Episode 39: Talking Smart Toy Based Learning with Dr. Kursat Cagiltay

October 30, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. Kursat Cagiltay who is a Professor in the Department of Computer Education and Instructional  Technology at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Ankara,  Turkey. He is also affiliated with the departments of Game Technologies, Information Systems, Cognitive Science, Neuroscience and Neurotechnology.

Dr. Cagiltay has undergraduate degrees in Electronics from Bogazici University and in Mathematics from METU. He has an MS in Computer Engineering from METU. He earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Science and Instructional Systems Technology from Indiana University.

Dr. Cagiltay has worked as a systems engineer at Sperry Univac. He has also worked at the METU Computer Center, and he directed a technical team for the Turkish Internet Project. Dr. Cagiltay is the founder of two research groups at METU:  Simulations and Games in Education (SIMGE – simge.metu.edu.tr) and the Human Computer Interaction Research Group (hci.metu.edu.tr).

The interview is about the work Dr. Cagiltay has done on toy based learning.  Dr. Cagiltay describes what toy based learning is and how he became involved with it. He shared several projects that he has been working on with his graduate students. Dr. Cagiltay shares interesting insights and ideas about how toy based learning can be an effective learning tool for students with special needs. The interview concludes with advice on how others can get involved in toy based learning.

You can view a video of the Smart Toys/Dress Project by visiting? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQY6TEhZ7Gk

Dr. Cagiltay can be reached via email at kursat at metu.edu.tr .


Episode 38: Talking 21st Century Learning with Dr. Tim Magner

August 28, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. Tim Magner who currently serves as the CIO of the Louisiana State University, Health Sciences Center in Shreveport (LSUHSC-S). Prior to this position, Dr. Magner was the Executive Director for the Partnership for 21st Century Learning.

The interview is all about 21st century learning! Dr. Magner discusses how he is contributing to the transformation process at LSUHSC-S as it moves deeper into a 21st century learning environment. He discusses his prior work at P21, and how he became involved with that organization. Dr. Magner describes the direction he sees P21 and 21st century learning moving. The interview concludes with some excellent advice on how educators can leverage technology to promote student acquisition of 21st century skills and dispositions.

Episode 37 Talking Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students with Dr. Yong Zhao

June 11, 2015

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In this episode, I interview Dr. Yong Zhao who currently serves as the Presidential Chair and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he is also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. He is also a professorial fellow at the Mitchell Institute for Health and Education Policy, Victoria University. He was named one of the 2012 10 most influential people in educational technology by the Tech & Learn Magazine.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 20 books, one being World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students, which is the topic of the interview.

The interview begins with Dr. Zhao discussing how he became involved in educational technology.  Following this discussion, Dr. Zhao discusses what he believes are the greatest challenges to the effective use of educational technology in K-12. We then move into a discussion of his book World Class Learners. He discusses why is the “entrepreneurial mindset” missing in our society in general and among our k-12 population in particular. Dr. Zhao discusses ways in which educational technology can help foster the entrepreneurial mindset with students.The interview ends with Dr. Zhao providing advice for educators about integrating educational technology into teaching and learning.

Dr. Zhao has a new book coming out by Corwin Press titled: Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting the Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes.

To read more about Dr. Zhao’s work, visit http://zhaolearning.com/

Episode 36 Talking Online Teaching and Learning with Dr. Ana Correia

May 4, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. Ana Correia, an Associate Professor in the School of Education and faculty member of the Human Computer Interaction (HCI) program at Iowa State University.  The focus of the interview is online teaching and learning. We spend time talking about a variety of issues related to successful online teaching.

The interview begins with Dr. Correia discussing how she became involved online teaching and learning.  Following this discussion, Dr. Correia discussed the greatest challenges she sees with online teaching and learning. We also discuss ways in which instructors can successfully transition into online teaching. The next topic Dr. Correia discusses the design of authentic learning opportunities that focus on civic-minded practices. She provides several excellent examples of work from her former students. The interview ends with Dr. Correia providing advice for those who are new to online teaching and learning.

To read more about Dr. Correira’s work, visit http://anapaulacorreia.com/. Dr. Correira can be found on Twitter at @correria65 .

Episode 35 Talking Online Distance Education of Post Traditional Students with Dr. Jason Huett

April 28, 2015

In this episode, I talk with Dr. Jason Huett who is the Associate Dean of Online Development and USG eCore. He is also an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology at the University of West Georgia. Dr. Huett discusses his role in developing a state-wide higher education consortium in Georgia that provides a pathway for post traditional students to earn a degree through online distance education. He explains how the consortium was set up, how it operates, and the challenges associated with operating a consortium of this nature. Dr. Huett discusses best practices for designing and delivering online teaching and learning–focusing in on post traditional students. He ends the interview with advice for educator and instructional designers who are working with or would like to work with online students and distance education. Dr. Huett provides numerous insights throughout the interview on how to ensure the success of online distance education programs.

To read more about the USG eCore, vist https://ecore.usg.edu/2014_factbook/2014factbook.pdf (PDF document)
To read more about Dr. Huett’s work, visit  http://www.westga.edu/show_bio.php?emp_id=10709



Episode 34 Talking Teaching Creativity in the Common Core Classroom with Dr. Ron Beghetto

April 20, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. Ron Beghetto. He is an associate professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Connecticut in the Neag School of Education. Dr. Beghetto is an international expert on creativity in educational settings. The focus of the interview is on creativity–specifically creativity in the common core classroom, which is a focus of a recent book he co-authored titled: Teaching for Creativity in the Common Core Classroom (http://goo.gl/IFQ4qi).

The interview begins with Dr. Beghetto discussing the impetus behind the writing of his new book. This discussed led to Dr. Beghetto describing common misconceptions that individuals have about creativity. He provided several examples about how to think about creativity in the classroom–along with how creativity fits with the common core. Dr. Beghetto describes a model of creativity that he and a colleague (Dr. James Kaufman) developed called the 4 C Model of Creativity. He describes how this model is a framework for thinking about creativity. Dr. Beghetto ends with advice that he has for teachers about integrating creativity into the common core.

To read more about Dr. Beghetto’s work visit his site at http://www.ronaldbeghetto.com/

Episode 33: Talking Social Media and Networking in Academia with Dr. George Veletsianos

April 7, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. George Veletsianos, Associate Professor and Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology in the School of Education and Technology at the Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  The focus of the interview is social media and open scholarship in academia. We spend time talking about his latest book, Social Media in Academia: Networked Scholars (Routledge).

The interview begins with Dr. Veletsianos discussing how he became involved in open scholarship and social media use in higher education. Dr. Veletsianos discusses the impetus behind his new book on social media in higher education. He describes the major ideas that are focused on in the book. Following this discussion, Dr. Veletsianos discusses the greatest challenges he sees with open scholarship.  The interview ends with Dr. Veletsianos providing advice about how to get involved with social media use by academics.

To read more about Dr. Veletsianos work, visit http://www.veletsianos.com/ . He has a robust site where he blogs and provides links to his work. Dr. Veletsianos can be found on Twitter at @veletsianos .

My apologies to Dr. Veletsianos for screwing up his title in my introduction! He was kind enough to not correct me.

Episode 32: Talking Social Network Analysis with Dr. John Cowan

January 21, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. John Cowan, Senior Research Associate, Division of Outreach, Engagement, and Regional Development at Northern Illinois University.  The focus of the interview is social network analysis.

If you want to jump right to social network analysis, go to 5:49 in the video.

The interview begins with Dr. Cowan discusses how he became involved in social network analysis. During this discussion, he describes what social network analysis is. Dr. Cowan provides several examples of social network analyses he has been involved with. The interview ends with Dr. Cowan providing advice about how to get involved with social network analysis.

Dr. Cowan discusses several different resources. Here is a listing of some of these resources.

Dr. Cowan can be reached at jcowan at niu.edu

Episode 31: Talking Reinventing Public Schools with Dr. Charles Reigeluth

January 15, 2015

In this episode, I interview Dr. Charles Reigeluth who is Professor Emeritus of Instructional Systems Technology at Indiana University.   The interview focuses on a recent book Dr. Reigeluth wrote titled: Reinventing Schools: It’s Time to Break the Mold.

The interview begins with Dr. Reigeluth discussing the impetus for his new book. He discusses the need for a paradigm-shift in public schools to a focus on a learner-centered approach to education. Dr. Reigeluth describes four roles/skills that teachers need to have in order to be effective in this learner-centered paradigm of education. He goes on to discuss how he sees teacher education needing to change in order to help prepare teachers for this paradigm. Dr. Reigeluth ends by giving advice about fostering a paradigm shift in public education.

You can find out more about Dr. Reigeluth by visiting his Web site at http://www.reigeluth.net/

Episode 30: Talking Instructional Design Competencies with Dr. Bill Sugar

December 15, 2014

In this episode, I interview Dr. Bill Sugar who is an Associate Professor of Instructional Technology in the Department of Mathematics, Science, and Instructional Technology Education at East Carolina University.  The interview focuses on a recent book Dr. Sugar wrote titled: Studies of ID Practices: A Review and Synthesis of Research on ID Current Practices.

The interview begins with Dr. Sugar giving a brief overview of his book and how the idea for the book originated. We discuss the idea of common ID competencies. Dr. Sugar discusses this concept along with the process for organizing ID competencies. The interview ends recommendations Dr. Sugar has about ID competencies.