Vicki Suter

Discovering the power of good questions

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

How is Apple defeating the folder skeumorph?

Finally! We are leaving behind the folder skeumorph* – that old icon for organizing things. We have tags combined with searches! We don’t need folders any more. Tags let us … Continue reading

June 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Does a garden work as a metaphor for how and why a portfolio matters?

Metaphors are such important things – they tell a rich story with meaning we couldn’t convey any other way. So, I’ve been working away at a metaphor that reflects my … Continue reading

April 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is my philosophy of teaching and learning?

I see all learning as social. Social learning as I understand it is meaning-making emerging within and through everyone.  My role as a teacher is to model and create an … Continue reading

March 15, 2013 · Leave a comment

What is my view of authentic learning?

Learning is mindful. Learning is the creation of meaning by the individual. Learning is social (an act of community). Learning is a form of play.

March 1, 2013 · Leave a comment

Do I want to be a digital humanist?

Actually, no. At the Hybrid Pedagogy THATCamp this weekend, Even through a warm atmosphere of inclusivity, I had one of those “outsider” moments that led to an epiphany for me. … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · 3 Comments

Am I a digital humanist?

Attending the Hybrid Pedagogy THATCamp this weekend, wondered through a session on “what is a digital humanist?” I wonder about disciplines that have references to technology in their name. And, … Continue reading

October 21, 2012 · Leave a comment

Where’s the structural disconnect in a discussion forum?

To continue the reflection on discussion forums that I initiated in the last couple of posts, a fellow student of mine, Jim Thayer, and I have been in conversation about … Continue reading

September 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

What effect do discussion forums have on learning (the dark side)?

Oddly enough, the source of this post is . . . a discussion forum. It is clear evidence that I was able to use a discussion forum to dive down … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · 1 Comment

What do discussion forums contribute to learning (the sunshine side)?

As part of an online faculty orientation, I’ve been participating in a discussion-based online course, musing, of course at the meta-level question of learning and discussion forums. Here’s what I … Continue reading

August 30, 2012 · Leave a comment