Agency as Living Truthfully

I read two articles by Richard Williams on agency, since I think that it is a fundamental component of a theory of conversation and any theory of instruction. The argumentation of the two articles was pretty similar, although the later article (Williams, 1999) addressed a Mormon audience and thus applied the concepts to principles within … Continue reading Agency as Living Truthfully


Online Learning Communities

The topic in IPT 692R this week fit right in with a presentation Taylor and I made at UVU on Friday at the Scholarship of Teaching and Engagement Conference.  We spoke about learning communities, drawing on a framework explained by Brook & Oliver (2003), who drew strongly on McMillan & Chavis (1986) (though the framework … Continue reading Online Learning Communities

Independent vs Collaborative Learning

This week in Dr. Graham's class our four readings had to do with issues of self-directed, independent learning versus collaborative, group-based learning.  It's interesting that I didn't think of the "vs." element until later.  While reading the articles the tensions between collaborative and independent learning were not foremost in my mind. Of the four readings, … Continue reading Independent vs Collaborative Learning

Sawyer’s “Creating Conversations”

I finished Keith Sawyer's very interesting book Creating Conversations.  In addition to being an academic, Sawyer is a jazz musician, and spent two years as the pianist for an improvisational theater group.  In this book he brings together his interests in creativity, conversation, collaboration, and improv to argue that conversation ("casual, unplanned conversation" p. 1) … Continue reading Sawyer’s “Creating Conversations”