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Enjoyed keynotes from Lev Gonick and Randy Bass & Bret Eyone, notes to be posted here soon.

Good ePortfolio session just now:


I just purchased & read (well, partly scanned, to be honest) this new book & I highly recommend it to faculty, EdTch colleagues, and anyone interested in teaching & learning in higher ed:
Evidence-Based Teaching for Higher Education Edited by Beth M. Schwartz, PhD and Regan A. R. Gurung, PhD (also available on Amazon).

The book impressed me because it provides a great review of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL), then 6 chapters organized around specific teaching challenges (building rapport in the classroom, using technology, online teaching, experiential learning, student study strategies, selecting class readings), plus a chapter at the end on reflective teaching practice. Each chapter is research-based & well referenced & includes both evidence-based recommendations and questions for further research at the end.

If you’re a colleague and would like to borrow my copy, just let me know.

Redesign characteristics:


It’s hard to do good pedagogy, tech helps bring that to scale.

Six models:
- supplemental (change but not too much)
- Replacement (flipped)
- Emporium – Move all classes into a lab setting, students working with instructional software.
- Fully online -
- Buffet – (Ohio State, stopakong them take a full meal, give them a choice) students mix & match
- Linked workshop (developmental courses)

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Looking for Pedagogy in Blended Course Design (there are some additional resources here)
Patricia McGee, Univ of Texas & San Antonio
Digital Learning Design Program,UT
Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) webinar


  • Introduction
  • Best Practices for Design
  • Pedagogical Practices
  • Preparing Students

Meta-analysis: Best practices – published literature about course design for blended learning; encoded repeated items.  Found the same language used, even when sources were not references.  Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks

Pedagogical Reports – looking at the literature about what students (mostly) and faculty (not much done) do in the blended env’t.

Design Based Research – Members of the team gather data & make changes to the program as it unfolds. (possible connection to Summer Academy); Blended & Online Learners

Content Analysis of Blended Models – found 27 different models so far.

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  • Monday: Facilitated a half day iPad session that was a lot of fun
  • Tuesday: Facilitated a “Birds of a Feather” lunch table on Learning Outcomes Assessment. Had a great conversation, learned that our colleague from CT community college was the only school at the table with anything like systematic or comprehensive defined learning outcomes & assessment criteria across the curriculum. Enjoyed a session on a three nation marketing course, session on the future of student computer labs from UNH, and an unconference session.
  • Wednesday: Great faculty story about shifting to an active learning stance from BU, WordPress ePortfolio from Granite State College (poster), What the MOOC?

Effective Practices in Teaching with Technology at Tufts

1. Trunk Forums to Enhance Reflective Learning:
Jonathan Garlick, D.D.S., Ph.D., Professor, Oral Pathology, Director, Division of Tissue Engineering and Cancer Biology, School of Dental Medicine – using Trunk forums to help students go deeper with their learning & fostering reflective learning. Pyramid integrating: foundational science literacy, “real life” implications, broader impacts, reflective interpersonal perspective > Outcomes (Human potential, Human values, Informed citizenship).  How: weekly discussion topic, everyone does the same reflective reading, pre-class conversation, bring it in class.

2. The Development of Video-Based Clinical Ultrasound Teaching Tools for Veterinary Students:
James Sutherland-Smith, BVSc., DACVR, Assistant Professor, Clinical Sciences, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine – great use of videos & illustration to improve instruction by creating dual-view videos (ultrasound image & external camera, with voiceover).  Lovely use of Prezi for the presentation.  Proving the educational value would be future opportunity, but student feedback was very positive.

3. Implementing Technologies for Blended Learning:
Libby Bradshaw, DD, MS, Academic Director, Master of Science/Certificate Program, Pain Research, Education and Policy Program (PREP), Public Health and Professional Programs, Public Health and Community Medicine, School of Medicine – Program level presentation – how they have moved forward with their blend.  Half of overall course delivered face to face, half online, used Echo Capture, Jabber video, Trunk & TUSK.


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