Here's an interesting post on a blog I've recently discovered, called
. The guy (
) responsible for the blog believes that anything can be explained by
. He also is interested in educational technology and has created a video (using dots, of course) about a new learning paradigm — student generated content.
The jist of the video (it's a bit of a long one — just over eleven minutes) is that it's easy for professors to feel overwhelmed by the
Next week the three of us (Ryan, Kristin, and myself) go to JAM - the Jenzabar Annual Meeting. Jenzabar is the company who makes the software that runs MyLutherNet (MLN). We're hoping that in this conference will give us great insight into how we can make MLN more usable and friendly for students, faculty and staff.
So, in the spirit of collaboration, tell us what you would like to see happen with MLN! What is confusing about it? How do you use it? How would you like to use it?
(which is part of Cable in the Classroom
) has a recent issue out that is devoted to new media literacies and learning in a participatory culture
. Much of it was written in conjunction with the New Media Literacies Project at MIT
, which is Henry Jenkins' old haunt
. While the articles are focused primarily on the K-12 context, they're pertinent to higher ed as well.
A previous issue of this same journal has a number of interesting pieces related to learning online.
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Free Range Learning
, here are a few submission guidelines to help you with your writing.
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The blog aims to serve anyone interested in learning and technology — this includes faculty and students, as well as staff. Depending on the growth of the blog, this may also include people outside the Luther Seminary community.
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I've been playing around with
- a free desktop application that collects the activity of your, facebook, twitter, flickr, youTube, and blogger accounts and lets you both read and post to each of them from one handy location.
Skimmer was developed by a Minneapolis ad agency,
with the help of
, a Twin Cities web development company. Fallon wanted a way to share what their employees were thinking about, so they developed skimmer, which in Fallon's case allows their
We are excited to announce the creation of Free Range Learning a blog which explores ideas around design and technology for use in learning.
Wait a minute, you might say, if this blog is new, how come there are posts that go back months? Free Range Learning is a relaunch of an earlier blog The Learning Professor. While many good things were happening before, we wanted to expand the conversation to include students, staff, faculty, and anyone else who might be interested, so we needed a new name and
Storytelling, the backbone of so many world cultures (as well as Scripture), is alive and well thanks to new technology: the internet.
The internet, and more specifically Web 2.0 technologies, has opened up collaborative storytelling that is limited only by the number of collaborators. In
, Bryan Alexander and Alan Levine discuss how
Web 2.0 technologies make it easy and accessible
for nearly anyone to blog, comment, review, teach and learn together. The stories that are told are
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- Before joining Luther Seminary in 2008, Ryan spent more than 10 years working (at times simultaneously) in congregations, multi-media curriculum design, and photography. He is active in the international
a really interesting study
that compared teaching practices across three fields: clergy preparation, clinical psychology, and education. The authors write, in particular, about practices of representation, decomposition, and approximation.
Although we have presented them separately, the concepts in this framework—representation, decomposition, and approximation—clearly overlap and underscore each other. For example, every approximation engages students in some element or version
Here's a great, brief, look at how to teach writing
in courses of any size and content.