Computer and book sit on a desk with a cup of tea.
Computer and book sit on a desk with a cup of tea.
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Published on Feb 19, 2014 on SlideShare

Presentation formatting slightly mangled in upload. Was originally designed for Keynote. Contact me for the original. Discussion about why we integrate digital or online learning tools into the classroom centered on access to learning with some discussion of ways to approach this that do not compromise the effectiveness of the classroom or coursework. Presentation has been offered in some form at TXDLA 2011 and at various university faculty days, most recently at Waukesha County Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin.

Digital learning because access to learning

  1. Digital Learning Teaching to the Future David Gibson, Director of Solutions Engineering, Blackboard
    Greetings! My name is David Gibson. I currently lead a team of Solutions Engineers for you at Blackboard. Our mission is to make sure you have the information and resources to be successful as an institution and as instructors. I came to Blackboard more than three years ago after two decades in educational technology with content publishers and Microsoft. I came because I saw a shift happening. Blackboard is more than just a vendor of a single software solution. We are a vendor of software solutions, but we are first and foremost about solutions. And not just any solutions, but solutions in education.
    Today I want to discuss the significance of these digital technologies in the learning space. I’m not here to talk about online courses. I’m not here to talk about MOOCs. I’m not here to talk about the disintermediation of instructors. Quite the contrary. …

Sunrise over Prague, Czech Republic. Dark landscape with the first hints of orange and red layering up to streaks of cloud.
Sunrise over Prague, Czech Republic. Dark landscape with the first hints of orange and red layering up to streaks of cloud.

Sleep is elusive /
But dawn offers up hope, light /
And autumn glory.

Originally posted to social media 2019–09–30 is a photo of sunrise from my room at the Corinthia Hotel Prague in the Czech Republic.


NEW BEGINNINGS

As a green young seminarian, I had the good fortune to be allowed to join my classmates in the University of Dallas tradition of having the sophomore class spend one semester at the UD Rome campus. …


Sun rises over Lake Washington with gold and orange between black and gray of the water and land and the purple blue sky.
Sun rises over Lake Washington with gold and orange between black and gray of the water and land and the purple blue sky.

Rising light reflects /
Glory of a day that is. /
There is only now.

Originally posted to social media 2019–09–12.


ARE WE REALLY DOING THIS?

Expectations are a funny thing. The Buddha tells us that they are the source of suffering. We would have suffered a great loss if we had not gone on this safari.

Safari conjured up many half-formed ideas and most of these were relatively negative. …


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An evening is fine /
With my beloved driving /
About this city.

Originally posted to social media 2019–10–06.


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Grand fountains glow in fading evening light.
As memory is renewed in moments.

While not a Haiku, it is a stab at iambic pentameter, so consistent with constraint on expression. Originally posted to social media 2019–10–19.


Two dogs snuggled together in a bed tucked under a desk.
Two dogs snuggled together in a bed tucked under a desk.

While working today /
Favorite bed was chosen /
With autumn snuggles.

Originally posted to social media 2019–11–20. The dogs have a preference for the right-hand bed and usually one rushes to get it first. This time, no one used the left-hand bed.


Mist rises from Lake Washington as the sun rises on Christmas Eve.
Mist rises from Lake Washington as the sun rises on Christmas Eve.

Mists of winter rise /
As the unconquerable/
Lights this Christmas Eve.

Merry Christmas! Happy Yuletide! Happy Days of the Unconquerable Sun! Happy Hanukkah!

Originally posted to social media 2019–12–28.


Sunrise over Lake Washington from Coleman Park with pastel pinks, blues, and yellows streaked across the sky and lake.
Sunrise over Lake Washington from Coleman Park with pastel pinks, blues, and yellows streaked across the sky and lake.

Pink and blue reflect /
The glory of the season. /
Morning with my love.

Originally published to social media 2019–12–28. This from Coleman Park in Seattle, Washington, US as the sun rises with slopes of Mount Rainier visible on the right.

About

David Gibson

Working to empower every person on the planet to learn more by connecting tech with education. Reading history. Writing and reflecting on life. Home in Seattle.

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