Michael Sano

How Nontraditional Educators Will Influence Digital Learning #DLNchat

Could the rise in MOOC-based and other certificates affect how traditional college degree paths are designed? What role should employers have in the design or execution of digital learning opportunities? Those were a couple of the questions debated at #DLNchat on Tuesday, October 9, when we discussed how nontraditional education providers could influence the future of digital learning.

Fake News, Confirmation Bias and Selective Attention: Teaching Digital Literacy #DLNchat

How do educators support digital citizenship? Does information need singular meaning to be useful? Has cognitive dissonance grown in the digital era? These were a few of the questions tweeted at #DLNchat on Tuesday, September 11, when we debated how to best teach digital and information literacy in higher education.

Can Competency-Based Education Demonstrate Mastery Across a Lifetime? #DLNchat

When students master a competency, have they mastered it for life? And how can they continue to build on competencies through employment or demonstrate that growth? Those were a couple of questions that popped up at #DLNchat on Tuesday, August 14. The conversation was guided by our special guest Executive Director of C-BEN (Competency-Based Education Network), Charla Long.

Can AR/VR Improve Learning? Integrating Extended Reality Into Academic Programs #DLNchat

When educators talk about bringing learning into the real world does that include the virtual world? Proponents claim virtual and augmented reality can enhance learning experiences like we’ve never seen before, bringing students into contact with environments they otherwise wouldn’t have access to. But can mixed reality become too real for the learner? Could it stifle creativity? And should we be concerned, or will the hype fade?

Can Online Programs and Digital Tools Help Students Spend Less Money? #DLNchat

Even when tuition is free, attending college can be expensive. Many students need to cover the cost of housing, food and family care in addition to their educational expenses. Can online learning and digital tools help learners save money? On Tuesday, June 12 the #DLNchat community got together to dive into how improving digital learning could help institutions pass along savings to students, and how technology might also help reduce indirect costs for college attendance.

Professional Development Planning for Summer 2018 and Beyond #DLNchat

What makes a professional development experience valuable? How can we build meaningful personal learning networks? What’s the right balance of planning and serendipitous discovery when it comes to professional learning? On Tuesday, May 22 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate professional development reflections, insights and plans for Summer 2018 and beyond.

How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design? #DLNchat

Can proactive instructional design eliminate barriers to access for learners? Will artificial intelligence play a role in improving accessibility? How can institutions create a culture of collaboration to support universal design? On Tuesday, May 8 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can We Improve Accessibility Through Instructional Design?

How Can Alternative Assignments Effectively Assess Student Learning? #DLNchat

Do exams still serve a purpose? Could tests be replaced by project-based work? How do we move beyond grades to more meaningful demonstrations of learning? On Tuesday, April 24 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Can Alternative Assignments Effectively Assess Student Learning?

#DLNchat: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning?

Has the MOOC revolution come and gone? Or will the principles of the MOOC movement continue to influence higher ed? On Tuesday, April 10 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss and debate: How Have MOOCs Impacted Approaches to Student Learning? The conversation was guided by special guest Dhawal Shah, founder of Class Central.

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#DLNchat: How Could Artificial Intelligence Shape the Future of Higher Education?

Do anthropomorphized forms of artificial intelligence serve students better than hidden bots? Will students receive AI-manifested messages through wearable devices in the future? How do we create frameworks for the ethical creation of artificial intelligence?

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