Quick & Dirty: ET4Online Day 3

Day 3: Notes, Ideas, Topics & Tools to Explore

from the Online Learning Consortium’s 8th Annual Emerging Technologies for Online Learning International Symposium

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Thought Vectors in Concept Space: Plenary with Gardner Campbell, Virginia Commonwealth University

Campbell is the Vice Provost for Innovative Learning and Student Success at VCU and is embedded in the college’s ALT-Lab, whose mission is worth a gander:

“ALT Lab models and inspires connected learning for a networked world through faculty development, student engagement, communities of practice, and technology enhanced active learning. We cultivate distinctive experiences of deeper learning fostered by high engagement for student success.”

I’m into it.

Topics to Explore:

  • Technologies of emergence
  • Learning objectives as counter to emergent learning
  • Course sites as choose your own adventure
  • “Easter eggs” (little funny things to discover and find) scattered throughout the course site to reward curiosity

This topic of emergence and design has been the stickiest topic for me from the conference, in terms of what I’m still thinking about two weeks later. More to come on that in an upcoming post.


  • Canva: Amazingly Simply Graphic Design Software
  • Reclaim Hosting: Reclaim Hosting provides educators and institutions with an easy way to offer their students domains and web hosting that they own and control.
  • Ram Pages: Rampages.us is a community of learners focused on furthering connected learning and digital engagement.

The Messy Session on Messy Learning

Whitney Kilgore of University of North Texas, Robin Bartoletti or NCTC, Bonnie Stewart of UPEI, Amy Collier of Stanford, Joyce Seitzinger of Academic Tribe, Giulia Forsythe of Brock University and Maha Bali of American University in Cairo

Topics to Explore:

  • Not-yetness
  • Extroverted learning
  • Lean startups
  • Academic Tribe
  • Women in Tech Meet-Ups

Pro-tip: Put unexpected nodes in your network that you can learn from.

Open Badges and the Future of Custom Credentials: Kyle Bowen and Megan Kohler of Penn State

  • Badges granted for participation and skills
  • As a way to unify student experience: curricular, extracurricular, cross curricular, open curricular
  • Low-level badges combine for mid level skills badges, then one uber badge
  • Criteria for developing badges: Clarity, completeness, conciseness
  • Think about: How will learners share the information?
  • Think about: Have to evaluate everything you create a badge for

Tool: Open badge design platform for detailed learning experiences: http://badges.psu.edu/create-a-badge/

Odds and Ends


  • EdTech Garage: The product of our collective imaginings, designed to aggregate all the awesome stuff we’re doing
  • Tackk: Creative tack-board-like social network
  • To come in 2016: Teacher Tank Reimagined
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