Posted on May 17, 2019

Confessions of a SMECWID V: Leaving the Ivory Tower

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Painting of the Tower of Babel, Cropped Square

By Tom Armbrecht As regular readers of the “Confessions of SMECWID” series already know, I changed careers in 2016 when I stopped being a French professor and became an instructional designer. In the eyes of some my former university colleagues, my resignation meant that I effectively switched teams when...

Posted on Jul 09, 2018

Confessions of a SMECWID 2: The Message in the Medium, or Thinking Outside the LMS

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In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message. This is merely to say that the personal and...

Posted on Jun 22, 2018

Confessions of a SMECWID 1: The Loss of the Live

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One must start from that which is barely knowable but knowable to oneself and try to know what is knowable without qualification, passing, as has been said, by way of those very things which one does know. —Aristotle, Metaphyics   As someone who does research for HotChalk’s Learning Design...

Posted on Jun 01, 2018

Teaching Controversial Materials in the Online Classroom: Forbearance, Turpitude, or Learning Opportunity?

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Two mouths fighting with tongues like fists

“I never teach my pupils, I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.” —Albert Einstein, US (German-born) physicist (1879 – 1955), no original source given   As news and social media make readily apparent today, almost any subject can be controversial. In fact, contentious debate...