Monthly Archives: November 2014

The Miniature Guide to Critical Thinking Concepts & Tools, 7th edition | Critical Thinking

This miniature guide, which has sold more than half a million copies, is widely used in teaching and learning, in personal and professional life. It distills the essence of critical thinking into a 24-page, pocket-sized guide. It introduces the interrelated complex of critical thinking concepts and principles implicit in the works of Richard Paul and Linda Elder. This guide is widely used at the college level. It can be used as a critical thinking supplement to any textbook or course. 


A critical thinking supplement from the mind(s) of Richard Paul is a slam dunk stocking-stuffer for the reflective practitioner.


Holy proliferating MOOCs! A review of MOOCs and their assessment tools

Tony Bates: 

Chauhan, A. (2014) Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCS): Emerging Trends in Assessment and Accreditation Digital Education Review, No. 25 For the record, Amit Chauhan, from Florida State University, has reviewed the emerging trends in MOOC assessments and their application in supporting student learning and achievement. – See more at:


Moocs now have more nuances and new names than a good juggler could keep up in the air.  Pull up your three legged stool and delve into this research overview from Tony Bates.

George Siemens: Dual Layer Mooc? Interesting Spin.

You recently launched the DALMOOC, which you created with a focus on improving the social experience of learners – can you tell me a bit about the structure and format you have chosen?

We call it a dual layer MOOC, but we don’t mean that in a binary sense, it’s more like saying there are two pathways to take. You can either take a structured pathway – the way that you see with a lot of MOOCs that are run, say, on Cousera or edX – and that’s a heavy teacher focus with guidance. As in, you click through to the next level.

We’ve created a second level that we’re calling more of the ‘social layer’ and we’re basically asking students to engage with one another and to create artefacts that reflect their understanding and to share those artefacts.

In the learning process we need different cycles of scaffolding – there are times when you come across a new idea completely and you can’t really create and socialise around it effectively because you just don’t know anything. So, there may be a cycle by which the learner follows a traditional structure or pathway but as soon as they become more confident they move into social and more emerging formats. In a way they’re oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social.


The actual title of this article is: “

George Siemens: ‘Students need to take ownership of their learning’

I focused on Siemens design of multiple pathways through a MOOC.  His description of the design as “oscillating between these two elements of the MOOC: structure and linear versus emergent and social.” triggers some interest. 

Social engagement in any online class is a precious and memorable experience. 

Mindfulness, Gratitude & Appreciation=Thankfulness

From Ozzie Gontang:

Laura Fine taught me what it means to have an Attitude of Gratitude. Appreciation has been shared by so many patients who have been part of the Healing Hearts and Lifestyle Change Program at Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. These gifts have been shared so deeply by my family and friends over the years. Today I am mindful of the love of my family as Kip and I visit Erin & John, Allison & Takaki this Thanksgiving here in Boston.


Thank you Ozzie for mindful reminder on this national day of Thanksgiving! 

My heart has been healed.

My lifestyle has changed.

I am thankful for all that you do.

~ Dennis

e-Jobs: Full-Time Online Registered Nursing Instructor

Minimum Qualifications: Current Arkansas State Board of Nursing Licensure as a registered nurse; plus a Master’s degree in Nursing required. Recent experience with development and instruction of online courses. Recent clinical experience. Other job related education and/or experience may be substituted for all or part of these basic requirements, upon approval of the Qualifications Review Committee.

Preferred Qualifications: Certified Nurse Educator (CNE) credential. Experience teaching online and with using clinical simulations. Recent teaching experience at an ACEN accredited registered nursing program.