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80+ Educational Google+ Communities

In January I compiled a list of education related Google+ communities in this Google document.  I then added another 30 communities in May, bringing the list to over 80 Google+ communities now, which is copied below and ordered by their

Posted in community, edtech, education, embodiment, learning sciences, teaching, technology

Two Courses That Made a Difference in Student Retention

Universities and colleges have a huge problem with retaining and graduating their students – particularly students in STEM areas (science, technology, engineering, math, where 60% drop out or transfer) and students at community colleges (55% never graduate).  But state colleges

Posted in education, learning sciences, research, teaching

Considering MOOCs: Pros, Cons, Questions

Here are slides for a talk I’m giving to my university about issues to consider before offering MOOCs or accepting MOOCs for credit. Considering MOOCs: Pros, Cons, Questions from Doug Holton I also participated in a webinar about MOOCs for

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What’s the “problem” with MOOCs?

In case the quotes didn’t clue you in, this post doesn’t argue against massive open online courses (MOOCs) such as the ones offered by Udacity, Coursera, and edX.  I think they are very worthy ventures and will serve to progress our

Posted in edtech, education, moocs, teaching, Uncategorized

New Books on Teaching, HTML5

I can’t really provide reviews for these books, I haven’t read most of them yet (they are just lying in my 10 year old amazon saved items queue), but I thought I’d share the list for future reference: Some new

Posted in edtech, education, embodiment, html5, teaching, technology, theory

Recent Course & Workshop Resources: HTML5, Drupal, Distance Education

Here are some web sites for courses I’m currently teaching or recently taught: Distance Education Tools - http://detools.wikispaces.com/ This site now has dozens of links of various tools and technologies you can use with online and blended learning Multimedia Development with

Posted in conferences, development, drupal, edtech, embodiment, teaching, technology

Does educational technology exist to make schools “hip” and placate taxpayers?

Larry Cuban argues that we only have new technologies in classrooms in order to placate (mostly non-parental) taxpayers and politicians, so that schools can seem “modern” and “with it.”  Computers and so forth are just there as a status symbol,

Posted in computers, edtech, education, teaching, technology, Uncategorized

Voicethread presentations on teaching & learning

Students in my advanced instructional design course (login as guest) created some narrated presentations in VoiceThread at the end of the semester.  They are on topics related to faculty development, teaching and learning, multimedia, etc.: Service Learning How People Learn

Posted in edtech, education, learning sciences, teaching, Uncategorized, usu

“Supporting” Open Education

Learners need support.  That’s my overall gist from reading recent constructive criticisms of open education and open education resources (OERs) by Michael Feldstein and Tony Bates.  Dumping class lectures and notes online (which comprise the vast majority of OERs and

Posted in education, teaching

Need Much Much More “D” in Education R & D

I already blogged about this matter 3 years ago in a post entitled “The State of Educational Research & Development.” But a few recent things made me think of it again: @newsweek tweeted for us to tell them our thoughts

Posted in development, edtech, education, learning sciences, programming, research, software, teaching, technology, Uncategorized
Doug Holton

Doug Holton

Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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