Fulbright in Hungary

I am excited to spend a semester at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Central European University (CEU), as a Fulbright Scholar this year! I look forward to collaborating with Drs. Helga Dorner and Sally Schwager, and to teaching in the program for “Excellence in Teaching in Higher Education” for doctoral students across disciplines.

Online program rankings

We received exciting news as we began the spring 2017 semester. For the second year in a row, the University of Florida College of Education was ranked #1 for online graduate programs in education by US News! Feels great to be part of a program that is recognized for its quality. Read more about this…

Quality online teaching

Much of my work in 2016 has focused on quality in online education. I continue to primarily focus on online mentoring in graduate education, but continue with prior work on the measurement of online program impact and the implementation of quality online programs. Dr. Florence Martin at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte led our…

OER and MOOCs

Sometime ago I had the privilege of interviewing the German and Austrian conveners of the MOOC COER13 after it was first offered, about how they collaboratively designed the MOOC. What constitutes “open” in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) movement, the role of open educational resources (OER) in MOOCs and MOOCs as OER are several…

Dissertation guiding principles

The analysis of dissertations and the development of guiding principles for quality dissertations has been one of the most fun and productive projects that I have worked on with Dr. Kara Dawson in the last few years. We earlier published an article in TechTrends based on An analysis of professional practice Ed.D.¬†dissertations in Educational Technology,…

SISLT at Mizzou

Just returned from a stimulating visit with Dr. Isa Jahnke and her team at the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies at the University of Missouri. The LexMizzou (Learning Expeditions) project that will offer an interactive expedition of the University of Missouri is fascinating and will feature among the Augmented Reality cases of the…

Superior Accomplishment Award

Excited and honored to receive the Superior Accomplishment Award for Academic Personnel in Division Three at the University of Florida. I am grateful to all those who nominated me for it!

The Learning Lab, Duisburg-Essen

I spent two weeks of my professional development leave this fall (2015) at the Learning Lab, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany.¬† Drs. Michael Kerres, Michael Rehm and Tobias Hoelterhof organized my visit, which gave me the opportunity to interact with multiple lab members, participate and present in a seminar and conduct an instructional design workshop. The…

Completed dissertations!

This has been a busy year for dissertation mentoring with six of my doctoral candidates writing their final chapters. I have attempted small group mentoring online during the proposal stage before, but this time I tried a very structured approach to online dissertation mentoring as a combination of small group mentoring and one-on-one mentoring, with…

DDD2015 at Umea, Sweden

Conferences are always fun and valuable because one meets old colleagues and collaborators and gets to know new ones. The DDD2015, Digital Didactical Designs conference at Umea University, Sweden on June 3-4 was a tremendous learning experience in terms of the content and the wonderful people I met. I was here for the 1st conference…