ASTD TechKnowledge 2012 Learning Reflection

The attendance of this conference provided a great deal of perspective of the direction for our university’s online team and curriculum in the crucial next year or so as we realize a new growth through our two new masters degrees and now bachelors of science in nursing for current RNs. Undergraduate degrees have become patterned for us to develop quickly, but the BSN-RN provides a new challenge with a special practicing field that has an audience with much more specific … [Read More]

Instructional Design Applied to Agile Coaching

Agile coaching requires observant facilitation with an ability to engage learners actively. This parallels almost identically with accelerated adult learning at the university level. “Guide on the side” instead of “sage on the stage” is a common mantra necessary for all effective facilitators to embrace when motivating adult learners. There are scores of interactive instructional strategies that not only provide relevance to the learners, but also allows for quantifiable assessment of the learning growth. However, for this post, I will … [Read More]

Effectively Using Social Media in Academic Settings

A major challenge is finding effective strategies to stimulation social learning for online adult learners. Twitter and Facebook both have good reputations as social networking sites, but utilizing either effectively in an academic environment is more challenging. Literature provides many excellent insights to ensuring academic implications for Twitter, and explains how to differentiate educational networking from social networking. Johnson (2010) discusses that often educators desire a social environment for their students, but fall into a trap rife with potential inappropriate actions … [Read More]

Applying Network Analysis to Social Media Relationships

My doctoral efforts on a thesis about social change has led me to the edges of the network analysis world, and how practical applications of it can be utilized to improve our understanding of social media relationships.

Reducing Attrition for Online Learners

Despite the growth for online and asynchronous learning, there remains a very high attrition level as well. This can be attributed to a number of things, but the most commonly identified in research include low self-efficacy or self-regulation, as well as a lack of external or internal motivators. While researchers have been kind enough to identify the biggest obstacles educators have to overcome, the strategies to overcome such difficulties are not always so obvious. Hee Jun and Park (2009) developed … [Read More]

Applying Agile to Curriculum Development

Agile in a university setting can sometimes be an oxymoron. However, it can successfully occur within university administration, as I have personally experienced. Specifically in the context of the online education team, agile tools were bastardised to give curriculum designers increased productivity and improved motivation. This allowed the designers to provide better quality and cutting edge courses in less time. The online educational team implemented and shared a personal kanban, dropped job descriptions, and saw massive improvements throughout. Scrum was … [Read More]

Connectivism: A Digital Social Learning Theory

Connectivism is best grasped as social learning theory rebranded for the digital age and communities of learning within that age. As a result, the theory’s principles remain steeped in social learning theory, while its application is adjusted for modern technology and the uniqueness of online communities. It is a difficult concept to truly investigate as it is still in development and there is much unknown about it. However, a guiding concept of connectivism is that it is a learning theory … [Read More]

Case Study: Kanban in Online Group Learning

It is exciting to see this long-planned study become action! Please see my website and check out the case study developed so far for the background. There is a downloadable PowerPoint that outlines the value of kanban in academic online group learning settings, as well as a downloadable essay that I wrote to provide context and planning for this case study. Meanwhile, here are the Cliff Notes of the project:

Practice-Oriented Discussion Structure

It was asked that I provide some concrete examples of the practice-oriented style of discussion guidance, something that was discussed in a previous blog post where Baran and Correia (2009) reported four design paradigms that an instructor used in practice-oriented style facilitation approach. The basic premise of practice-oriented style of discussion guidance is to not have the discussion encompass only the reading, but also provide the student’s own contexts and experiences. For example, the situation below involved students who were … [Read More]

Adult Learning Motivations

Understanding adult learning motivations must be grounded in the understanding of adult learning theory. The doctoral theses I write are called Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs). The first 30 pages represent the theoretical underpinnings that support or discredit current practices. A minimum 15 resource bibliography of current practices written in the past five years is then required followed by a 20-25 page literature essay that connects the theory and practice. Following that is a proposed experiment, case study, or research project … [Read More]

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About Marian

My passion is centered around ensuring effective learning experiences that improve people's lives. Developing a learning mindset is my ultimate goal whether working with academic programs or corporate training; formal or informal learning practices. It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.