Telepresence systems that let you go to work remotely have proved awkward to use. One startup thinks it has solved those problems. Could I now be a blended librarian living in PA and working romotley in the libraries at Harvard, Yale, Princton, Stanford, or the Univ. of Hawaii? Hmm....
Excited to share this article in the latest issue of Educause because Jo Anne Gora is President of Ball State, and Phil Repp is VP of Information Technology. These are two of the people leading change at Ball State, where I work, and it is great to hear their vision for 'deep learning experiences' in the 21st century. Personally I love their conclusion: "We can unbundle the course by building new learning models that break the barriers of when and how we learn, making learning fluid in time and not necessarily tied to quarters and semesters, attaching curricular and co-curricular components by creating integrated, flexible knowledge packages, and linking multi-semester immersive experiences to professional work-preparation tracks that enhance a student's emotional intelligence in the workplace." Well said! That helps connect to visions I am working on for online and blended learning in my role at Ball State, especially some of my current research projects into MOOCs, badges, online certificates, and learner dashboards.
Steven Bell and John Shank, co-founders of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community and their guests, Brian Mathews, Gardner Campbell and Shelli Fowler, all from Virginia Tech University, invite you to attend the next Blended Librarians webcast. In this session “Augmenting the Learner Experience & Awaking the Digital Imagination.”
It’s hard enough for academic librarians to keep up with research in their own profession, so we sometimes miss research about our students and how they learn that could enable us to help them to be more successful.
"The article suggests ways to think about the ecology of higher education in a digital age and what role libraries and allied departments in a college or university might play. It proposes that useful steps forward include inviting differently positioned and credentialed individuals into the world of libraries and working together with computing organizations to create temporary structures within which to revise ideas and approaches to our work."
In an interview with Online Classroom, Veronica Diaz, associate director of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative, offered the following advice for creating a better blended course: Begin with a solid foundation in online learning pedagogy and...
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