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Finding Flow

How did I get here? What experiences have led me to work in higher education? From my own learning, the most meaningful and rewarding events came from what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1996) describes as “flow”. When it happens, it’s magical. The first time I remember experiencing flow was when my ninth grade art teacher used to play Enya’s Orinoco Flow. But these moments do not come easy. There is much consternation, anxiety, panic, and sometimes terror that I will not be […]

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October in 25 sentences

Four weeks have passed since I started the 9x9x25 and I’ve been hard pressed to keep up with the pace. In my ideal world, I was going to comment on everyone’s posts, link back to all the brilliance in my network and write my own posts connecting all of it together. Since my first post, back in the first week of October: I submitted a super secret nomination package for a colleague for a distinguished career award. I helped make […]

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Motivation Monday

Interestingly enough this week everything is in alignment. The course I’m teaching: Adult Education – Online and Blended Learning in Post-Secondary we are discussing authentic assessment. The entire program lives inside the LMS and most activity takes place inside the discussion forums. So of course, I asked: are discussion forums authentic? are you motivated to post? Two of our readings this session are Christina Hendrik‘s (2015) Renewable Assignments: Student work adding value to the world and David Gooblar’s (2018) The […]

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Graphic narratives to define quality teaching in a learning organization 

This literature review was borne out of necessity to look critically at my practice and underlying assumptions as I am given more opportunities to facilitate sessions at Brock and abroad.  Variations of my workshop were delivered for the Ontario Instructional Designers Interest Group at McMaster on March 23, 2018, Ride The Wave K-12 Teacher’s conference in Gimli, Manitoba on May 10, 2018, and an Adult Education departmental retreat on June 8, 2018. To conceptualize how the workshop could facilitate organizational change, a hypothetical workshop […]

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Planning my Lit Review

I’m two months into an Masters of Education independent study project, which I cleverly decided to dovetail with a lot of existing work I was doing for my day job, or side job, as the case may be. I was invited to the Ride The Wave conference in Gimli, Manitoba and I had planned on giving a variation of my visual practice workshop to these k12 teachers. In March, I was invited by the Instructional Design Interest Group to give […]

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Experimenting begins with play

I’m excited for the Extend East cohort to kick off the experimenter module this week. While it is its own stand alone module, in truth, extenders have been experimenting for weeks already. For some, just creating a twitter account and getting “followed” is a whole new unnerving experience. For others, trying the timeline tool and tweeting out a link. Each Daily Extend is an invitation to experiment, and many have jumped in with both feet. In this module, we’re invited […]

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Constructions of Organizations Reflection

My learning journey through the historical timeline of constructing organizations has been personally rewarding but also challenging in many ways. Previous learning can enhance or interfere with new learning (Ambrose et al., 2010) as sometimes knowing a bit too much about a topic can prevent you from fully appreciating it as an analogy or metaphor. My knowledge of ecological systems both enriched and detracted from the ease of understanding organizational theories. Any struggles I experienced this term were self-inflicted as I wrestled with new concepts with the same sense of urgency […]

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