Vicki Suter

Discovering the power of good questions

How might resonance play a part in learning?

From an institutional perspective, we aim at alignment focused on outcomes.  In terms of the student’s learning experience, perhaps we should reframe that as resonance, defined as “the quality of … Continue reading

May 20, 2014 · Leave a comment

Is this wind a jerk because it changed?

I’ve been thinking a lot about blame and fault and forced change. Blame shares roots with blaspheme, and fault has Latin roots along the lines of deceive. When change is … Continue reading

May 9, 2014 · 2 Comments

How does an ePortfolio provide a structure for reflection, learning and program assessment?

If I want to wander around through ideas and feelings and thoughts, with no concern for a context such as my vocation, avocation, or state as a student, then using … Continue reading

April 23, 2014 · Leave a comment

When is an online course opaque?

My heart sinks when someone says to me, “He’s a good face-to-face teacher, I’m sure he’ll make a great online teacher!” Without help, I’m afraid he’ll be the teacher I … Continue reading

February 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

What if we used the iTunes model for higher education?

The current financial aid system would have to be transformed, but I’ve been thinking about educational “currency” and the the Apple iTunes model of micropayments – that is, you buy … Continue reading

February 10, 2014 · Leave a comment

How can presence play out in course design?

The joy of my job is that I get to apply my presence research, both to my teaching and to my faculty development work: taking the abstract and making it … Continue reading

January 31, 2014 · Leave a comment

What’s the most important thing in planning for teaching?

In February I start a new class, Information Technology Strategies. It is a condensed course – it lasts 5 weeks instead of the usual 10, but the workload is the … Continue reading

December 18, 2013 · Leave a comment

What’s the difference between dialogue and discussion?

The word “dialogue” was sorely misused in the ‘60’s, and is often misunderstood as meaning a conversation between two people.  In fact, its Greek roots are dia (meaning “across”) and … Continue reading

October 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Where’s the pain?

New words, I love new words. A new word – nociception. The poet in me takes it apart: ception from cipere, from root capere (to take in one’s hands, to … Continue reading

August 5, 2013 · Leave a comment

What’s the difference between collaboration and community?

Someone asked me that last week, and I’ve been mulling it over. The definitions of these terms is often fuzzy.  So . . . for the purpose of this post, … Continue reading

July 23, 2013 · 2 Comments