C. Edward Watson

Director / Co-Founding Executive Editor, International Journal of ePortfolio
Athens, GA, United States

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EDUCATION

Ph.D., Curriculum and Instruction May 2007
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

M.A., English May 1995
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

B.A., English May 1993
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

B.S., Statistics May 1992
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Director, Center for Teaching and Learning
University of Georgia, Athens, GA September 2012-present

Associate Director, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER)
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA July 2010-September 2012

Managing Editor, International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (IJTLHE)
International Society for the Exploration of Teaching and Learning July 2010-present

Founding Co-Executive Editor, International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP)
Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research October 2010-present

Director, Professional Develop and Strategic Initiatives, Learning Technologies
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, VA 1998-July 2010

SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

Book

Watson, C.E. (2008). Self-efficacy and diffusion theory: Implications for faculty development. Saarbrücken: VDM Verlag.

Book Chapters

Watson, C.E., & Plymale, W.O. (2011). The pedagogy of things: Ubiquitous learning, student culture, and constructivist pedagogical practice. In T. Kidd & I. Chen (Eds.), Ubiquitous learning: A survey of applications, research, and trends. Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.

Watson, C.E., Zaldivar, M., & Summers, T. (2010). ePortfolios for learning, assessment, and professional development. In R. Donnelly, J. Harvey, & K.C. O’Rourke (Eds.), Critical design and effective tools for elearning in higher education: Theory into practice. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Watson, C.E., Whitten, K., & Deture, M. (2003). Developing interactive web-based courses: An introduction to instructional design. Creating Online Learning Environments (CREOLE) [FIPSE-funded online faculty development program], http://www.creole-online.org/

Articles

Watson, C.E., & Doolittle, P.E. (2011). Eportfolio pedagogy, technology, and scholarship: Now and in the future. Educational Technology, 51(5), 29-33.

Batson, T., & Watson C.E. (2011, February 2). The student portfolio is the new book: New practices, profession, and scholarship. Campus Technology Web 2.0. Retrieved from http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/02/02/the-student-portfolio-is-the-new-book.aspx

Moore, A.H., Fowler, S.B., & Watson, C.E. (2007). Active learning and technology: Designing change for faculty, students, and institutions. Educause Review, 42(5), 43-60.

SELECTED RECENT CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Doolittle, P.E., Watson, C.E., & Byrd, C.N. (2011, December). Learner-centered teaching in large and ultra-large classes. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Orlando, FL.

Watson, C.E., (2011, December). Ensuring eportfolio success through meticulous and recursive strategic planning. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, Orlando, FL.

McConnell, K., & Watson, C.E. (2011, November). Tackling the big questions of student-centered teaching, learning, & assessment. Workshop presented at the regional conference of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-Based Learning, Blacksburg, VA.

Watson, C.E., (2011, October). Active pedagogy in online learning: Strategies for staying true to your teaching philosophy. Paper presented at the annual conference of the International Society for Exploring Teaching and Learning, San Diego, CA.

Watson, C.E., & Doolittle, P.E. (2011, July). Developing and implementing an eportfolio scholarly research agenda. Paper presented at the annual conference of the Association for Authentic, Experiential, and Evidenced-Based Learning (2011 ePortfolio World Summit), Boston, MA.

Watson, J.M., & Watson, C.E. (2011, February). James, Dewey, and Vygotsky at Hogwarts: Theory to practice and back again. Paper presented at the fourth annual conference on higher education pedagogy, Blacksburg, VA.

Areas of Expertise

Instructional Technology, faculty development, Pedagogy of Things, ePortfolio Pedagogical and Research Practice, Mobile Computing and Ubiquitous Learning, Social Learning Theory, Social Constructivism, and Self-efficacy, Teaching and Learning in Higher Education , Strategic Planning in Higher Education, The Impact of Student Culture and Emerging Technologies on Pedag

An idea worth spreading

The Pedagogy of Things

In 1991, Marc Weiser predicted a time would come when computing would become ubiquitous and technologies would become a part of and disappear into the environment around us, that they would “weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they [were] indistinguishable from it.” This vision of the future is rapidly becoming our reality. Many devices in homes, automobiles, public spaces, and even clothing are now capable of collecting and sharing information via the Internet and mobile devices. It is believed that we are at a point where there are more “things” on the Internet than there are people. This "Internet of Things" is not only changing how we interact in the world, it also promises to impact the ways we teach and learn within it. In response to this new, thing-rich landscape, teachers and students are developing and engaging learning strategies that leverage the technologies omnipresent in their environment. This is the “pedagogy of things”.

I'm passionate about

teaching and learning in higher education. I am also greatly intrigued by the possibilities for learning that are presented by emerging technologies.

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teaching, learning, emerging technologies, ubiquitous learning, and educational research

My TED story

My TED story began in late 2010. I began exploring the possibility of organizing TEDx events in Blacksburg and at Virginia Tech. Part of this exploration led to connecting with Bob Bradley who leads the organization of TEDxNashville and TEDxYouthGreaterNashville. Throughout 2011, Bob shared the joys and challenges of organizing TEDx events and shaped my planning and progress extensively. In November 2011, I traveled to Nashville to interview various TEDxNashville committee members and delivered a TEDx presentation entitled “Our New ‘Real’ World: Participatory Culture and the Pedagogy of Things” at the TEDxYouthGreaterNashville event. Learning firsthand what is required of organizing a TEDx event, as well as what is required of speakers at one of those events, enabled me to organize TEDxVirginiaTech, which took place on November 10, 2012. I have since accepted a new position at the University of Georgia where I am now working toward bringing TEDx to this campus.