Archives for July 2012

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

This infographic compiled by OnlineColleges.net shares some of the many ways educators have incorporated social media into the classroom.

A Teacher’s Guide to Social Media

The following previously posted infographics related to social media might also be of interest:

Teaching Online in the Mobile Age

young girl learning with iPad

As technology continues to advance, we’re moving into the “post-PC” era as we find an increasing number of students and faculty alike relying on the mobile devices in place of traditional desktop or laptops. These mobile devices are continually becoming powerful and rapidly affording profound new opportunities for teaching and learning, both in and outside the classroom.

During this keynote presentation at the 2012 Missouri Distance Learning Association Conference, we explored current trends in mobile technology adoption among students and faculty and considered how mobile devices are changing the way we communicate and access information. We discussed the possibilities for new teaching and learning experiences using readily available mobile technology.

Stats on Mobile Technology Adoption and Usage

Videos

Samples

Tips and Tutorials

Tools & Apps

General Mobile LearningResources

Photo Credits (photos shown during presentation)

Photo courtesy flickingerbrad on Flickr

BbWorld 2012 Corporate Keynote

If you are a Blackboard client that missed BbWorld 2012, I recommend taking the time to watch Blackboard’s 2012 corporate keynote to hear firsthand of the innovations Blackboard is planning for the coming year.

20 Lessons Learned from Bad Bosses

I’ve been blessed throughout my career to have worked for some great bosses. As I’ve lately been taking a closer look at leadership principles and best practices while urrently participating in a leadership institute, I stumbled across this great post by Michael Hyatt discussing the value of working for a “bad boss” in which he lists 20 random lessons learned from bad bosses:

  1. Everyone on the team matters. No one deserves to be treated poorly.
  2. Bosses create an emotional climate with their attitudes and behaviors.
  3. The higher up you are, the more people “read into” everything you say and do. Stuff gets amplified as it moves downstream.
  4. A word of encouragement can literally make someone’s week. Conversely, a harsh word can ruin it.
  5. Hire the right people then trust them to do their job.
  6. Don’t ever intentionally embarrass people in front of their boss, their peers, or their direct reports.
  7. Don’t attack people personally. Instead, focus on their performance.
  8. Get both sides of the story before you take action.
  9. Tell the truth; then you don’t have to remember what you said.
  10. Give people room to fail and don’t rub their noses in it when they do.
  11. Be quick to forgive and give the benefit of the doubt.
  12. Measure twice, cut once.
  13. Don’t ever ask your people to do something you are unwilling to do yourself.
  14. Respect other people’s time, especially those under you.
  15. Don’t believe all the nice things people say about you.
  16. Follow-through on your commitments, even when it is inconvenient or expensive.
  17. Don’t be ambitious to get promoted. Instead, focus on serving and doing a great job.
  18. Be responsive to everyone at every level. You never know who may be your next boss.
  19. Keep confidences. Make no exceptions.
  20. Do not complain about your boss to anyone. If you have to complain, then have the integrity to quit.

What other lessons might you add to the list?

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Why mobile learning?

Mobile learning is seen by many as a disruptive technology. This is because it has been identified as a technology which holds great potential to transform the learning and teaching within a classroom. What follows is a mash up presented at the NSWDEC 5th biennial equity conference in 2011 which explains some of the issues.