Personal Learning Networks

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.

Why Today’s Educators Are So Much More Than #JustaTeacher

“Oh, I’m just a teacher,” I heard Jazmin say when it was her turn to introduce herself. In fact, she was the only teacher in the room amongst a group of nonprofit leaders, principals and investors who had convened that day to discuss how to create change in schools.

Zen and the Art of Meaningful Meetings

Last week I had the extraordinary opportunity to spend time in the company of some very smart, interesting and generous university innovators when California State University Channel Islands hosted a meeting for the group, called the HAILstorm. At the end, we were asked to reflect on what we would take away from the meeting and how it might affect our practices on campus. And it occured to me that when you have the chance to get together with people you respect and can talk about common issues with, well, maybe that’s enough.

#DLNchat: What is Blockchain and How Can it Support Student Success?

Higher education is joining the blockchain party, even if its entrance is, let’s say, incremental. On Tuesday, February 13 the #DLNchat community got together to discuss: What is Blockchain and How Can it Support Student Success?

A Personal Question for All Teachers

What does it mean to make learning personal?
It’s no secret that teachers take their jobs personally. It’s how they build relationships with students and their families. It’s why they hone and tailor their craft to meet each child’s unique needs, strengths and interests.

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#DLNchat: Open Educational Resources (OER) in Higher Ed

Can open educational resources, or OER, truly create more equity and access? That was the question at the heart of our #DLNchat on January 9, which centered around OER in Higher Education. Our special guest, Lisa Petrides, creator of OER Commons, kicked things off by defining the topic at hand: “OER are teaching & learning materials freely available for anyone to use. These materials typically reside in the public domain, or have an alternative copyright license, i.e.

?Online Communication Will Open New Doors For Community in 2018

As citizens in an increasingly wired world, we frequently hear about the adverse impact of technology in everything from eroding our attention span to fueling the dissemination of fake news. But despite these dire warnings, it is important to acknowledge that technology has had a positive effect in at least one arena: building community.

#DLNchat: The Skills Gap-Fact or Fantasy?

Is the skills gap real or has it been blown out of proportion? That was the first question posed by special guest and former EdSurgent Mary Jo Madda at #DLNchat on December 12 when we discussed The Skills Gap—Fact or Fantasy? with fellow instructional designers, faculty, administrators and entrepreneurs. But before we could answer that question there was a lot to discuss…

The Secret to Being a Better Teacher? Find Your Tribe

On November 20th, 2015, I received an email in my inbox that would change my teaching career—it was from a stranger.A few weeks earlier, I had won the Georgia Governor’s award for innovative teaching. My principal noticed how much work I was putting into redesigning my curriculum and had nominated me. I secretly hoped I would win—I wanted validation that I was doing right by my students.

#DLNchat: Where the Digital Learning Network Connects

What’s the best metaphor for describing the role of an instructional designer? How can digital learning help improve graduation rates? How might adaptive learning courseware change the work of faculty? Who should be responsible for protecting students’ privacy? How do you learn about new edtech products?

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