Leaping through the information cycle

The information cycle covers information creation and use over time.  A TV series can serve as a case in point. When Quantum Leap first aired, people saw the commercials (for ex. mattind69v3, 1989/2013) and read the reviews (for ex. Haithman, 1989).  Magazines covered the show during its run: Maclean’s, for instance, reported on a controversial Read More…

Icebreaker time

By Gmhofmann (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Soon we’ll be welcoming students, and students will be welcoming each other.  Many schools have posted lists of icebreaker activities.  Lansing Community College (2015) has an especially well-referenced list .  Such lists favor face-to-face activities.  For online icebreakers I recommend–ironically–a book, Engaging the Online Read More…

Professional development in community

Image by Katarina Caspersen (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons As grateful as I am for the conferences I get to attend, they are not the only form of professional development.  This week I’ll salute another form, the learning community. The ERIC Thesaurus (2008) scope note defines communities of practice as “Groups Read More…