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3 Effective Ways to Help Your Employees Learn on the Job
The new world of work needs new learning
Growth is surging in 2021 — and The Wall Street Journal predicts employers may struggle to hire...
How learning supports talent development in 2021
Social Learning: Found Wanting, Until Now
Learning and development isn’t just sitting through content anymore. “Social and collaborative” is...
Add “Social Distance” to your conferences and education!
I hope this finds you healthy and connected with people that are important to you. It won’t be easy...
NextThought Announces The Family Network
(In the initial version of this post back in February, we introduced our vision with the title,...
A Partnership for Learning Environment Design
Early last August, I attended a workshop on Learning Environment Modeling (LEM) and was inspired to...
A Bright Future for Faculty Development Training in Oklahoma
I have enjoyed teaching and have celebrated good teachers as long as I can remember. Not...
Connected Learning as a Solution for Occupational Shifts
Still fresh off a great learning experience at last week’s digitalNow conference for associations,...
Parable #11: The Invisible Lesson
The Prime Minister for a certain country had just returned home from the most important event in...
When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 3
This is the third article in a three-part series on shifting product models in Higher Education....
Parable #10: The Two Dresses
The Queen of a certain kingdom, needing a new evening gown by the end of the month, decided to hold...
Weekly Update: It's an Open and Closed Future
When I write a weekly update like this, I always begin by looking for a theme in the articles and...
Open, Closed, Or...?
There are times when I think all the tactical talk about Open and Closed learning environments and...
Parable # 9: The Story of the Beautiful Meal
The beautiful meal A wise woman was making her way through a distant land and she came upon a...
When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 2
(This is the second article in a three-part series on shifting product models in Higher Education. ...
When Content Is No Longer the Product: Part 1
What do publishers – whose stock and trade has always been content – do when content is no longer...
One Key to Ubiquitous Affordable Content: Metadata Designed for Distribution
Much of our current work with Oklahoma universities and colleges on behalf of the Oklahoma State...
Connecting the Dots for Affordable Content in Oklahoma
Over the past week, there have been a string of intersecting articles on OER and digital content...
Ten Reasons to be Excited about Open and Affordable Content in Oklahoma
We’re starting our #Open TeachingOU / #OpenOK Twitter chat series for the semester this Friday at...
Santa Fe South — A Vision for Eliminating Math Remediation in Higher Ed
It takes a village, or better yet, a community. Chris Brewster, the Superintendent at Santa Fe...
Making Learning Content Affordable in Oklahoma
(Note: Within the context of this post, affordable content is defined as “free, at-no-additional...
From Cohort Learning to Alumnification at Oklahoma Christian University
Recently, I’ve started sharing concrete examples of how we at NextThought are using a...
The Power of Collaboration for Advancing Online Education in Oklahoma
For almost six months, NextThought has been working with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher...
Are Our Content Models Worthy of Binge-Learning?
A recent New York Times article talked about the new streaming entertainment channels created by...
Oklahoma State's Farm to Fork: A Modest MOOC Proposal
Oklahoma State University is gearing up to offer, for the second time, its Farm to Fork course – a...
Learning Efficacy through #Growthmindset and Connections
Last Friday I was flying back from the Online Learning Consortium in Orlando and – hooray! – my...
Selected Resources for Promoting Student Engagement
My recent work on student engagement – including our NextThought Power of Connections course and a...
Creating Powerful Learning Experiences: Big XII TLC Keynote
[The following is the script from my keynote address delivered at the Big XII Teaching and...
Connecting Learners to the Real World
Dan Myer wrote a nice post this week on modeling with mathematics. In his post, he designed a...
Six Important Tips for Designing Student Engagement Activities
Currently, there are a number of effective models circulating that show how easy it is to offer...
Connected Learning Is Mobile Learning
Connected learning is about placing learners at the center of their learning networks and helping...
Reinforcing Collaborative and Connected Learning with Social Media
Join us for our #NTPoC Twitter chat this Thursday at 10:00 AM CDT. We'll discuss re-imagining our...
Weekly Briefing: Interesting Back-to-School Trends
My wife recently went to the law school bookstore to purchase a book she'd studied while in law...
Connected Learning Through Community
The participants in our Power of Connections learning experience are exploring student engagement...
Opening up Our Conversations for Student Engagement
I wrote a post yesterday on our Power of Connections course blog about how we're exploring...
Teaching Engagement by Teaching out Loud
This week marks the kickoff of our Power of Connections open course on student engagement.
Branching Narratives, Interactive Learning, and Open Storytelling
Reading about the new full-motion video (FMV) gameHer Story this week, definitely set me on a...
What Do We Talk About When We Talk About Student Engagement?
This is an honest question because, listening to people in education circles discuss the topic, I'm...
Custodians of Connections
Two weeks ago I interviewed the inimitable Kerry Magruder for our upcoming interview series, The...
Creating Communities Beyond the Class Cohort
In the first part of my career as an educator, I was preoccupied almost exclusively with a single...
e-PD Episode 11: Time Management 1
Easy tips to follow to help you manage the time you spend on your online course well!
Parable #8: The Man with Two Sons
A certain father wanted to provide his son wise counsel for choosing a profession in life. With...
Designing for Connection: Helping Students Get Lost
For anyone with a smartphone or a smart watch or smart glasses, or anyone who is attached in some...
The Serendipity of Connection
Learning. The serendipity of connection. Like the kind that happens when you head to New York to...
e-PD Episode 10: Color Choices
This video will assist you in making color choices that will make your video more visually...
Weekly Briefing: Is the Future About Technology or Learning?
In January, 2003, I was sitting in a hotel lobby in New Orleans talking to Jon Stowe (now President...
The Promise of Connected Learning
Rob Reynolds, Ph.D. Chief Product Officer, NextThought
Dark Matter and the Uncertain Future of EdTech
My experience at the 2015 ASU+GSV Summit last week reminded me of this great post on Dark Matter by...
e-PD Episode 9: Imagery and Animation
This video helps you with using imagery and animation to make your video great!
Weekly Briefing: Mapping the Future of Higher Education
Wouldn't it be great if we had a complete map that shows the future of Higher Education? Instead,...
A Textbook, What Is It Good For?
On Friday, we'll have our next #OpenTeachingOU Twitter Chat. The topic for this session will be...
What Is Connected Learning?
As a company focused on Connected Learning solutions, it's not surprising that the most common...
Parable #7: The Best Bread in the World
A certain young woman lived at the foot of the Pyrenees in a small village in Southern France....
Making Learning Content Affordable (Part 2)
In Part 1 of this series, I identified what I believe to be the primary obstacle to reducing or...
Requirements for Making Great Connections
Last Friday, I participated in a panel on "Creativity and the University" as part of an event tied...
e-PD Episode 8: Video Styles
Weekly Briefing: The Price of Learning Materials
Evidently content is still king when it comes to education. But what does or should it cost? For...
Parable #6: The Little Stream
There was a certain man who owned a large farm and, in one section of that farm, ran a sizable...
Making Learning Content Affordable (Part 1)
Affordable content is a choice. It's a choice that many students have made in recent years as...
How Learning Connections Extend the Traditional Boundaries of a Course
This power of learning connections was re-emphasized for me this weekend when I read Phil Hill's...
e-PD Episode 7: Quality Video and Sound
In this episode we share a number of helpful tips and tricks to help make your educational videos...
Parable #5: The Woman and the New Bicycle
A certain woman decided one day that she would begin competing in triathlons. She had been a...
Three Priorities for Sustainable OER in Higher Education
Last week's inaugural OpenTeachingOU conversation was a big success, and we're looking forward to...
Unlocking the Potential of Connected Content
Nick Shackleton-Jones references this image to talk about the future of learning. In it, we move...
Join Us Today for #OpenTeachingOU
Open is a celebration of choice, and a triumph of community. It's about the freedom to create,...
e-PD Episode 6: Struggling Students and Creating Mentors
This video is designed to provide useful tips to help struggling students become successful in your...
New Land Academy: Connecting Learners to Personal Freedom
When I was a child, I loved it when my mother sang to me, and one of my favorite songs was, " I...
We live in a world of retouching. We boost and smooth photos. We enhance audio with sonic zones. We...
e-PD Episode 5: Meaningful Interaction and Rewards
This video will help you create and maintain meaningful relationships with your online students, as...
Weekly Briefing: What do We Keep and When do We Innovate?
I like new, shiny objects as much as anyone, and the current object of my eye is the Hemmingwrite...
Parable #4: Your Time is Now
The Starship Intrepid has just left dock for open space. The captain stands on the bridge. An...
The UnTextbook as a Path to Open Pedagogy
Some days, "open" means that someone left the cover off the rabbit hole and you go tumbling down it.
Making Great Connections through Production
One of the key learning and design principles of connected pedagogy is "production" — learners...
Know Thyself, EdTech Product!
We dream. We design. We code. We market. We innovate. We project. We tweak. We hire. We evolve. We...
e-PD Episode 4: Availability and Feedback
Being available and providing meaningful feedback are two key elements in creating a successful...
Parable #3: Knowing Your Store
It's a beautiful day. On the corner sits a candy shop. Outside the shop is a neatly-painted...
Eight Qualities of Open Pedagogy
A week ago, I got into one of those spontaneous Twitter discussions with two of my good friends...
The First Connection
Great connections happen when people are willing to share honestly and truthfully, when they have...
e-PD Episode 3: Student Relationships Part 2
This video presents useful strategies for developing positive relationships with students in an...
Parable #2: Rearranging the Furniture
A certain woman received a letter saying that she had inherited a house from a distant relative. ...
Important Themes and Dreams for Open Content
There are strong indications that the various components of open education will continue to gain...
The Unbearable Messiness of Learning Connections
"When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object." ― Milan Kundera, The Unbearable...
e-PD Episode 2: Student Relationships Part 1
This episode will provide you with strategies to develop positive relationships with your students.
Weekly Briefing: Pivots, MOOCs and the Difficulties of Change
Watching companies pivot or change their business models can be fascinating.
Parable #1: Getting out of the Way
Imagine a man driving a rented moving van down a major highway that leads toward the downtown area...
What I Got Wrong (and Right) about Digital Learning Materials Back in 2012
Back in 2012, I released a book with the auspicious title, The Future of Learning Content ( free...
Weekly Briefing: Is This Change Real or Just Another Prediction?
It's that time again. Everyone is squeezing in their predictions about the three, or five, or...
Weekly Briefing: Interesting Futures for Education
It seems that Chegg has decided to ditch the textbook rental business in favor of its...
e-PD Episode 1: Overview
In this first episode, trainers Meleah Meadows and Chris Kalinski provide a brief overview of e-PD,...
Five Assumptions about Why Learning Connections Matter
Certain aspects of the human journey are universal enough that we generally place them in the...
At NextThought, Learning is about Connections
Welcome to the NextThought blog. My name is Rob Reynolds and I want to welcome you to our...
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