I am currently pursuing a Masters in Technology, Innovation, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. I studied English Literature and Cinema Studies at Northeastern University as an undergrad.
In between Northeastern and Harvard I worked for a higher ed textbook publisher. Last year I decided it was time to start thinking about going back to school. Digital products were becoming more and more of a presence in our publishing plans and as a non-techie, I wanted to learn more about what's out there and how it can be used to promote learning. I think that technologies have a lot of potential as learning tools, but I also come into the program with a degree of skepticism and concern about "technology for technology's sake."
I have three main areas of interest that I want to investigate while at Harvard: learning the theory that would allow me to develop more effective educational technology/media products back at a traditional publishing company or new media publisher; informal learning for children; and online/computer-based training for adults in the workplace. I'm excited to branch out and explore a bit of all these areas this year.
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Hope you're enjoying the winter break. I was wondering if you have any 2ndary education contacts who would be interested in participating in a nationwide Vocab Video Contest @ MIT. We're trying to get the word out as much as possible because the more videos we get, the more helpful we can be!
You can view contest details at BrainyFlix.com Please let me know. Thanks!
Gosh, Cheryl, you bring an interesting perspective to higher ed. As head of the Digital Media program at Central Ohio Technical College, I've been growsing for years about the lack of current as well as pedagogically-sound textbooks. Traditional publishing takes so long, it seems, that the best that can be done is "this is how the software works" material. Cengage's "Exploring" series has been our choice for the beginning classes, but we quickly move away to our own material.
As part of the hands-on exploration process in our first-quarter "Intro to the e-Life: the evolving Web" class, our students created a blog to discuss their educational/learning experiences. We've decided to keep it live and see where we could go with it, trying to investigate the changing role of technology (and instruction) in education at all levels. I like to invite you to check out the blog at http://weboflearning.blogspot.com and offer some of your own insights.