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James M Skidmore

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Do we need Learning Management Systems?

Learning Management systems, or LMSs, are one of those things, like politics or religion, about which everyone has an opinion. A strongly held opinion, usually, and if you’re the poor sod who dares to defend an LMS in the presence of a technically proficient renegade, well, yes, that can be unpleasant.Calmer discussions are possible, however. This past summer, Tony Bates, a Research Associate at Contact North, took LMSs to task for not being able to support his style of teaching. […]

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My lack of passion in teaching

One of my bigger complaints about Facebook is that it has spawned an “inspirational quote” industry. Plastered across the internet are pictures of earnest and deep-sounding quotations that are intended to show us the way to a happy and meaningful life.These quotations show up in the social media discussion of teaching and learning as well. They are no less earnest, and no less exhortative. So I’ve decided to come up with my one of my own: Go ahead and download […]

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Preparing for 9x9x25

This isn’t a very interesting post, I’m afraid. It’s just that I’m preparing for the 9x9x25 Challenge. As Terry Greene writes in his introductions to 9x9x25 (see here and here): “The challenge is for Ontario Post-Secondary educators to write reflectively about their teaching. ” “We want to collect your reflections on the teaching and learning happenings in your classes and on your campuses here on Ontario Extend’s Domains Hub. We think we can give each other a leg up on […]

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