article written for my Digital Media & Learning Research Hub blog, “Striving for New Ways to Learn How to Learn,” I wrote about co-learning as the heart of the connected learning experience. We have heard quite a bit about the limits of the “sage on the stage” approach and the dawning of new affordances … [Read more…]

Join the Hour of Code!

We live in a world surrounded by technology. Information, commerce, communication, and entertainment all rely on computers. But only a tiny fraction of us learn computer science, the basics of how computers work, or how to create software, apps, or web sites. Computer Science provides a foundation for virtually any career and everybody can benefit … [Read more…]

Join me in Co-Learning with Connected Courses

The coming two weeks will no doubt engender a dynamic (and hopefully playful) conversation about co-learning in the Connected Courses community.  I am honored to facilitate the topic along with colleagues Alec Couros and Howard Rheingold who have been exploring these issues for some time.  Of all the topics we considered tackling when designing the Connected Courses “spine”, … [Read more…]