The Unofficial Guide To Unofficial Conversations At #OLCInnovate

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Serving as the Innovation Lab Chair for #OLCInnovate this year has allowed me to uncover many of the conversations that will take place at the conference. These discussions are hosted by individuals, informal groups, and satirical entities and shed light on the nuances of conversations that will take place this week at #OLCInnovate. Innovation Lab […]

3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Making A Twine Game/Story

Twine, flowers, orange, and scissors on a wooden table.
So you’re looking at Twine for choice-based storytelling and/or game design? When I was learning Twine there were three major things I wish I’d known at the beginning (probably more but lets start with 3 for now): 1) The Technology – creating with Twine can be as simple as just using [[double brackets]] around words to […]

3 Things I Wish I’d Known Before Making A Twine Game/Story

Twine, flowers, orange, and scissors on a wooden table.
So you’re looking at Twine for choice-based storytelling and/or game design? When I was learning Twine there were three major things I wish I’d known at the beginning (probably more but lets start with 3 for now): 1) The Technology – creating with Twine can be as simple as just using [[double brackets]] around words to […]

iPadPaloozaOU 2017 Reflection

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As another iPadPaloozaOU comes to a close, I’m struck by how lucky I am to have access to this excellent local conference. Bravo to Anne Beck for being a force of nature when it comes to organization and the effort required to bring together students (pre-service teachers), K-12 instructors, professors, educational technology folks, administrators (and […]

Gamification and Game-Based Learning QA Whitepaper

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Recently, I was given several questions as part of a whitepaper prompt covering gamification and game-based learning to submit to the InSync Blended Learning Hub (thanks Phylise!). I’ll be treating these questions informally and only plan to give off-the-cuff responses (no additional research happening here this time!). Alright, here goes nothing: Q1) How do you define […]

Australia Adventures – How My Domain Helped Me Get A Job

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I’ll be heading to Australia to help RMIT University with their Canvas LMS transition. Since I just finished supporting the University of Oklahoma’s year-long transition from D2L to Canvas, I’m looking forward to taking what I’ve learned over the last year and using it to help RMIT use Canvas to its full potential. My goal […]

Website Spring Cleaning

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Yesterday I changed from my original WordPress theme, Twenty Fifteen, to Cover. So far I’m liking the minimal design of Cover and how the blog roll page presents post excerpts rather than the full text of each blog post. In addition to this visual overhaul, I’m sifting through my old blog post drafts and deleting […]

My #OLCInnovate 2017 Journey

Lego bricks on a black table cloth.
As I write my thoughts (a lot more than originally intended) on the plane home, I’m struck by the fact that my face is rather sore from laughing and smiling so much during #OLCInnovate. Not sure if this is any indication of the last several months or the sheer fun I had at #OLCInnovate? The … Continue reading My #OLCInnovate 2017 Journey

Academic Technology Expo 2017

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Friday, January 13th was the sixth annual Academic Technology Expo (ATE) at the University of Oklahoma. ATE is one of my favorite local conferences because there’s an emphasis on instructors presenting the tools they are using in their classrooms. This helps me gage and pursue various technologies and use cases that interest faculty. Not to mention, ATE … Continue reading Academic Technology Expo 2017

My Vision (and Search) for a Connectivist Graduate Program

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For the last year, I’ve been contemplating graduate school. I’m still researching and evaluating various programs around the world, but I wanted to take a second and reflect on what I desire from a graduate program. I have many answers to this question, but let me expand upon this idea: I want a graduate degree program where students teach … Continue reading My Vision (and Search) for a Connectivist Graduate Program