Learning is optimal for most human beings when they are given just enough structure to feel safe and just enough freedom to feel challenged. This, in my opinion, is the special sauce of meaningful learning design.
Design matters in education. Instructional design–the design of learning experiences–matters. “Design matters because it is an intrinsically humanist discipline, tethered to the very core of why we exist. It frames [ … ]
The unconscious bias toward the monolingual and against the plurilingual is very much present in the digital realm. It has been frustrating to me as a language pedagogue that, at least at this moment in the development of digital tools such as WordPress, the screen serves to limit rather than amplify human plurilingualism.
Ahhhhhh, summer. As the days extend longer and warmer, it’s the perfect time to attack a terrifyingly long reading list. I have big plans to make a dent in the [ … ]
Whenever I read about design thinking, I find myself rolling my eyes… a lot. If you’re new to the term design thinking, let me provide a brief description. Design thinking, [ … ]
Last month, I gave a talk at the University of Edinburgh on critical digital pedagogy in troubled political times. While the main purpose of the talk was to give my UK [ … ]
On February 17, I spoke to students, faculty, and staff at the Middlebury Institute for International Studies at Monterey on the topic of digital embodiment, as part of their Whole [ … ]
This excerpt is from my talk with Sean Michael Morris and Amy Slay at Open Education 2016 about Critical Instructional Design. Read Sean’s post Critical Instructional Design and Acts of [ … ]
With Middlebury’s recent institution-wide transition to a new Learning Management System (LMS), many instructors as well as programs have worked diligently to migrate existing learning content from Moodle to Canvas. Moodle, which has [ … ]
Middlebury is launching a strategic planning process this year, called Envisioning Middlebury. As part of this process, two committees of faculty, staff, and students from across Middlebury’s programs were formed to [ … ]