Episode 28: Talking Quest-Based Learning with Dr. Chris Haskell

November 21, 2014

In this episode, I interview Dr. Chris Haskell. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor at Boise State University in the Department of Educational Technology. Dr. Haskell is an expert in game-based learning.  Dr. Haskell is one of the developers of 3D Game Lab (http://3dgamelab.org/): “a gamified content creation and student tracking platform where teachers can design and share quests and badges to create personalized learning for their student.”

The focus of the interview is on quest-based learning. Dr. Haskell describes what quest-based learning is. He discusses how quest-based learning can be implemented in K-12 and in higher education. Dr. Haskell talks about what quest-based learning can do for teaching and learning. The interview ends with Dr. Haskell providing advice for educators and instructional designers about the implementation of quest-based learning.

For more information about quest-based learning and blowing up the grade book (I highly recommend both videos), visit the follow resources:

  • Blowing up the grade book: An Ignite11 Portland Presentation

You can also read more about Dr. Haskell by visiting http://www.drchrishaskell.com/ 

Episode 19: Talking Quality of Distance Education Courses and Programs with Dr. Ross Perkins

Episode 19: March 11, 2014

In this episode, I interview Dr. Ross Perkins from Boise State University. He is an associate professor in the Department of Educational Technology (http://edtech.boisestate.edu/). Dr. Perkins discusses his work with examining the quality of distance education courses and programs. In the interview, he describes how he and his colleagues examined the standards regarding the quality of distance education from 17 international and US based education accreditation agencies . Dr. Perkins described  five major commonalities that the agencies shared regarding what constitutes quality distance education. The interview ends with advice he has for instructional designers who do work in distance education course and program design and development.

To view the paper Dr. Perkins interview focuses on, visit http://www.uwex.edu/disted/conference/Resource_library/proceedings/46776_2011.pdf

You can view other work from Dr. Perkins by visiting http://works.bepress.com/ross_perkins/

Episode 3: Talking Social Presence with Dr. Patrick Lowenthal

Episode 3: December 9, 2013

In this episode, I interview Dr. Patrick Lowenthal who is an assistant professor of Educational Technology at Boise State University. Dr. Lowenthal discusses his about research on social presence in online teaching and learning. He provides an excellent description of what social presence entails and how it can be a “messy” construct. Dr. Lowenthal provides guidance about why social presence is important for online teaching and learning.

Visit his Web site at http://patricklowenthal.com/
He can be found on Twitter @plowenthal

Additionally, here are direct links to various resources Dr. Lowenthal discussed.

Social Presence
http://www.patricklowenthal.com/publications/socialpresenceEDOLpre-print.pdf

The Evolution and Influence of Social Presence Theory on Online Learning
http://www.patricklowenthal.com/publications/evolution_social_presence.pdf

The power of presence: Our quest for the right mix of social presence in online courses
http://patricklowenthal.com/the-power-of-presence-our-quest-for-the-right-mix-of-social-presence-in-online-courses/

Problems Measuring Social Presence in a Community of Inquiry
http://patricklowenthal.com/research/problems-measuring-social-presence-in-a-community-of-inquiry/

Tweeting the Night Away: Using Twitter to Enhance Social Presence
http://patricklowenthal.com/publications/Using_Twitter_to_Enhance_Social_Presence.pdf

Defeating the Kobayashi Maru: Supporting Student Retention by Balancing the Needs of the Many and the One
http://www.educause.edu/ero/article/defeating-kobayashi-maru-supporting-student-retention-balancing-needs-many-and-one

Dr. Lowenthal’s work Web site can be found at http://edtech.boisestate.edu/patrick-lowenthal/