Connectivism: A Digital Social Learning Theory

Connectivism is best grasped as social learning theory rebranded for the digital age and communities of learning within that age. As a result, the theory’s principles remain steeped in social learning theory, while its application is adjusted for modern technology and the uniqueness of online communities. It is a difficult concept to truly investigate as it is still in development and there is much unknown about it. However, a guiding concept of connectivism is that it is a learning theory … [Read More]


Personal Kanban Impact on Self-Awareness

Another busy quarter has come and gone! You may be thinking “but the quarter doesn’t end until December!” It is easier for my life to run on the quarterly world of Walden University that is set a full month off and before the normal calendar quarter. This is quite helpful since getting a doctorate certainly wipes out much of your life. Since you don’t want a negative attitude towards something that requires such a time investment, I choose to go … [Read More]


Case Study: Kanban in Online Group Learning

It is exciting to see this long-planned study become action! Please see my website and check out the case study developed so far for the background. There is a downloadable PowerPoint that outlines the value of kanban in academic online group learning settings, as well as a downloadable essay that I wrote to provide context and planning for this case study. Meanwhile, here are the Cliff Notes of the project:


Practice-Oriented Discussion Structure

It was asked that I provide some concrete examples of the practice-oriented style of discussion guidance, something that was discussed in a previous blog post where Baran and Correia (2009) reported four design paradigms that an instructor used in practice-oriented style facilitation approach. The basic premise of practice-oriented style of discussion guidance is to not have the discussion encompass only the reading, but also provide the student’s own contexts and experiences. For example, the situation below involved students who were … [Read More]


OpenSpace Phoenix Reflection

My first OpenSpace experienceandexposure to Scrum was fantastic at the very awesome environment at Gangplank in Chandler, Arizona. Alyssa quickly knocked out my initial grumpifications of wanting the bottom line immediately in the Scrum Workshop by making me realize that the journey of discovery with open-minded co-collaborators was as valuable (if not more) than the actual objectives of the learning.


Adult Learning Motivations

Understanding adult learning motivations must be grounded in the understanding of adult learning theory. The doctoral theses I write are called Knowledge Area Modules (KAMs). The first 30 pages represent the theoretical underpinnings that support or discredit current practices. A minimum 15 resource bibliography of current practices written in the past five years is then required followed by a 20-25 page literature essay that connects the theory and practice. Following that is a proposed experiment, case study, or research project … [Read More]


Emotions of the Adult Learner

This may sound like it is something relevant only to academic curriculum and settings. It’s not! Adults, whether in at work learning on the job, in professional learning, or in school, experience emotional fears.


Summer Review

As an adult educator, it’s a constant focus to implement self awareness techniques and future oriented strategies for motivating adult learners. However, as a typical human, it’s easy to make one self exempt from “the message”. Implemented personal kanban has really improved my personal abilities for self-reflection, and as such, immediately see the connection point between my small triumphs this quarter that directly apply to my big picture goals. It is good to feel the results of my own efforts … [Read More]


Effective Discussion Leading

It is often assumed that the purpose of the online discussion forum is to replace the interaction available in face to face learning environments, but Levine (2007) suggests that it provides constructivist learning and community development that is not necessarily present in onsite learning. The connection between constructivism and community development is the construction of knowledge through collaboration. While this is a higher level of learning than the lower taxonomies of acquiring and understanding, it also provides a higher responsibility … [Read More]


Kanban in University Setting

While the flow provided by Kanban is something that provides advantage to any process, implementing it in a command and control environment poses challenges due to superiors requiring proof of effectiveness before implementation. Additionally, the concept of flow that can be visualised in a variety of ways can be difficult to grasp for more traditional minds.


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My passion is centered around ensuring effective learning experiences that improve people's lives. Developing a learning mindset is my ultimate goal whether working with academic programs or corporate training; formal or informal learning practices. It is my belief that our potential for agility is limited only by our capacity for learning.

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