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Pick A Word To Describe Your Pedagogy

So this is the last post of 9x9x25 and it has seemingly gone by quickly and yet lingered enough for us to engage in great discussions and find wonderful teaching and learning ideas from far and wide. Those of you who have been reading these weekly (i.e. Terry) will know that I have had a theme running through my posts which is words and the origin and meaning of words. I thought words to be a good paradigm through which […]

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Accessibility and Inclusion

It is hard to believe that there is only one more week to the 9x9x25 blog challenge. I have read many great posts and learned a lot from this generous community of educators and bloggers. This week I am going to address something that is near and dear to my pedagogy and practice which is accessibility and inclusion. Inspired by CogDog’s great post on image descriptions, I thought it was time to write a bit on what I think of […]

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Of Levels, The OQF, and Respect for All Educators

I know that many 9x9x25ers were at TESS this week, and I have seen a lot of great ideas being shared from that conference as blogs and on Twitter. I was not at TESS; I was in Baltimore last week at a conference that was not in my field but tangentially related to my overarching research interests. It is always interesting to be at a conference in the States because it reminds you of the divides that exist in higher […]

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Conference Tips

I have gone to a lot of conferences in my life so far and as I have negotiated these spaces, both large and small, I have developed a set of tips, if you will, of things that I found beneficial when going to conferences.  So here are some of these tips: Network Often and Well. If you have been put on a panel with someone you do not know because your ideas intersect then network! Have conversations and see what […]

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Reflect(i)on

I am taking advantage of the trade-in offer that Terry so kindly suggested Thursday of 3 comments in exchange for 1 blog post because we are a bit behind. I liked that as a concept as well because sometimes writing these posts you feel as though you are in a bit of a silo and it is good to stop, reflect, and engage with the ideas that are out there instead of letting them fly past. I have decided to […]

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What is Instructional Design?

This is week 5 of 9x9x25 and this is only the third post here, so I am actively thinking about how to make up the gap. Today’s post will have something to do with planning and gaps, because the topic for today is instructional design, which is work that requires a lot of organizing. A conversation that I often have with colleagues, not only in higher education institutions but also working on contract in industry, centres around the definition of […]

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What Do We Mean When We Say Curriculum?

I had the privilege to attend the Learning Outcomes and Experiential Learning Symposium at the end of last week in Toronto. One of the great focuses of the two days was terminologies and defining what we mean when it comes to experiential learning opportunities and work-integrated learning. This discussion is part of an overarching thread and trend in higher education- what do we mean when we say (insert any educationally related word here)? Let me give you some examples. Example […]

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What is Learning?

When I was writing my dissertation, my supervisor was very focused on etymology. Knowing the origin of words, was in his opinion, a strong basis of all analysis and learning. As a result I learned to look at the etymology of terms as part of my own work and etymology has influenced my pedagogy as well. Learn (v) has the following etymological roots: “Old English leornian “to get knowledge, be cultivated; study, read, think about,” Gothic lais “I know”, with […]

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