Congratulations to Dorian Brown

I wanted to give a quick shout-out to a doctoral student of mine, Dorian Brown.  She has been selected by our IDT faculty as the outstanding doctoral student for this year.  She will be presented with the award at our university’s annual honors assembly in April. If you happen to know Dorian, please give her


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A special thank-you to some gracious former students

I have awesome students.  It’s a simple truth.  I will admittedly get bogged down and discouraged along the road during a semester about what my students aren’t learning, aren’t accomplishing, or aren’t living up to, blah, blah, blah.  But there are times when I am poignantly reminded that my students are great and they are


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Research & Theory Division of AECT will host a short webinar on submitting a conference proposal

I wanted to let everyone know (and please share this, too) that I will be hosting a short webinar for folks who are interested in finding out more about submitting a proposal to the Research & Theory Division of AECT.  This webinar is co-sponsored with the AECT Graduate Student Assembly!  The Research & Theory Division



Free webinar: Learning Analytics – Potential & Principles

The Research & Theory Division of AECT is hosting our next professional development seminar.  Here are the details, and I hope you’ll plan to attend. Scheduled on Feb 6, 2014 at 1:30pm (EST) Invited speaker: Dr. Ryan Baker (http://www.columbia.edu/~rsb2162/) Topic:  Learning Analytics – Potential and Principles Abstract Increasingly,  students’  educational  experiences  occur  in  the  context


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Here’s something I wouldn’t expect: Slideshare’s 1%?

I received an email yesterday that I didn’t ever expect:  I was notified by Slideshare.net that my content on Slideshare is among the top 1% of most viewed on SlideShare in 2013. Wow! I continue to be surprised by how many folks have viewed and appreciate my slide decks and handouts that I have put




AERA SIG-IT awards extended to January 24

The Instructional Technology SIG of the American Educational Research Association is pleased to extend the deadline for our awards submissions. So, you’ve still got time to submit an application for one of the AERA SIG IT awards, including: Best Paper Award, Early Career Award, and Best Student Paper Award. The deadline has been extended to




New book chapter: Making Personal and Professional Learning Mobile

I’m proud to announce that I will have a new book chapter coming out soon.  The most exciting part of this chapter was getting to work with my colleague Yu-Chang Hsu at Boise State University.  Yu-Chang and I were part of a panel discussion at AECT a couple of years ago, and our research interests




Quick reminder: Nominations for Distinguished Teaching Award due soon

I just wanted to follow up on a notice I posted a few weeks ago about nominations for the Distinguished Teaching Award at the University of Memphis. The deadline is approaching, and I wanted to be sure and make you aware that this is a great opportunity to recognize the outstanding teaching, mentoring, and course



A quick post about QRcodes from iSpring

It is no secret that I am a fan of iSpring’s tools (particularly the free one!).  I regularly use them in my online courses to produce narrated Powerpoints that convert to Flash for embed into my course web pages. I’m hoping to find the funds to upgrade to the iSpring version that will also let




Workshop on QR codes & augmented reality

Later today, I will be conducting a professional development workshop for teachers in our area and particularly those in the Shelby County Schools district. While I’ve been using QR codes for a while, the augmented reality apps I have only dabbled in.  So, I have spent quite a bit of time working through these to




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