Top 10 Etale Articles in 2014

top10Over the last couple of years, I’ve created a summary post at the end of the year, highlighting those articles that capture the imagination and interest of the most readers. So, staying the course with this tradition, following are the 10 most visited Etale articles in 2014.

5 Common Reasons for the Importance of Letter Grades

First published in April of 2013 as part of my MOOC on Learning Beyond Letter grades, this article highlights common arguments for the value of letter grades, but also includes some challenges or limitations to those arguments.

50+ Education Documentaries to Challenge and Inspire

I’m a longstanding devotee of documentaries of all kinds, but in 2014 I decided to focus my exploration of education documentaries and I was amazed at what I found, over 50 wonderfully thought-provoking and substantive explorations of everything race and education to unschooling, education around the world, textbook bias, the higher education crisis and the digital revolution. So, why not share my exploration with the world by putting together a list of them. This is one of those posts that I intend to update every few months.

A Primer on 3 “gogies”

I didn’t expect this one to capture so many people’s interest, but it certainly did. It simply explains the difference between pedagogy, heutagogy, and andragogy. Then I end by adding five more “gogies” to the list.

10 Uses of MOOCs for High School Students

This one also comes from 2013. I explain many of the emerging and creative ways that high schools and high school students and making use of MOOCs. These practices have only expanded since I first wrote it.

8 Simple Ideas for Helping Students Become Self-Directed Learners This Year

Yet another 2013 article, this one gives simple and practical ideas for promoting self-directed learning.

Templates for Self-Directed Learning Projects

Similarly practical, I had many people contacting me about how to get started with encouraging students to work on SDL projects. So, based upon some of the more popular approaches, I created five Google Doc templates to serve as a guide.

Infographic on Building a Personal Teaching Network

Many know of a PLN, but I took a twist on it and created this visual to show how people can started to build opportunities to teach, mentor and consult using various social media and emerging digital practices. This one is also the most pinned on Pinterest and the most retweeted on Twitter. By the way, if the idea of building a personal teaching network interests you, look for more on this topic in 2015. You might even hear an announcement about a new educational entrepreneurship initiative that I have in the words for this coming year. If it works out, this might just be another first of its kinds.

10 Educational Change Metaphors

As I speak and consult for learning organizations, it is common for people to ask tips on how to start a conversation about the need for change and innovation in their schools. The answer really depends on the context, but this article was meant to offer a few metaphors and ways of talking about the need for responding to the changes around us.

5 Types of Educational Technology Experts

Ever since I wrote this back in 2009, it has been in the top ten most visited pages on my blog each year. My guess is that it probably has to do with a common search term “types of educational technology.” However, that is really not the focus. It is a playful look at the different quirks that you will find among people drawn to educational technology.

How Will Badges and Micro-Credentialing Change Education?

Micro-credentials make up the the topic about which I wrote the most in 2014, and this article caught the attention of quite a few people. In it I speculate about the possible influence of this movement that continues to gain traction. Looking back at the article, I still stand by every prediction. Some have already started to emerge, but others will still take a few more years (maybe more) before that are more broadly recognized.

There you have it. These are the ten most visited articles on my blog in 2014. As I reflect on my work and writing over the last year, I am truly grateful for the time and interest that so many of you have in my work. Writing and exploring the possibilities of life and learning in the digital age are two of my great passions, and I’m honored to share these passions with each reader. When I first committed to writing consistently in 2013, I never imagined the reach that it would have and the amazing connections that I would build with brilliant people and fascinating organizations around the world. It is my hope that 2015 will only extend and deepen those connections. Thank you for being part of my personal learning and teaching network in 2014.