College Unbound – Challenge Scaling and Sustaining Adult Learning

Lumina FoundationAdult learners are a growing part of the non-traditional student population seeking a college degree. Many of these individuals have significant responsibilities beyond college assignments and they need a flexible learning environment that is emotionally and financially supportive. Equally important to adults is relevant, interest-based curriculum. College Unbound is a high-touch delivery model designed for adults, providing the opportunity to earn a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The goal is to create an online innovation with on ground application and support that builds upon the cornerstones of the current curriculum and increases the accessibility and sustainability of the program.

Project-Based Learning – How to Build a Wooden Canoe

 During the dark Alaska winter of 2013, Seth and I put our minds and hands together to build a wooden canoe. Yes, as you will see, it appears that I did most of the pointing while Seth did most of the work. That would be a fair assessment. This photos are visual proof of the many hours of hard-hands-on work invested in a very worthwhile project.  Building a Wooden Canoe: Project-Based Learning (Photo montage)  

Scenic Shots

Nature is calling Breathtaking sunset Port Royal, South Carolina Walking in our front yard.   [captio A summertime rain approaching.[/caption] In Denali National Forest Sunset Inspiration for Johnny Mercer’s Classic tune Sunset on the Atlantic Intercoastal Waterway Sunset in 

The Most Challenging Environment for Education

 Every teacher in every school in the world faces daily challenges. These include a wide-range of issues from psychological learning disabilities such as dyslexia and dysgraphia, behavioral issues like ADHD, socio-economic status, medical issues such as autism and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), lack of parental or administrative support, lack of resources (e.g. technology), and so on and and so on.  As educators, we should be thankful for these challenges. Yes, thankful. It is these challenges which make us even better facilitators of knowledge. Adaptation, reconfiguring our approaches, seeking long and short term solutions, and expanding our worldview are definitions of intelligent activity. But, what is the most challenging educational environment? Obviously, there are many…too many and a high degree of variance in the population that ranges from the “Savage Inequalities” of Jonathan Kozol’s urban schools, to the upscale private and privileged schools. In a land of disparity, why do we […]

10 Emerging Technologies

 Now, we need some educational applications to support active, enhanced, and augmented learning…

Teaching in Alaska…from Georgia + Google Scholar

 This semester (Fall, 2013) I am teaching two sections of an ONLINE introductory graduate educational research course to students in the furthest reaches of Alaska. Oh, and I’m in coastal Georgia. While the course doesn’t fall into the MOOC category, I currently, I have 44 students. Managing the load of communication is a challenge and there are several design approaches I have incorporated in an attempt to promote a positive learning environment that is conducive for the free flow and exchange of ideas, knowledge, and learning. After all, I took on this course because it is a challengeBecause this is a research course I am attempting to “model” appropriate behavior. I have structured small collaborative work teams, encouraged the construction of an online “community of learners”, and designed assignments which speak to my pragmatic philosophy of education.