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Rob Reynolds
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We're launching our first #ILEDStudio  event today (iledlearn.wordpress.com), and the theme is "Implementing Open Content in PBL." In honor of this auspicious event, I decided to do a design challenge of my own related to personilzation in online learning environments. Lucky for me I was able to simply do a diagnostic model of +Laura Gibbs Myth-Folklore course.
Today’s learning environment design challenge was prompted by a discussion I read in the online course we’re currently offering on Learning Environment Modeling.
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Fantastic!
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I love this approach. Making revisions and editing meaningful. It reminds me of the work you do with your student blogs +Laura Gibbs. 
Motivate students to revise their writing through self-publishing fiction, creating podcasts and YouTube videos, writing blogs, corresponding with others, and anything else for an authentic audience.
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SO TRUE! I have seen several pieces about revision the past few days which makes me really happy. That's a conversation I would love to have at OU about any class that has writing: what kind of revision process is supported (usually none)... and what are the best ways to support a revision process. Having students go to the Writing Center is just not going to accomplish the kind of change that we need. I've been disappointed that so much of the emphasis with Canvas has been on the "speedgrader" ... we don't need more grading; we need more revision! :-)
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It's always best to begin creating our e-learning solutions by asking questions about "who" and "why." This reflection, along with our actual experience design, should (ideally) precede questions about "where" and "which LMS."
All too often our discussion about e-learning becomes a constraint exercise that begins with the following question – “What learning management system (LMS) are we going to use?” The problem with this question is that it nec...
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Really great presentation by Laura Gogia on #connectedlearning.
On Friday May 6, 2016, I had the honor of giving the keynote address at University of Edinburgh’s eLearning@Ed: Making Connections. Here is a close transcript (minus a couple of slip ups and ad lib…
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I had a blast yesterday working with our visiting Fellow from Bangladesh, Ratul Dev. We spent time working on an elearning project he could take back to his country after his fellowship ends. All I can say is, thank goodness for #LEM and #LEML
Yesterday I had the pleasure of sitting down to chat with Ratul Dev, our visiting Fellow from the US Department of State Professional Fellows Program. Ratul is with NextThought for three weeks, and he and I are exploring how...
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I attended an inspiring instructional development training for faculty at OK State last week, and wanted to share some of my observations.
 
#professionaldevelopment #oklahoma
I have enjoyed teaching and have celebrated good teachers as long as I can remember. Not surprisingly, this has led to a long-standing interest in the techniques that others use to provide effective instruction in their cours...
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This is another reminder of how we may want/need to rethink language learning/instruction in schools and Higher Ed. What is the purpose of that instruction. Is it possible that language acquisition can/should be less about learning a new language and more about gaining perspectives on meaning? How about a "language across the curriculum" program like we have attempted to do with writing. Perhaps we should be embedding language acquisition activities elsewhere rather than as stand-alone activities.
Nearly 800 million people see those translations monthly.
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I really liked it. She works on dyslexia but her review of the history of writing systems is very impressive, and also very up-to-date!
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Thanks to +Larry Ferlazzo for sharing this. I'll add no comment other than to say that this is what is fueling my new secret project to combine open and languages to show that we need to be approaching languages in an entirely new and different way in higher education.
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A week from now, Bucky Dodd and I will be launching our free course -- Introduction to Learning Environment Design. We've put a good bit of thinking and work into this, and I thought it might be helpful to share more about the course and how we're using Learning Environment Modeling to facilitate exploration in Learning Environment Modeling.
We’re a week away from the launch of the first course in The Institute for Learning Design’s (ILED’s) new certification program for Learning Environment Architects: Introduction to Learning Environment Modeling. The focus of...
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Again, it's more than time to reassess completely the how/what/why of language acquisition in formal education. Still incredibly important, I believe, but not as currently taught or practiced.
 
Google just made its translation app a whole lot smarter. Thanks to a new update, announced Wednesday, you can now use Google Translate within other apps on Android phones. When you copy text in a foreign language it will automatically bring a little pop-up that lets you translate it on the fly as well as translate responses, all without exiting the original app.
Google just made its translation app a whole...
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I say: let the machines do what they are good at, and we can do what we are good at... so much goodness that way! :-)
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This is one of those times where people only get to see the beginning of something. Unfortunately, no one gets to see all of the work goes on for months to launch a project like the Institute for Learning Environment Design. I will be writing and tweeting about this a great deal in the coming weeks but, for now, suffice it to say I'm thrilled this project is off the ground!
 
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My latest post on Learning Environment Modeling takes a look at how to increase student engagement in math education. I take a look at +Dan Meyer's  recent presentation at 2016 NCTM, and model his proposed strategies for "developing the question."
Dan Meyer gave yet another thought provoking presentation about math education at the recent 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting. His talk transcends math education – it provides excellent tips for any instructor interested in learner ...
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    I work with the talented team at NextThought to develop a unique, online course delivery solution designed for connected learning. As a company, we are committed to making a difference by creating a next-generation platform that allows people to teach and learn through interactivity, collaboration, and rich, connected content.
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I'm an educational technologist and product designer with a unique perspective derived from decades of experience as a technologist, faculty member, administrator, educational publisher, educational content distributor/retailer, and industry analyst.
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  • University of Texas at Austin
    Spanish, 1985 - 1992
  • Abilene Christian University
    Spanish, 1977 - 1981
  • Texas Tech University
    Spansih, 1981 - 1983
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