I received some touching words in an email from a colleague in the School of Education at Virginia Tech yesterday. After describing some about the tragedy, he said something meaningful that I thought I would pass on. He said this:
“We are reminded from time to time, as John Donne wrote, that none of us is an island. We are all part of a main, and when part of it falls away, we are the less. I feel very much that way right now, and I know that this wider community of academics can sense it too.
The deaths today are tragic indeed, and it makes the loss of the lives of innocents – claimed in equally horrific ways in other parts of the world – that much more immediate. We sometimes lose that sense of connection in our day-to-day grind. Each of the lives lost in those ‘far away’ places has as much value as each person who died today at Virginia Tech, and they each have families that experience as much grief as ours do now. I, for one, would do well to remember this more often. Perhaps it would motivate us all to seek meaningful peace in places of conflict.
Such events remind me, too, that I must make time to reach out to those about whom I care and simply tell them, 'Hi - you are important to me, and thanks for being my friend.' There is no guarantee of tomorrow, and the chance to say such things is not assured."
As I think about the loss and the sorrow, I feel sad. I feel a greater need to reach out to those who I care about. I feel a greater desire to participate in reaching out beyond my comfort zone and contributing to community organizations that help people who are lonely, confused, and distraught.
I'm not sure what the solution ultimately might be to avoid these horrific situations. I do appreciate the efforts of people like those who work with ChoiceSkills, an organization that seeks to help kids of all ages learn more about fundamental thinking skills, character education and social skills by integrating these topics into any subject - and I hope efforts like these are more widely promoted and more succeessful in helping us learn how to live with each other in peace.
On that web site, I found this poignant statement, which I think I will end this blog with:
At the end of World War II, Winston Churchill wrote:
"Mankind has never been in this position before. Without having improved appreciably in virtue or enjoying wiser guidance, it has got into its hands for the first time the tools by which it can unfailingly accomplish its own extermination."
Since he wrote those words, the march of science has pierced the innermost secrets of the atomic world, has plunged travelers into the outer reaches of space, has deciphered the genetic code, and has made instant communication possible with almost any spot on the globe. Similar progress may be observed in medicine and every other field of technological endeavor. Yet, though the need has increased exponentially, man still has not improved appreciably in virtue nor do we enjoy wiser guidance.
What the future holds is yet unclear, but one thing is glaringly obvious. Unless the rising generation can somehow surpass the present in both virtue and wiser guidance, the future is in doubt."
I joined my excellent co-authors in presenting a paper about “A Web 2.0 Global Community Learning Platform” the final plenary session of the ID+SCORM conference this last week. But that is not what I want to talk about.
During one of the sessions, I heard something that I keep thinking about. The presenter talked about how efforts to use technology in education sometimes makes teachers feel threatened, especially when rhetoric regarding the replacement of teachers by technology exists. I thought this presenter made a good point. He said that technology would never replace teachers, but it is more likely that teachers who use technology effectively will replace teachers who do not. Just some food for thought.
On this page, I intend to put my favorite things in the following categories: inspirational, informational, funny, and great deals…. (more to come).
We had Curtis Morley come to our Web Analytics class and share his expertise on action script for coding Flash. It is now time when we can see not only what people click on, but what they hover over and how many times, how long it takes them to click something, how long they watch it before clicking something else, and so much more. It lends more information toward what people are thinking, not only what they are doing.
He pointed out how the current examples posted on the Google help page work, but are flawed in a way in which you would not want to use them. He is working on a solution that promises to be much more user-friendly.
I was just reading Ilkka’s blog about his Forrest Camp experience and it made me think about it again in a different way. There was some structure, but there was also a lot of open time.
What I loved is that people took advantage of the open time in ways that I thought captured the ideal philosophy behind that kind of conference. Random meetings emerged from ideas and conversations (e.g. Ahmed and Ilkka making an impromptu presentation about their research question and requesting feedback on methodology, Piet’s late night impromptu presentation and discussion about more existential issues – context using his home town as an example, late night discussions at the sauna and in the dining hall, etc).
What happened at the Forrest Camp – spontaneous meetings and free-flow structure allowed ideas to come in a way that is less possible with too many formal, structured meetings. Of course some of that is always good to get new synergistic ideas or basic training, but as graduate students and professors it is nice to simply have more time to discuss, dream, and enjoy each others company in a beautiful area.
The whiz-kid Jimmy Z, from our Web Analytics class, created a plugin so that you can have shopping cart features inside of WordPress. Here are the steps, but you will need to get the plugin code before you do anything else. Once you have the code, here is what you do:
- Sign up for a Merchantec account (and a Google Checkout account).
- Upload the “JZ Merc – Products” plugin into the wp-content/plugins folder
- Go to the Plugin tab and activate the “JZ Merc – Products” plugin
- Create Shopping Cart Page in Write > Pages
- Put ‘view cart’ code from Merchentec into the code of the Shopping Cart page code
- On the Merchentec site, add specific items that you want to sell
- Create button code in Merchentec – using the URL from the Shopping Cart page.
- Go to Manage and click on the “JZ Merc – Products” plugin – add the ‘add to cart’ code
- Take the new code – put it in either a page or post.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
- Rogers, P. C., Tinney, M.V., & Gibbons, A. S. (in press). Cross-Cultural Knowledge Communication in Online Communities of Practice. The International Journal of Web Based Communities.
- Rogers, P.C., Graham, C.R., Mayes, C.T. (2007). Cultural Competence and Instructional Design: Exploration research into the delivery of online instruction cross-culturally. Educational Technology Research and Development, 55(2). Available online at www.springerlink.com. (Awarded the AECT International Division’s “Best Paper of the Year”)
- Rogers, P.C., Hseuh, S., Allen, S. (2007). American and Chinese Culture: Conceptions of individualism, competition, authority, and time with their implications for distance learning. Asia-Pacific Cybereducation Journal, 2(2).
- Rogers, P.C., Liddle, S.W., Han, X. (2007). Utilizing Mobile Technologies for Economic Development: The eCANDLE Project. International Journal of Technology in Teaching and Learning, 3(1), 1-14. (A version of this was translated into Chinese and published in China Information World, one of the two most popular weekly publications about information technology in China)
- Rogers, P.C., Liddle, S.W., Chan, P., Isom, B., Doxey, A. (2007). A Web 2.0 Learning Platform: Harnessing collective intelligence. The Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education (TOJDE), 8(3). Available at http://tojde.anadolu.edu.tr/ (Chosen as an “Article of the Month” by the University of Wisconsin Distance Education Program)
- Howell, S., Rogers, C., Hickman, C., Jenson, E., Gunderson, M. (2007). Continuing Education for Continuing Educators: Survey of UCEA’s Distance Learning Community of Practice. Continuing Higher Education Review, (published once a year by Harvard University in affiliation with the University Continuing Education Association), Vol. 71, 133-146.
- Rogers, P.C., & Howell, S. (2004). Use of Distance Education by Religions of the World to Train, Edify, and Educate Adherents. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 5(3). Available at http://www.irrodl.org/index.php/irrodl/article/view/207/290. (Also featured in Distance-Educator.com, November 11, 2004 issue.)
- Rogers, P.C., Graham, C.R., Rasmussen, R., Campbell, J.O., Ure, D.M. (2003). Blending Face-to-Face and Distance Learners in a Synchronous Class: Instructor and Learner Experiences. The Quarterly Review of Distance Education, 4(3), pp.245-251.
In the Works…
- Rogers, P.C., Robertshaw, B., Lopez, J. (under review). Analysis of 10 Years of CATaC (Cultural Attitudes towards Technology and Communication): What do we know? Where do we next go?
- Kemppainen, R., Rogers, P.C. (in preparation). Conceptualizing an Organizational Cultural Model: Demonstrating practicalities when understanding the complexities in cross-cultural business context.
- Rogers, P.C., Fairbourne, J. (in preparation). The Diffusion of Innovations in Emerging Economies through Microfranchising.
- Rogers, P. C., Harfield, A. (in preparation). Creativity and Innovation Through Cross-Cultural Collaboration.
- Rogers, P.C., & Cross-Cultural Research Group… (in preparation). Experiencing an International Virtual Research Team.
- Rogers, P.C., Suhonen, J. (in preparation). Building an International Multi-disciplinary PhD Program: Recommendations from the evaluation of the IMPDET program.
- Heinonen, R.E., Rogers, P.C. (in preparation). Interfaith and Intercultural Understanding, Collaboration, and Innovation: Improving “dialogue competence”
- Rogers, P.C. (2007). Cross-Cultural Online Instruction: Analysis of challenges and solutions. Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Verlag Dr. Müller.
- Mayes, C.T, Cutri, R., Rogers, P.C., Montero, F. (2007). Understanding the Whole Student: Holistic multicultural education. Roman and Littlefield.
- Rogers, P.C., Wang, M. (under review). Cross-Cultural Issues in Online Learning. In P.L. Rogers, G.A. Berg, , J. Boettcher, C. Howard, L. Justice, K. Schenk. Encyclopedia of Distance and Online Learning. Hershey, PA: Idea Group.
- Wang, M., Rogers, P.C., Saba, F. (under review). Review of Distance Education and Online Learning in the West. In R. Ouyang & C.X. Wang. Critiques on the Development of Social Sciences in the West. Bejing, China: Renmin University Press.
- Randolph, J. J., Rogers, P. C., Kakkonen, T., Myller, N., & Bednarik, R. (in press) Emerging technologies for educational evaluation. In Educational Evaluation: 21st Century Issues and Challenges. Hauppauge, NY: Nova. (My section dealt with the use of web analytics in educational evaluation)
- Gibbons, A.S., Rogers, P.C. (in press). The Architecture of Instructional Design Theory. Chapter 16 in C. Reigeluth, (Ed.), Instructional Design Theories and Models, Volume III: A new paradigm of instructional theory. Erlbaum Associates.
- Rogers, P.C., Howell, S. (2007). Distance Education from Religions of the World. In Tomei, L. (Ed), Online and Distance Learning: Concepts, methodologies, tools and applications: Vol. 5, (pp. 2514-1519). Covent Garden, London: Information Science Reference (an imprint of IGI Global).
- Rogers, P.C. & Howell, S. (2005). Religious institutions & distance learning. Managing Modern Organizations With Information Technology: Vol. 2 (pp. 1361-1365). Hershey, PA: Idea Group. ISBN 1-59140-822-9
- Rogers, P.C., Howell, S. (2005). Distance Education by Religions of the World. In C. Howard, J. Boettcher, L. Justice, K. Schenk, P.L. Rogers, G.A. Berg, (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Distance Learning: Vol. 2., (pp. 613–617). Hershey, PA: Idea Group.
Peer-Reviewed Conference Presentations and Proceedings
- Rogers, P.C., Flores, D., Assefa, T. (2007, Oct). The Learning Design Paradigm, Web 2.0, and the BrainHoney Platform. Presented at the 6th European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN) Conference, Stockholm, Sweden.
- McDonald, J., Rogers, P.C., (2007, Sept). Principle-based Design: Adjusting instructional approaches for new environments. Presented Open Education 2007: Localizing and Learning, Utah State, Logan, Utah.
- Rogers, P.C., Flores, D., Matthews, K. (2007, Sept). The Learner/Teacher, Online Platforms, and Web Analytics in Learning Design. Presented Open Education 2007: Localizing and Learning, Utah State, Logan, Utah.
- Rogers, P.C., Liddle, S.W., Allen, C. (2007, May). Moving from E-Learning 1.0 to E-Learning 2.0: A global community learning platform. Presented at the 11th Annual Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education, Guangzhou, China.
- Osguthorpe, R., Rogers, P.C., McDonald, J. (2007, April). Raising Expectations by Improving Instructional Help. Presented at the AERA Conference, Chicago, Illinois.
- Rogers, P.C., Liddle, S.W., Chan, P., Isom, B. (2007, April). A Web 2.0 Global Learning Community Platform. Accepted to be presented as a plenary session at the ID+SCORM Conference, Provo, UT.
- Beahm, C., Rogers, P.C., Liddle, S.W. (2006, November – December). Opportunities and Challenges of Utilizing Educational Technology in Developing Countries: The eCANDLE Foundation. Presented at the IV International Conference on Multimedia and ICTs in Education (m-ICTE2006), Seville, Spain.
- Williams, D.W., Rogers, P.C. (2006, November). Cross-cultural Instructional Design for Online Teaching: Implications for evaluation. Presented at the conference for the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Portland, Oregon.
- Tinney, M-V, Rogers, P.C., Morgan, B. (2006, October). How Designers Can Connect Different Cultural Expectations of Teacher-Student Relationships in Online Courses. Presented at the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Dallas, Texas.
- Rogers, P.C., Williams, D.W. (2006, July). Cross-cultural Development and Evaluation: A model for becoming aware of implicit assumptions. Presented at the conference for Technology for Education in Developing Countries (TEDC), Iringa, Tanzania.
- Klein, R., Yong, Z., Rogers, P.C., Ercoli, G., Tshivhase-Klien, L., Bo, H., Wright, A. (2006, July). ESL and Learning Technologies in Fast Developing China: Creativity and innovation toward Beijing Olympics 2008. Presented at the conference for Technology for Education in Developing Countries (TEDC), Iringa, Tanzania.
- Rogers, P.C., Graham, C., Mayes, C. (2006, June). Cultural Competence and Instructional Design: Exploration Research into the Delivery of Online Instruction Cross-Culturally. Presented at the conference on Cultural Attitudes Towards Technology and Communication (CATaC), Tartu, Estonia.
- Gibbons, A.S., Rogers, P.C. (2006, June). Coming at Design from a Different Angle: Functional design. Presented at the First Inaugural AECT Research Symposia, Bloomington, Indiana.
- Klein, R., Sanxing, C., Li, X., Jin, C., Smith, R., Rogers, P.C., Chen, N-S, Chabert, G., Lubart, T. (2006, June). Projet Métis: Passerelle entre design d’interface et création cinématographique dans le cadre des Jeux Olympiques Humanistes de Pékin 2008. Presented at the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing/Association for Computing in the Humanities Conference (ALLC ACH), Paris, France.
- Klein, R., Chen, J., Smith, R., Walls, J., Rogers, P.C., Chen, N-S., Quinlivan, L.,… (2006, May). West-Asia Global Virtual Team Mediation: Enhancing innovation and collective creativity by customizing groupware interface design – the Trace Composer. Presented at the International Conference of Management of Technology in China (IAMOT), Beijing, China.
- Rogers, P.C., Liddle, S.W., Han, X. (2006, May). Utilizing Mobile Technologies for Economic Development: The eCANDLE Project. Presented at the International Conference of Management of Technology in China (IAMOT), Beijing, China.
- Rogers, P.C., Chen, N.-S., Ercoli, G., Cronje, J., Letaief, R., Klein, R. (2006, May). NGOs and Mobile Technologies: Future challenges and opportunities in suburban and rural areas. Presented at the IST-Africa Conference, Pretoria, South Africa. (Published in: IST-Africa 2006 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds). IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2006, ISBN: 1-905824-01-7)
- Berg, M., Klein, R., Banba, O., Rogers, P.C., Sangaré, Y. (2006, May). ICT Services in Rural Mali: Last Mile Initiative (LMI) – Cybertigi Project toward developing an empirical sustainable business model. Presented at the IST-Africa Conference, Pretoria, South Africa. (Published in: IST-Africa 2006 Conference Proceedings, Paul Cunningham and Miriam Cunningham (Eds). IIMC International Information Management Corporation, 2006, ISBN: 1-905824-01-7)
- Gibbons, A.S., Rogers, P.C. (2005, Sept). Reusability through Layers and Languages: A structural approach relating instructional theory and instructional design theory. Presented and published in the proceedings of the 2005OpenEd Conference: Advancing the Effectiveness & Sustainability of Open Education. Utah State, Logan, Utah.
- Rogers, P.C., Hseuh, S., Allen, S. (GCCCE, 2005, June). American and Chinese Culture: Conceptions of individualism, competition, authority, and time with their implications for distance learning. Presented at and published in the proceedings of the 9th Annual Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education, Laie, Hawaii.
- Rogers, P.C., Hseuh, S., Gibbons, A.S. (2005, June). The Generative Aspect of Design Theory. Presented at and published in the proceedings of the 5th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT), Kaohsiung, Taiwan.
- Rogers, P.C., Howell, S. (2004, March). Influence of Faith-Based Institutions on Distance Education. Presentation at the Conference for the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), Salt Lake City, Utah.
- Osguthorpe, R., Rogers, P.C. (2003, October). Can E-Learning Edify? Presented at the Conference for the Association of Educational Communications and Technology (AECT), Anaheim, California.
- Rogers, P.C., Smaldino, S. (2007, May). Cultural Differences: Meeting the needs of learners in the 21st Century. Presented at the “Roots and Shoots” conference for Professors of Instructional Design and Technology (PIDT), Estes Park, Colorado.
Additional Conference Presentations
- Rogers, P.C. (1) Web 2.0 Paradigms & Platforms for Harnessing Collective Intelligence (with case: Agillix BrainHoney), and (2) Web Analytics and Decision Automation in E-Commerce and E-Learning Contexts (with case: Omniture/ Touch Clarity), Invited presentations at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
- Rogers, P.C., Liddle, S.W., Morley, C., Matthews, K. (2007, June). The Present and Future of Web 2.0 Technologies in Teaching and Learning. Presented at the 3rd annual Teaching with Technology Idea Exchange (TTIX), Orem, Utah.
- Rogers, P.C. (2007, April). Understanding Cultural Differences and Turning them into Assets and Innovations. Presented at the conference for ICT in Rural Areas: Forrest Camp II, Joensuu, Finland.
- Rogers, P.C. (2007, April). What’s Happening with eLearning in Web 2.0? Presented at the conference for ICT in Rural Areas: Forrest Camp II, Joensuu, Finland.
- Rogers, P.C. (2007, February). Cultural Competence and Instructional Design: Exploration Research into the Delivery of Online Instruction Cross-Culturally. Presented and discussed on the IT Forum, see http://it.coe.uga.edu/itforum/
- Gibbons, A.S., Rogers, P.C. (2006, December). A Selection of Quotations on Design Languages and Their Relation to Design Layers. Presented and discussed on the IT Forum, see http://it.coe.uga.edu/itforum/
- Howell, S., Rogers, P.C., (2006, October). Where Do Continuing Educators at Higher Education Institutions Go for Their Continuing Education? Presented at the UAACCE Annual Conference, Provo, UT.
- Rogers, P.C. (2006, July). Cross-cultural development considerations: Discovering the invisible, and understanding for the first time. Ph.D. Summer School organized by The International Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Studies (IMPDET), Iringa, Tanzania.
- Dissertation Supervisor, The International Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Studies (IMPDET), Joensuu, Finland.
- Program Committee, Cultural Attitudes toward Technology and Communication Conference (CATaC‘08), Nîmes, France.
- Executive Reviewer, The 7th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2007), Niigata, Japan.
- Executive Reviewer, The 6th IEEE International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT 2006), Kerkrade, The Netherlands.
- Program Committee, Cultural Attitudes toward Technology and Communication Conference (CATaC‘06), Tartu, Estonia.
- Co-Director, 2006 Ph.D. Summer School organized by the International Multidisciplinary Ph.D. Studies (http://cs.joensuu.fi/tedc2006/phd.htm), Iringa, Tanzania.
- Invited Presentation at the International Ph.D. Summer School on Information Technology in a Cultural Context, Qawra, University of Malta.
- Several Other Invited Presentations (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Communication University of China, Tsinghua University, Brigham Young University, Davidson Academy for the Profoundly Gifted)
The long awaited CD from April Meservy…
“Somewhere Between Sunsets” (previously going to be titled “Harvest of Change”)
You can go to http://www.aprilmeservy.com to hear samples, and make orders. What a great album!
My blog has now changed domains and changed names! This new and improved blog is intended to capture my discoveries and experiences in trying to figure out the best approaches to teaching and learning with technology in a very international 21st century.
Web Presence of P. Clint Rogers, PhD – Global Culture, Training and Technology Specialist
“A master at the art of living makes no distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his education and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues with excellence what he is about and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. He himself knows he is always doing both.” (Wilfred A. Peterson)
I don’t necessarily think that I’m a ‘master of the art of living’, but I try to make decisions based on what I am passionate about and love to meet others who do as well. On my business card is this quote… “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” (Mohandas Gandhi) Although easier said than done, I really believe in that statement.
Many of my affiliations and other links of interests are displayed on the sidebar.
I am currently organizing the 5th International Workshop on Technologies for Education in Developing Countries (TEDC 2008), this year in Kampala, Uganda on July 31-Aug 2. Check it out at: http://cs.joensuu.fi/tedc2008/
I am also teaching one of the first university level Web Analytics classes. You can check out our community class space at: http://ebiz2.byu.edu/analytics/
Here is my short bio:
P. Clint Rogers is currently part-time faculty in the Marriott School of Management at BYU. He is also involved as a researcher and PhD supervisor with the University of Joensuu, Finland — working with the IMPDET program (International Multidisciplinary PhD Studies in Educational Technology www.impdet.org). He holds a doctorate in Instructional Psychology and Technology, with specific research interests in international business, global virtual teams, web analytics, decision automation and predictive analysis, reaching human potential, the cultural customization of online learning and technology, the philosophical roots of education and science, and the impact of media and technological diffusion on business, international development, and social change.