Never in Stone

We have a plan of content and guests but things will be fluid. The main point is that we are meeting Monday to Friday from 8am to 1pm. I plan to leave very little homework between sessions so expect everyone to participate actively during our time together.


  • 8:00am to 8:30am – Getting settled, ensure you join our Facebook Group
  • 8:30am to 9:30am – Guest Speaker – Dave Cormier
  • 9:30am to 10:00am – Reflective Activity
  • 10:00am to 10:30am – Break (please be back before the break ends)
  • 10:30am to 11:30am – Setup of your Blog, we recommend (Use a new clean blog for this)
  • 11:30am to 12:30pm – Video content in class
  • 12:30pm to 1:00pm – Questions from you and discussion as a group.

Monday Guest Speaker Video Link and Bio

Dave Cormier is an educational researcher and speaker on Open Learning, MOOCs and the impact of technology on the future of education. At the University of Prince Edward Island he has lead student retention, academic planning, domestic recruitment, first year advisement and is currently leading New Student Orientation and Web Communications.
Taken from the source of bio

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Tuesday  (Note the later end time)

Tuesday Guest Speaker Video Links and Bios

Laura Gogia is an MD (Obstetrics and Gynecology) and PhD (Educational Research and Evaluation). Her CV outlines her skills and accomplishments and if she wrote it well, you’ll come away from it knowing she is passionate about digital learning spaces and creative approaches to educational research and design. You’ll know that she loves connecting and collaborating with people.  You’ll know that she is a digital scholar with a strong dedication to the philosophies of open, networked, and connected learning.
(Modified for third person from Laura’s home page).

Lee Skallerup is a Instructional Technology Specialist at the Division of Teaching and Learning Technologies at the University of Mary Washington, specializing in the intersections of technology, pedagogy, and collaborative learning. She is also managing editor of their DTLT Blog.
Lee has worked in public higher education for almost 20 years, in two countries and four states, primarily at regional, teaching-focused universities, before moving into faculty development.
(Modified for third person from Lee’s home page).

Amy Burvall has been a humanities teacher for over 20 year and is a leader in educational technology, with a focus on creativity and visual thinking. In 2014 she embarked on a new adventure with John Kao’s EdgeMakers as Vice President of Academic Affairs, developing curriculum in the field of Creativity and Innovation. Amy is well known for her YouTube channel “History for Music Lovers”, which features history-based parody music videos with over 12 million views, has appeared in Wired magazine, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, and international blogs and media. She was privileged to present at TEDxHonolulu 2011, has given Ignite talks at SXSWedu and ISTE, and keynoted at The Association for Advanced Computing in Education, CUE E-Learning E-Learning Symposium, Alan November’s Building Learning Communities, as well as internationally. She was named Webmaker Fellow by the Mozilla Foundation and was a featured artist in the “Art and Culture of the Web” track at Mozfest 2014 in London. Amy’s presentations and professional development workshops often explore topics in Creativity, Remix Culture, and Visual/Media Literacy.
(Bio provided by Amy, you can find more on her “metaphorlio” on her site).

Alan Levine is recognized for expertise in the application of new technologies to education. A pioneer on the web in the 1990s and an early proponent of blogs and RSS, Alan shares his ideas and discoveries at CogDogBlog. Among his recent interests are new forms of web storytelling (including 50+ Web 2.0 Ways To Tell a Story, pechaflickr, and the StoryBox), as well as leading and teaching the open digital storytelling class, ds106.
He typically fills time consulting with higher educational institutions on digital technologies and the affordances of the open web working with a variety of higher education institutions and organizations such as the Virginia Commonwealth University, Universidad del Sagrado Corazón, The Open University, Digital Media Lab, and Mozilla. In addition he develops open web-based tools shared openly on Github. Sometimes people even invite him to visit and keynote and stuff.
(Taken from Alan’s bio page)


Wednesday Guest Speakers Video Link and Bios

Autumm Caines is a liminal space. Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture, she likes spending time at the place where differing disciplines intersect.
She is the Associate Director of Academic Technology in the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching at Capital University in Columbus Ohio and she just earned a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University in Educational Technology. Autumm is deeply involved in the Virtually Connecting movement and uses her work in Virtually Connecting to explore questions of virtual presence, conversation, spontaneity in virtual environments, networking, and professional development.
(Direct from Autumm’s page)

Dr. Bonnie Stewart is an educator and researcher fascinated by who we are when we’re online. Her work investigates the intersections of knowledge, technology, and identity, and what networks mean for institutions. She is interested in networked scholarship, digital literacies, the tensions between open and closed learning practices, and the changing realities of contemporary higher ed. Her research explores issues of equity, influence, and vulnerability in digital networks and digital publics, and the implications of social media models for learning.
(Modified for third person from Bonnie’s home page).

Sundi Richard. “As an instructional designer / collaborator, I am intrigued with the world as a classroom and the learning that can happen both in personal and public spaces. I advocate for teaching and learning in the open when possible and encourage faculty to explore their digital identity as a way to start developing digital pedagogy.” (direct from her page)


Thursday Guest Speaker Video Link and Bio

Maha Bali is an Associate Professor of Practice at the Center for Learning & Teaching at the American University in Cairo (AUC). She is a full-time faculty developer and also teaches creative educational game design to undergrads (She used to also teach ed tech to teachers but hasn’t done so for a few semesters now).
She is co-founder of, co-founder & co-facilitator of Edcontexts, , editor at my favorite journal, Hybrid Pedagogy and blogger at Prof Hacker. She is also International Director of Digital Pedagogy Lab.
In a nutshell: She is a learnaholic, writeaholic & passionate open and connected educator. She tweets. A lot.
(Modified for third person from Maha’s home page).


Friday Guest Speakers Video Link and Bios

Diego Zavala – I´m a Mexican media researcher, I have been working with interactive documentary for a few years. Thanks to a national grant from my university, Tecnologico de Monterrey, I was able to go to New York as a visiting researcher at the Met Media Lab. I am part of a project led by Red Cross, Brown Institute at Columbia, and the Met to address climate change. The three main components of the proposal are to work with food, data visualization, and art from the permanent collection at the museum. My collaboration is to develop an interactive documentary about a navigational chart that is part if the AAOA exhibition. My last conference presentation was at Visible Evidence XXIII. The communication´s title was: “Maps, Data Visualization, and the Indexical Link in Web Documentaries”. I´m currently working on a paper about Mexican judicial system and documentary.
(Bio directly from Diego, can check out the webpage for Diego).

Rebecca J. Hogue is a PhD Candidate (Education) at the University of Ottawa, in Ottawa Canada, specializing in learning technology and faculty development. She has a professional background in instructional design and software quality assurance. She holds a Master of Arts Degree in Distributed Learning (Distance Education), and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Science. Her passion is for creating innovative education solutions. Her PhD research involves looking at the educational affordances of illness blogs. She teaches (online) instructional design for online courses at the University of Massachusetts-Boston.
In June 2014, she became a breast cancer warrior. This unexpected twist in her life helped her to highlight her desire to explore connected communities such as #rhizo14, and how education and our life experiences are enhanced through connections. She gives back to the connected cancer community by facilitating a free online course at In addition, Rebecca is Co-Founder of Virtually Connect – a grass roots movement to help make academic conferences more accessible through informal online conversations.
(Modified for third person from Rebecca’s home page).

Helen DeWaard Blogging buddy, Virtual buddy, Onsite buddy, Twitterati & participant. I’m a long-time learner in digital spaces, coming out of the shadows of my introversion to share in virtual communities. In my alter-time I teach at the Faculty of Education with Lakehead University in Ontario, Canada. I focus my teaching energies to digital and media literacies, critical digital pedagogy, digital storytelling, professional eportfolios and infusing professional practice with effective technology use. I’m a graduate of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) with an M.Ed focused on technology and special education. A portfolio of learning (My Renovations) was completed for the Masters of Educational Technology, University of British Columbia. I am a voracious reader of mystery, fantasy and all good works recommended by friends and family. I walk and wander where and when I can. Global travel is an infrequent event but always a welcome opportunity. I blog at Five Flames 4 Learning and reside digitally at