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NPS and Gamification

Last weekend I visited Bryce Canyon National Park and Cedar Breaks National Monument for a 3-day digital detox. [Yes, believe it or not, I can put away the Interwebs for 3 whole days.] While hiking in Bryce Canyon, I stumbled across a bit of gamification of the hiking trails called Hike the Hoodoos Challenge. With all the hype about digital badges and gamification lately, I can’t help but wonder why the NPS doesn’t take this a step further and develop a digital mobile game where you can earn activity badges in all the National Parks and Monuments by hiking...

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Canvas Network Social Media Course

I’ve been working hard on developing an open course for Canvas Network on Social Media. The course is now live and publicly visible. This means you can see all the content pages and modules (but not the discussions or announcements). If you’d like to take a peek, visit Social Media on Canvas Network. Here’s a preview of what you’ll see: Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM What should K-12 teachers be learning about technology? The Road Back to Higher Education 10 Books to Push Your Thinking about Learning Design University of Copenhagen...

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Reason to Calculate the Vertex

If you ever needed a REASON to calculate the highest point of a parabola that opens downward, here’s one. Possibly Related Posts: Elaborations for Creative Thinking in STEM What should K-12 teachers be learning about technology? The Road Back to Higher Education 10 Books to Push Your Thinking about Learning Design University of Copenhagen...

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Keeping the Same Instructor

Question: Why do we design all the learning for a course (i.e. the syllabus) before we every meet a single student?  Answer: Because there’s no alternative.  At least, not for those of us in Higher Ed. When you really stop and think about it, does it make ANY sense to design the syllabus before meeting your students?  I’ve been noticing that school systems that get good learning results have an interesting common characteristic. The instructors stay with the same students for several years.  They learn how their students learn best and design the learning to suit their needs.  There...

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Elephant in the Room: Captioning Math Videos

[Just in case there is any doubt, the opinions on this blog are always my own and not the opinions of my college.] For the last several years I’ve been watching the conversations about accessibility issues on Listservs, online groups, and blogs and I’ve been receiving emails from instructors living in California about their “video captioning situation.”  The situation is that many instructors in California believe that they are not allowed to post any material (required or supplemental) in a digital environment unless it is made fully accessible for the blind and hearing-impaired.  We could argue whether they are...

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