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Jeffrey Keefer

PhD in E-Research and Technology Enhanced Learning (Educational Research) ~ Learning and Development Project Manager (Clinical Education) ~ Internet Researcher ~ Adjunct Professor @NYU & @PaceU in New York City.

Research interests cover educational research and interdisciplinarity. I focus on distance and online learning, internet research, digital identity, social learning and social media, networked and technology enhanced learning, threshold concepts and liminal experiences in higher education, teaching and program design in adult and organizational learning, communities of practice, qualitative methodologies, narrative inquiry, and actor-network theory.

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Botero’s Abu Ghraib Paintings

I missed seeing Fernando Botero’s Abu Ghraib paintings when they were in New York last year, and just learned about them in the current issue of GQ Magazine (sorry, there is not an article on their own site about this; how odd). Wow, they are strong. Amazing how the pain in the normally playful figures [...]

Macbeth and the NYTimes

I wrote about how much I liked the production of Verdi’s Macbeth I saw Monday night at the Metropolitan Opera, and I am glad that the Times shared in my asessment. The voices, the acting, the costumes, scenery, and interpretation of Verdi were wonderful. Even the scene when the army was being armed, loosely set [...]

Beth Kantor’s Innovative Nonprofit Fundraising

Leave it to Beth Kantor, the innovative web guru of nonprofit social media and low-cost technological wizardry to raise enough money online to send not one, but now almost two students in Cambodia to college. Beth has long been involved with working with the needy in Cambodia, and with her large network of admirers and colleagues and associates, [...]

Macbeth at the Met

I saw the new production of Verdi’s Macbeth at the Metropolitan Opera, and have to confess that I was blown away by Maria Gugleghina, the soprano who dominated the opera as Lady Macbeth. She sand standing still, walking, laying down in bed, and even nearly face-down on stage–all without any decrease in vocal delivery or [...]

Philosophy and Popular Culture

The Chronicle had an interesting article on the increasing number of books that are written by philosophers for ordinary folks. While this is anathema in the discipline that often focuses so inwardly that those outside it have no idea what they are talking about (who else considers if perception and emotion can be cognitive attributes?), [...]

Noah K Everyday

While I am a visual learner, I do not find myself spending much time on YouTube unless a colleague or friend recommends something, as I don’t have the patience or the wherewithal to look around for hours until I find something. I don’t remember hwen I first stumbled across Noah‘s video, but has had a [...]

Trackback testing made easy

When I migrated to WordPress after using MovableType for several years, I could not at first seem to get trackbacks to work properly. I was never able to get them to work with Movable Type, so it was not at first a big deal, but it frustrates me when other people can get somewhat simple, [...]

Twitter has no business plan?

Anybody see today’s New York Times, where Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter) was interviewed and stated that they are not focused on making money. According to the Times:

Twitter, a company in San Francisco that lets users alert friends to what they are doing at any given moment over their mobile phones, recently raised an [...]

5000 Web Apps

Think the dot.com bubble is coming back? Looking at this short video on YouTube, it is already here.

Hiking in the Catskills

I went hiking last week for the first time. Bought new Merrell hiking boots and even rented Leki trekking poles. Had a wonderful time. Great changes in scenery over the 3.2 miles, which gave me a workout in nature without filtered air nor with an iPod. What a nifty idea. I loaded some other pictures [...]