Visual Planning Tools for Transformative Learning, Change, and Innovation

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Written by Bucky J. Dodd, PhD –


I recently had the privilege of working with a group of professionals who are focused on engaging members of an association. This group initially reached out for help with understanding their current strategic practices and determining how to build on their strengths.

When we began working together, we realized there were several themes we needed to address. In this article, I want to share these three ideas with you and provide an introduction to three visual frameworks that you can use in your classrooms, courses, teams, departments, and organizations. . . .  read more

Unlocking the Secrets of Learning Innovation

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The Institute for Learning Environment Design recently attended the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate conference in Nashville, Tennessee. In addition to catching up with many of our collaborators from other institutions, we also unveiled a new visual analytics tool for accelerating learning innovation called the Learning Environment Innovation Inventory (LEI2). We had the privilege of sharing this tool at a collaborative workshop. . . .  read more

Starting the Intellectual Engine Online

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Picture of Tracey FearlessWriten by Tracy Fairless, M.A., Director of Learning Design, Center for eLearning and Connected Environments –

“Students should be made to grapple with the material and receive authentic practice in thinking like an expert,” said Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and associate director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. In The Chronicle of Higher Education (2012) article entitled “Harvard Conference Seeks to Jolt University Teaching”, Wieman addressed the need for applying new approaches to teaching and learning. There is no mistaking the importance of covering concepts and theories in core undergraduate courses. However, emerging research calls to question the traditional teaching practice of lectures and standard forms of assessment and seeks to challenge professors to place emphasis on questions rather than answers. . . .  read more

Modeling The “Openness” of Learning Environments

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Article written by Bucky J. Dodd, Ph.D., Center for eLearning and Connected Environments-

Openness and Learning Environments

Technology constantly gives us new and exciting ways of enhancing learning experiences. Early digital technologies focused on opening new delivery channels. We continue to see digital learning technologies transform the way we connect and learn from other people. In many ways, we have seen learning environments shift from information focus to socially focused platforms. . . .  read more

The Design of Transformation

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Having the opportunity to work with many education and business organizations, I’ve noticed a common challenge many are working to overcome. This challenge is not necessary the use of technology, the achievement or organizational priorities, or even the talent development of people.

The core challenge is innovation.

The issues of technology, talent, and priorities are secondary to the capacity to innovate and realize new learning value. . . .  read more

Playing Chicken: Knowing When to Adapt Your Teaching Strategy

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Much of my professional research and career interests have focused on planning and designing education and training experiences. While research consistently supports the importance of effective instructional planning, there is also much to be said about mastering the role of adaptability in teaching. In other words, knowing when to change and adapt “the plan” is the art of teaching. . . .  read more

Designing a Transformative Learning Community for Online Learning Excellence

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Screenshot of the Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit homepageApril is poised to be an exciting month for educators in the State of Oklahoma. Through support of the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education, the Council for Online Learning Excellence is coordinating the first Oklahoma Learning Innovations Summit. This “blended” learning summit is aimed at helping educators share effective practices and knowledge about how to promote excellence in teaching and learning. . . .  read more

Scaling Transformative Learning Using eLearning

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The connections between transformative learning and elearning are rich and create an environment prime for innovation and learning excellence. eLearning is a broad term used to describe the use of technology to empower and support learning experiences.

eLearning strategies can provide unparalleled access to transformative learning experiences through the use of technology. While access and scale are important factors in today’s educational environments, the quality and value of learning experiences should be a primary driver for innovation. Even still, there are practical needs to scale transformative learning opportunities across organizations and elearning offers one mechanism to engage individuals and Girl writinglarge groups of people in transformative learning experiences. . . .  read more

Exploring Applications for Blended Learning

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Recently, the preview of the 2017 NMC Horizon Report was published listing emerging trends and issues facing higher education learning environments. One of the “short-term trends” highlighted in the report was exploring blended learning designs. Blended learning is the process of combining multiple learning spaces, such as online or classroom spaces, in a single unified learning experience. This approach allows educators and learners to leverage the “best of” online and off-line learning experiences. . . .  read more