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5 Minutes of Fame:


Had an interesting morning volunteering at the registration desk & a lovely lunch, plus a visit to the 16th floor for posters, inter actives, art exhibits & an amazing view of the Charles river.

In my first session now, Mediathread from the folks at Columbia’s Center for New Media Teaching and Learning. Pretty cool tool. Libraries of content (databases, public sites, etc) plus tools for annotating/analyzing them & user-generated content. Fun to explore it in the session.

The Mediathread team is looking for others with interest & has tried to help others get it installed & integrated with authentication systems.

Apple session on challenge based learning. Apple Classrooms of Tomorrow (ACOT), v2.

6 design principles:
1. 21st century skills
2. Relevant & applied curriculum
3. Informative Assessments
4. Culture of Creativity & Inmovation
5. Social & Emotional connection
6. 24/7 Access


Inspiring movie, “Blindsight”.

Framework components: starts with a big idea (eg Resilience), distill central question (ie how do we better support each other during times of hardship, then The Challenge (start asking questions), action research, what questions do we need to answer, guiding activities & resources, handing off the majority of the ownership to the students. Faculty guide & redirect. Solution needs to be something the student can try.


I’ve just joined another MOOC (this is my second to date, the first was Change11), and I’m excited about it. It’s “First Steps into Learning & Teaching in Higher Education“, and I’m hoping that it will both support my work to help faculty improve their teaching & will also help me with design, delivery, and evaluation of my own teaching practice.

I’m happy to have completed the first Teaching with Technology Symposium at Tufts yesterday & the day before. Many colleagues & I worked hard to design, develop, and deliver this new event & although results from the official evaluations have not yet been compiled, I was very happy with the event & have received very positive feedback from many faculty who attended.

Eric Mazur, how ca we foster/teach innovation? Teach real problem solving & to encourage risk taking. We learn by practicing, very little by listening to lectures.

Education is not just the transmission of information. Not being able to transfer learning to new contexts is the hallmark of lack of learning. Traditional assessments discourage risk taking, focuses on outcome not process, is individual, does not mirror future work env’t, so discourages real learning.

Assimilation happens outside of class now; should flip this because transmission is the easy part (case study as first example of flipped classroom.) Pinker’s Curse of Knowledge, students are better qualified to teach other new learners because they remember the problems. Question > think > poll > discuss (30+% right) > repoll > explain; start again.

Lectures give a false sense of security for both faculty & students because they do not reveal misconceptions. Recent MIT study shows that brain activity is less during lecture than anything else. Mazur.harvard.edu


Paul Lewis, “Forgotten Chapters in Boston Literary History”, seminar & exhibit at BPL & online. Project in civic humanities & digital humanities. Use student research to take work into the community.

“How did Poe know that Longfellow’s reputation would not hold up?”. Opportunity to celebrate our literary heritage, Boston was not on AAA guide to best literary sites. Lack of identifying marks on important buildings, eg early American feminists. Old Corner Bookstore, most important site for literary Boston is now Chipotle with only a tiny sign.

Course had some funding.

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