We believe that non-fiction storytelling happens outside of journalism. You can bring together artists from a variety of backgrounds and pair them with technologists, and build entirely new storytelling experiences.… Read More


University professors are debating the use of “trigger warnings” in syllabi. The problem is that actual triggers, such as those related to Post-Traumatic Stress Syndrome, have no scientific connection to “trigger warnings.”… Read More


One of the most-read pieces I’ve written, “Why Boys Can’t Read” explores the science behind how we teach (and don’t teach) our boys to love literature.… Read More


Three years ago, I became the director of Ball State University’s Digital Media Minor, an interdisciplinary program meant to teach students a variety of digital skills. At the time, we offered our courses in traditional classrooms; however, I believed that it made more sense to teach these digital skills in digital environments and so I… Read More


I love my online courses, particularly now that I’ve taught them enough times to understand the concerns of my students before they happen. For many, the idea of taking a course without the professor standing directly in front of them can be a bit daunting. Throw in some unfamiliar technology such as Google+ Hangouts and… Read More


As a teacher, I spend a great deal of time contemplating what learning means. On a basic level, we can likely agree that it involves increasing an individuals knowledge and enabling that person to apply that knowledge in a new way. Where it gets a bit murkier is when I begin to try to measure… Read More


I’ve long ago given up arguing with people who say it’s not imperative to understand the history and philosophy of network software tools in order to use modern tools effectively. I disagree with their point of view. Certainly their lack of historical understanding doesn’t preclude them from using modern tools, but it radically decreases the… Read More


Earlier this week, I was talking with colleagues about Blackboard, the educational content management system we use. For those who aren’t teachers, Blackboard is a system where professor distribute course document, e.g. syllabus, assignments, give quizzes, provide feedback, and deliver grades. One recurring issue I’ve long heard discussed is the “uploading” problem, which works like… Read More


I’ve been teaching a version of my Introduction to Social Media course since 2002. Throughout the years, I’ve vacillated between a course on thinking and a course on building a social website. After years of experimenting, I’ve finally settled on a course that explores how we can use social technologies to think better (with a… Read More