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Microaggressions, “Coddling”, and President Obama

I was eight or nine. I was playing with my little brother at the playground adjacent to the apartment complex where my family lived. My mother and father were at a round of tennis nearby. Up to a point, the afternoon was peaceful and clear; but a ruckus disrupted that calm. A sudden and large[…]


Digital Pedagogy: A Case of Open or Shut

This post was originally published on September 24, 2014 on Keep Learning. Recently, there has been some lively debate online about whether devices like laptops, tablets, or phones should be allowed in classrooms. As well, during a digital pedagogy workshop that Jesse Stommel and I presented at Lewis & Clark College, discussion arose around whether students should[…]


A Manifesto for Community Colleges, Lifelong Learners, and Autodidacts

This post was originally published on Hybrid Pedagogy. As some are raised a Catholic or an atheist or a vegetarian, I was raised an academic. The university always had about it a mystique, a cloud of mystery and veneration. Lauded in my household were the values of objectivity, critical thinking, close reading. As early as the[…]


Decoding Digital Pedagogy, Pt. 1: Beyond the LMS

This post was originally published on Hybrid Pedagogy. We are not ready to teach online. In a recent conversation with a friend, I found myself puzzled, and a bit troubled, when he expressed confusion about digital pedagogy. He said something to the extent of, “What’s the difference between digital pedagogy and teaching online? Aren’t all[…]


Author! Author!

This post was originally published as part of an online lecture in my Digital Composition course at Marylhurst University. What, on the web, is real? In his long explication of the “red circle” (pages 67-71 of Uncreative Writing), Kenneth Goldsmith demonstrates the multiple ways in which a simple phrase can be interpreted. I see that these[…]


Striking the Set

This post was originally published as part of an online lecture in my Digital Composition course at Marylhurst University. Words are active and affective in concrete ways … this is where things get interesting: we aren’t hammering away on typewriters; instead — focused all day on powerful machines with infinite possibilities, connected to networks with[…]

Bill of Rights

A Digital Learning Bill of Rights

In August of 2012, shortly after Jesse Stommel and I ran MOOC MOOC for the first time, I found myself on a call with Udacity founder Sebastian Thrun. To be honest, until Sebastian had innocently posted a comment on the profile page of my web site, I knew nothing about him. He’d seen a piece[…]