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Communicate with a Community to Learn

I am a social constructivist, that is, I believe that knowledge is constructed actively and with others (McLeod, 2019). And although it may be more challenging, I believe that social learning can also take place in an online course… even an asynchronous one. Starting a conversation and learning together when everyone is separated in space and time requires more structure and more facilitation on the part of the instructor (Pisarello, 2020). The instructor will need to model making connections, especially […]

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Visual Organization for Learners

Learning is visual as Peters (2014) reminds us in chapter 5. Learning designers can facilitate this principle in a variety of ways from chunking information, using headings, and graphic highlighting (bold, italics, and underlining) to creating visualizations of information to applying graphic design principles when creating documents or other learning aids. Some resources to help improve skills in this area include: Kim Golombisky & Rebecca Hagen, White Space is Not Your EnemyRobin Williams, The Non-Designer’s Design BookNancy Duarte, Slide:ology A […]

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Badges in Adult Education

“IMG_0821” by RSC Scotland is licensed underCC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Badges can be used for a variety of purposes in adult education, for example, micro-credentials or learning that is not commonly indicated by a transcript such as co-curricular activities (Educause, 2019). Conestoga College uses both: Continuing Education Micro-Credentials and Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Most of my experience with badging comes from professional development. My colleague and I used it as part of a workshop to introduce the possibilities of online learning to […]

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Community Archival Description and Community Access

This week my colleague Jenna Lemay and I presented on “Community Archival Description and Community Access” as part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series. Our webinar focused on how the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre does archival description and archival access. We provided an overview of the Centre’s approach to both and also discussed specific … Continue reading Community Archival Description and Community Access

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Gardening and Writing

My latest post, “Growing Gardens, Growing Words” can be found over at The Covid Chroniclers blog. The post talks about my love of gardening and how the act of growing things can be used to talk about the act of writing. Basically, I like both gardening and writing. But both take effort and time.

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Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall Behind the Scenes

Earlier this week, as part of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s ongoing webinar series I presented a Behind the Scenes look at the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition space. My talk focused on the Survivor community based approach of the exhibition, challenges of installing an exhibit in a University hallway, and decisions around which photos to … Continue reading Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall Behind the Scenes

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Project Management Tools in the Adult Ed Classroom

Simple Kanban Board by Jeff Iasovski. CC BY-SA 3.0. Although we did not have an opportunity to explore Trello in our class, I have used this project management (PM) tool in my full-time job for several years now, both for individual and team projects. It did not occur to me to use this tool in the classroom as well, but I wanted to see how other teachers incorporate this PM tool, especially in adult education. Trello is a free application […]

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To Discuss or to Dialogue

Many of the concepts from the readings for lesson 2 were familiar to me from focusing on pedagogy while I was getting my doctorate and from developing training for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in my role as an ID. I have used the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework with SMEs to indicate their role in creating community in the online course that they were designing with my support. Figure 1. Community of Inquiry framework (Adapted from Garrison et al., 2000) […]

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Welcome to Digital Tech in Adult Ed (EDUC5405)

When I wonder what my cats would say about me, I suspect they would focus on what I can do for them. I took this photo when I first brought this catnip plant home in May. Hello to my peers in Digital Tech in Adult Education (EDUC5405)! My name is Carrie, and I’m a Degree Quality Consultant at a community college in Southwestern Ontario. Before I started this role, I was seconded as a Curriculum Consultant during a family leave […]

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