Info Literacy Learning Community – Week 5 Newsletter

People walking across a street crosswalk in a large city.
I’ve converted the curriculum for the fifth (and final) week of this info literacy learning community into this newsletter covering the people facing issues from all the topics we’ve studied. This post is divided into three sections that you can review and study at your leisure during the week. Background During our time together, we’ve explored many issues involving […]

Gamification and Game-Based Learning QA Whitepaper

Fountain pen laying on a notepad on a wooden table.
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 […]

Changing Domain For A WordPress Website in 3 Steps

Laptop computer nearly closed with light from the screen illuminating the keyboard.
Today, John and I moved the eXperiencePlay website from xp.keeganslw.com to experienceplay.education. I was worried this process would be cumbersome but I was pleasantly surprise when we succeeded after a few minutes of research and work. Prerequisites Before initiating the domain change process, I registered experienceplay.education on Namecheap, pointed the Name Servers at my Reclaim Hosting … Continue reading Changing Domain For A WordPress Website in 3 Steps

To Pell Or Not To Pell, Paying The Price – Ch 3 Reflection

Golden Gate Bridge disappearing into the fog.
This chapter certainly stirred a bit of fire in me. In particular, I spent a lot of time wrestling with this ethical question about the current state of the Pell program: Are we doing students from low-income families a service by funding part of their college expenses or a disservice by giving them false hopes? … Continue reading To Pell Or Not To Pell, Paying The Price – Ch 3 Reflection

Stories from Paying the Price – Ch 1 Reflection

Book laying open on the table. The words are too blurry to see.
“The democratic community cannot tolerate  a society based upon education for the well-to-do alone. If college opportunities are restricted to those in the higher income brackets, the way is open to the creation and perpetuation of a class society which has no place in the American way of life.” – The Truman Commission (1) The … Continue reading Stories from Paying the Price – Ch 1 Reflection

My Vision (and Search) for a Connectivist Graduate Program

Studens throwing their graduation caps to form a semicircle in the air in front of a sunset.
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

iPadpaloozaOU Proposal

I am looking forward to iPadpaloozaOU this fall! iPadpaloozaOU is a local conference being cohosted by the Gaylord College of Journalism and the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma and is being organized by my friend and colleague, Anne Beck. What sets this conference apart for me is that it seeks to engage both pre-service teachers and … Continue reading iPadpaloozaOU Proposal

GOBLIN as Open Educational Resource (OER)

This post is written by guest blogger John Stewart. John is the Assistant Director of Digital Learning at the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Oklahoma and my collaborator on GOBLIN. While the thought of gamifying an entire class or even elements of a class will be daunting for many, GOBLIN also includes more universal and applicable concepts. … Continue reading GOBLIN as Open Educational Resource (OER)