#JALTCALL2017 Virtual Plenary | Design thinking: Going from practice to theory and theory to practice

It was an honor to be a virtual plenary at the JALTCALL 2017 conference last night. JALTCALL is a Special Interest Groups (SIG) of JALT (Japan Association for Language Teaching) for educators and researchers who share an interest in digital technology and language learning. Unfortunately, I was unable to make it in person – but we were able to coordinate …

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Thank you UGS200H!

It’s hard to believe another semester is in the books! Over the 2016-17 academic year, I had the pleasure of working with 10 amazing undergraduates (along with Jeff & Bill) in UGS200H. UGS 200H = Undergraduate Honors Research Seminar. This was my first opportunity to co-facilitate a freshman research seminar and work with undergraduates, and …

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Week 1 Reflection: Online Presence and Public Scholarship Working Group

In committing co-facilitating the Online Presence and Public Scholarship Working Group, I’ve also committed to meta & in-process reflection on the process so we can gather data and evidence to provide to the MSU Academic Advancement Network nodes as they’re engaged in finding ways to develop communities of practice that integrate across related disciplinary clusters …

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Is Educational Technology a Discipline? Let’s talk.

Yesterday this tweet: Follow Erin Kae @Erin11Kae Why It’s Time for Education Technology to Become an Academic Discipline — Campus Technology https://campustechnology.com/articles/2016/09/19/why-its-time-for-education-technology-to-become-an-academic-discipline.aspx … #MSUepet 9:54 PM – 25 Sep 2016 Retweets 44 likes Prompted this brief twitter conversation (click on the timestamp to see the conversation): Follow Carmen Richardson @edtechcarmen The “process of teaching needs to …

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Eight Lessons (we learned yesterday) for Running a Design Thinking Workshop

Over the past 9 months I’ve been stretched in new directions as a facilitator of workshops which are organized around design thinking frameworks.  I’m no stranger to workshop facilitation, and, do my best to make workshops interactive (see QuickFire challenges). Entrenching myself in design thinking frameworks has given me a new perspective and tool for …

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#OLCInnovate 2016

Oy, it’s the end of the semester and time is flying! Two weeks ago I attended my first OLC conference – OLC Innovate in New Orleans. It was a fantastic experience.  We had quite a few MSU faculty, staff & graduate students in attendance and it was a rare opportunity to hang out with colleagues …

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SITE 2016 Recap #siteconf #SITE2016

Last week I was honored to attend another SITE conference in beautiful Savannah, Georgia. SITE is always a wonderful opportunity to share work and to connect with colleagues.  This year, I was involved in two presentations – supporting work by the extremely talented Spencer Greenhalgh & Josh Rosenberg and presenting alongside our incredible MSU Urban …

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Prepping for #DLRN15

Next week I’m headed to the The Digital Learning Research Network (dLRN) conference at Stanford.  The theme of the conference is Making Sense of Higher Education: Networks and Change. From the website: This conference will be of interest to researchers, academics, and practitioners who are exploring the many nuances of the complex and uncertain landscape of …

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39 forever

Ten years ago I posted this to my blog:   Well 29 year old Leigh, the past 10 years have been very eventful. I have: finished a PhD become an aunt to 5 amazing human beings traveled to places I never imagined I would go: UK, Ireland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Poland, China, India, …

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Thank you MSU WIC #ald14

This is my 5th year blogging for Ada Lovelace Day.  It’s a wonderful exercise in celebrating women in science, technology, engineering and maths. This year I would like to celebrate a group of women here on campus at MSU – the MSU Women in Computing (WIC) group.  They are a phenomenal group of young women …

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