March 25, 2020

Imagine….a world being swept by a pandemic of unprecedented proportions. The surge and contagion of the illness force nations and local governments to levy isolation and shut down non-essential business and activities. Citizens urged to keep to their homes and operate via technology as a connection to society. A reality where schools close for an indefinite period of time. Not just “one” school, not just schools in a particular region, but nationally and globally, a coordinated physical shut down is carried out of primary, secondary, and post-secondary educational institutions. No students on the majority of campuses anywhere. Teachers and learners are all relegated to remote learning, with most institutions attempting to deliver instruction via both synchronous and asynchronous virtual technologies.  No bells, no schedules, no mandated and proctored assessments, nor credit/clock hour requirements to attend to. How would parents and caregivers manage? How would teachers and professors...

August 1, 2017

Technology.  One word with such substantial significance, copious meanings, and expansive, pervasive impact.   There are very few who are not affected in some way by some form of technology, whether through the basic advancements around us or directly via interaction with hardware, software, the Internet, social networks, or other means of computing technology. Technology has invaded our lives and become so ubiquitous that we may not be aware of the variety of ways in which we are interfacing with such tools.  ,There are many ways in which technology not only requires, but also facilitates and cultivates self-directed learning. Rather than cite a list of technologies and how each can serve as a tool to transform previously adopted learning assumptions, instead this blog is centered on exploring the role of technology as a catalyst, delivery mechanism, conduit, and gateway to content, access, and knowledge.

The concept of self-direction is not new and originates from the s...

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