Social Needs and Learning

I have been reading up on theories about social needs, and my favorite one so far is Baumeister and Leary’s 1995 article” The Need to Belong: Desire for Interpersonal Attachments as a Fundamental Human Motivation.”  It is a tad long, so be forewarned.  What Baumeister and Leary do in this article is to survey the… Continue reading Social Needs and Learning

Dispatch from #dml2011: Designing Learning Futures

It is quite early here in Long Beach, but I am still on EST, so I am taking advantage of my early rising to tap out a blog post here in the deserted vestibule where registration took place yesterday. Then, of course, it was a different story. The place was abuzz with interesting conversations and… Continue reading Dispatch from #dml2011: Designing Learning Futures

#Jobs4Phds or Finding a Job Outside of Academia

Yesterday, the MSU Grad School hosted an event called “How to Find a Job Outside Academia, Even if You Aren’t Sure that You Want One.” The speaker was Dr. Susan Basalla, co-author with Dr. Maggie Debelius of “So What Are  You Going to Do with That?” Finding Jobs Outside Academia. Clearly, this whole question has… Continue reading #Jobs4Phds or Finding a Job Outside of Academia

Using Digital Storytelling to make research compelling

On this site, I’ve been creating a Research Development Portfolio as part of my coursework for the doctoral program in Ed Psych, Ed Tech at Michigan State University.  This is my first semester, so I am tasked with beginning my journey as an academic and researcher.  For this particular assignment, I was asked to utilize… Continue reading Using Digital Storytelling to make research compelling

Motivation interview with Paul Oh

In CEP 900/930, we were tasked with creating an audio interview that demonstrated motivation in learning.  Here is my interview with Paul Oh, senior program associate with the National Writing Project. I chose to interview Paul Oh for many reasons.  First and foremost, he is one of the most motivated learners I know.  He is… Continue reading Motivation interview with Paul Oh

EPETerrific: a reflection on my first days

It is hotter than July outside and I am finally digging myself out from an intense two-week introduction to my EPET hybrid program at Michigan State University.  A number of my friends and colleagues are considering the program themselves, so I thought I would give a peek into what I have experienced since starting the… Continue reading EPETerrific: a reflection on my first days