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Last fall I saw Martin Bean speak at the League of Innovation’s Conference on Information Technology. Martin is a wonderful speaker. One of the best bits of the presentation was a collection of quotes that I eventually tracked down & pulled into some slides. Enjoy. If you’d like a copy of the powerpoint, send me an email at tildeworks (at) gmail (dot) com.

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The magic question

If we want to go beyond lists of topics and pages of dull explanation, if we want online courses to be relevant and practical, Will Thalheimer says the magic question we need to ask is: “What do learners need to be able to do, and in what situations do they need to do those things?” I’m adding that one to my list.

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Like many students, USC film students don’t own the copyright to works they make as student filmmakers. The school does. As a result, they can’t share their videos online because they don’t control their own work. The students have launched a petition (which, unfortunately, looks like it’s been hacked) and are fighting back. It’ll be interesting to see if the school listens.

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It’s only fun if you turn it up REAL loud.

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Too funny.

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I just came across a great series of podcasts done by Dan Balzer and Susan Manning called The Learning Times Green Room. Just like a green room in a theatre, it’s designed to be a place for behind-the-scenes conversations. There’s a great chat with Cara Coffina, a teacher who tried doing online debates with students throughout a school district using Elluminate, a tool I love. There’s another interview with Professor Norman Garrett at the Eastern Illinois University talking about how teaching has changed in the past five years. The answer? Quite a bit.

The podcasts are short and lively. The show notes are informative so you can tell at a glance what the podcast is about. Check it out.

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