Humanizing the Online Classroom

We are delighted to announce the newest project from the Human-Centered Learning Environment Lab, a forthcoming book called Humanizing the Online Classroom: Seeking and Celebrating the Human Experience in Distance Education. For the many educators finding themselves venturing into online learning for the first time, this book offers practical insights Read more…

Why the 7 Foundational Priorities of Modern Education & Instructional Design Must Be Replaced

The modern field of instructional design is a product of an ongoing industrial and technological revolution. As such, it brings with it the priorities of such an era: standardization and uniformity, mass production, efficiency, quantification, centralized power / authoritarianism, mechanization, and applied scientific knowledge (also referred to as technology). These Read more…

Orbiting Academic Hairballs

In Orbiting the Giant Hairball: A Corporate Fool’s Guide to Surviving with Grace, author Gordon MacKenzie writes that a hairball is “policy, procedure, conformity, compliance, rigidity, and submission to the status quo, while orbiting is originality, rules-breaking, non-conformity, experimentation, and innovation.” His book focuses on how people in a corporate Read more…