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Teaching Philosophy

New Learning with Technology, Innovative Teaching Strategies,

and Collaborative Intelligence

Welcome! This website is based on my growing philosophy on the science and practice of teaching, learning, and education, which has been heavily influenced by the work of Bill Cope and Mary Kilantzis from the Department of Education at the University of Illinois. All of their work, literature, research, courses, certificates, and programs based on “new learning” can be found at:

Cope and Kalantzis have developed an innovative social knowledge learning ecosystem that expands the capabilities of traditional learning management systems, called Common Ground Scholar (Scholar). After reading this page, I urge you to learn more about Scholar and e-Learning ecologies, here:

While New Learning is largely based on using technology in collaborative ways that improve teaching/assessment, it does offer innovative ideas for teaching/learning activities that can be applied to almost any course/program. New Learning theory focuses on preparing citizens, workers, and community members with lifelong skills that are transferable across multiple domains of life. While New Learning has a primary focus on using the social and collaborative logic of social media technologies and big data for teaching, learning, and assessment, it has inspired me to look for ways to expand my classroom digitally, as well as use collaborative based teaching/learning strategies to make my learning environments more engaging and effective. 

The ultimate goal of this website is to use New Learning theory to collaborate with educators, professionals, experts, and community stakeholders from around the world to create the most effective, innovative, and transformative teaching/learning activities, practices, courses, and programs, with a specific focus on sociology, criminology, and criminal justice. As New Learning articulates the advantages of technology, knowledge ecologies, productive diversity, and collaborative intelligence in instructional design, the same concepts can be applied to brining learners and professionals together to address, study, and solve complex global social problems. 


New Learning has been a great influence on my recent approaches to teaching/learning; however, there are many other active-learning and collaborative teaching/learning activities and content relevant to creating the most effective/engaging activities and learning environments that are simply none existent or difficult to access for many faculty and instructors. 

Therefore, I'm in the early stages of conducting research to find out exactly what kind of teaching/learning resources instructors and faculty need to be more effective and engaging teachers. 

If you are a fellow educator, expert, or community stakeholder with innovative ideas/practices around technology, active learning, and collaboration that fit with the mission of connect diverse groups of people to solve complex contemporary social problems/issues, please contact me at:

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