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Wearables

The fitbit wearable is one device that could be used in the classroom to introduce students to fitness and daily activity monitoring. While individual challenges would be a starting place to integrate the wearable today, I imagine the possibilities for...

MOOCs

Chafkin (2014) describes the first MOOC: a Stanford professor providing lectures, exams, and homework assignments online, the same content provided to those taking the for-credit course. The idea was started by Sebastian Thrun to provide additional lectures or a “flipped...

Personalized Learning Environments

The new personalized learning environment is a digital environment that has the ability to adapt to the student or learner (Ark, 2013). Learning in this environment is modified or customized to meet the learners’ needs. The classroom rotation model is...

Emerging Technologies

I have used the terms "emerging technologies" in my writings, but didn’t think much about a technology that is still developing into a must have (I didn’t think much about the development part). Instead, the terms “up and coming” or...

Practice….practice

First pass coding becomes more efficient with practice, but it is the discourse, feedback, and comparison process of coding with peers that has been beneficial to my understanding of the procedure. I have discovered that my low inference coding has...

Coding Attempts

My understanding of the processes of emic compared to etic coding has increased through group and course collaborative efforts. The first group attempt at CMDA coding utilized emic coding. It was my assumption that we were undertaking etic coding this...

Coding and Subjectivity

Emic and etic coding are two types of coding used in computer-mediated discourse analysis. In etic coding, the coder is an observer of the discourse and codes neutrally. Pulling key phrases and key words straight from the discourse or data...

Discourse Analysis

My first discourse analysis was similar to an approach I have applied before. Identifying keywords, terms and phrases in each sentence is also utilized when developing an index, found at the back of a book. Analyzing an item or sentence...

Worldview and Research

A learner brings a unique set of experiences and beliefs about the world into the constructivist epistemology (Smith & Ragan, 2005; Tam; 2009). A learner cannot be directed or led to expand their understanding, the learner gains understanding “in” the...

The Online Classroom

The important takeaways from each course I participate in are those I can apply to my work. I currently teach online. I am an adjunct instructor for two institutions. These two jobs are very different in terms of the flexibility...

MOOCs and M-Learning

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) continue to be a popular discussion topic in higher education. Large institutions (those with over 15,000 students) are more likely to offer a MOOC than smaller institutions (Allen & Seaman, 2014). This is much different...

Social Media and Open Source

The changing tempo is a challenge for instructors as they attempt to integrate new technologies in a meaningful way that fosters learning, but recognizes that further technological advances are inevitable.  The rapid rate of technology change requires teachers to jump...