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 21: Talking Creativity with Dr. Jonathan Plucker

Episode 21: April 1, 2014


In this episode, I interview Dr. Jonathan Plucker who is a professor in the Departments of Educational Psychology and Educational Leadership in the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut. Dr. Plucker is a international expert on creativity. He discusses a wide-range of ideas about creativity–what it is, how it can be fostered, and how technology factors into creativity. Dr. Plucker provides excellent insights and advice for instructors at all levels about how to help students reach their creative potential.

One of the key ideas that Dr. Plucker discusses is constraints. He described how putting constraints on ourselves (and on our students) can affect the creative process. Dr. Plucker ends the interview with advice for helping foster creativity.

Dr. Plucker discussed his work with the Partnership for the 21st Century Skills. This is an excellent resource to explore for those interested in how educational technology and higher order thinking skills combine to bring about positive changes to teaching and learning.

You can find out more about Dr. Plucker by visiting his Web site at http://jplucker.com/ . You can also visit Amazon at http://amzn.to/Pramrn to view books he has written. One of Dr. Plucker’s books I have particularly enjoyed is Essentials of Creativity Assessment.