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We have to stop teaching

I’m a university prof, but I don’t want to teach. That doesn’t mean I want to devote myself to my research, either, the seductive charms of German literature and film notwithstanding. What I really want to do is educate. Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash This idea has been a hobby horse of mine for a while. I even wrote about it for The Globe and Mail. So apologies in advance for my lack of originality. But when I reflect […]

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We Have to Stop Teaching

Let’s start educating instead.I’m a university prof, but I don’t want to teach. That doesn’t mean I want to devote myself to my research, either, the seductive charms of German literature and film notwithstanding. What I really want to do is educate. Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash This idea has been a hobby horse of mine for a while. I even wrote about it for The Globe and Mail. So apologies in advance for my lack of originality. But when I reflect […]

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The Four Freedoms of Higher Education

The four freedoms are just as much about responsibility as they are about freedom.It has been with a mixture of amusement and dread that I’ve been watching recent Brexit developments. Amusement because I find the arguments of most Brexiters, and even some Remainers, devoid of logic and full of the hype that shows politicians at their most foolish. But then the dread sinks in when I think about how these same fools could harm the United Kingdom and Europe in […]

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The Four Freedoms of Higher Education

It has been with a mixture of amusement and dread that I’ve been watching recent Brexit developments. Amusement because I find the arguments of most Brexiters, and even some Remainers, devoid of logic and full of the hype that shows politicians at their most foolish. But then the dread sinks in when I think about how these same fools could harm the United Kingdom and Europe in equal measure. Photo by Tyler Nix on Unsplash The negotiations seem to be […]

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25 Haikus about eCampusOntario, Strung Together as a Poem

A sort of ode to eCampusOntario.Most people who attended TESS18, eCampusOntario’s Technology-Enabled Seminar and Showcase, held in Toronto earlier this week left on a high. eCampusOntario has established itself as a facilitator of meaningful discussion and innovation in the college and university sectors. The consortium’s programs and initiatives have been a catalyst for real progress in areas like open education and the innovative use of educational technology. This poem, written while at TESS, is one way of acknowledging the impact […]

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25 Haikus about eCampusOntario, strung together as a poem

Most people who attended TESS18, eCampusOntario’s Technology-Enabled Seminar and Showcase, held in Toronto earlier this week left on a high. eCampusOntario has established itself as a facilitator of meaningful discussion and innovation in the college and university sectors. The consortium’s programs and initiatives have been a catalyst for real progress in areas like open education and the innovative use of educational technology. This poem, written while at TESS, is one way of acknowledging the impact of eCampusOntario has had, both […]

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Policy and Open Education – less Boring than You might Think

When I hear the word “policy,” a little part of me dies. I come to my aversion honestly; I have participated in University Senate policy debates, I have had to wade through the legalese of proposed policies, I have contributed to the interminable discussions that revolve around the trivial (comma placement) and the important (university governance structures).  Photo by John-Mark Smith on Unsplash So it felt like an out-of-body experience when I proposed to Jenni Hayman, organizer of eCampusOntario’s Open […]

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Policy and Open Education. Less Boring than You Might Think

Policy may seem boring. But if you want to improve the uptake of open practices in higher education, you need to address policy obstacles.When I hear the word “policy,” a little part of me dies. I come to my aversion honestly; I have participated in University Senate policy debates, I have had to wade through the legalese of proposed policies, I have contributed to the interminable discussions that revolve around the trivial (comma placement) and the important (university governance structures). So […]

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Instructional freedom, Or The Day Lindsay Shepherd became #lindsayshepherd

One year ago today, Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student Lindsay Shepherd walked into a tutorial she was leading and showed a clip from TVOntario’s The Agenda featuring Jordan Peterson. He was, as usual, going on about his distaste for genderless pronouns. A week later, after apparently receiving one or more complaints, Shepherd’s course supervisor, another professor from her department, and a staff member from the university’s Rainbow Centre (it supports LGBTQ students on campus) took her to task for creating […]

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Instructional Freedom, or the Day Lindsay Shepherd became #lindsayshepherd

It’s a year since Lindsay Shepherd became #lindsayshepherd. What has the controversy taught us about teaching and mentorship?One year ago today, Wilfrid Laurier University graduate student Lindsay Shepherd walked into a tutorial she was leading and showed a clip from TVOntario’s The Agenda featuring Jordan Peterson. He was, as usual, going on about his distaste for genderless pronouns. A week later, after apparently receiving one or more complaints, Shepherd’s course supervisor, another professor from her department, and a staff member from the […]

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