Approaching Design: The Questions I Ask

Approaching Design: The Questions I Ask

I innovate with technology to create learning pathways that thrive. Increasingly, to connect is to learn.  To share is to create knowledge. How we inhabit our digital spaces matters. To maximize results and create more with less, I map transformational learning experiences and environments that empower. I also optimize projects by streamlining workflows and communication channels to build stronger organizations.  

DigPed to DigPed

DigPed to DigPed

I’ve attempted more than once in the last month to write a reflection of my experience on Prince Edward Island at the Digital Pedagogy Institute. My intention was to document my learning, share lingering questions and prepare for going down the rabbit hole of ANOTHER Digital Pedagogy Lab in Virginia starting tomorrow.

But the DNC happened and it got personal. And the RNC happened before that. And I got a new job that had me packing up 10 years of Portland, Oregon life and moving back to the East Coast.

When an hour or an evening came to write said blog post, my heart consistently sank. My thoughts become vastly irrelevant when yet another surrendered black man was shot and recorded live on a phone, or another mass-scale terrorism attack filled my digital feeds. Grief takes time so does meaning-making.

When an Existential Crisis Turns Into "Awesome"

When an Existential Crisis Turns Into "Awesome"

I often come out of Bryan Alexandar's Future Trends Forums feeling like my world is turned upside down. Just when I think I understand what the future holds and how to guide those I work with to embrace it, a new mind shattering notion gets seeded.  

As the arbiter of the Learning Management System at a biomedical university, I never thought to design learning experiences outside of it. Until I started a blog and opened a twitter account.  Now I have a love affair with the future.  It is both sobering and exciting to contemplate how teaching and learning will evolve in my life time. Privacy, access, privilege, bias, literacy, agency, ownership are all words swimming in my lexicon now when I dialog and write about the intersection of technology and learning.