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That’s a Wrap

One final post for the 9x9x25 challenge I hadn’t anticipated. Looking back over the posts I had no idea that I would write as much as I did. Sure I could, in theory, have started blogging alone, but overall it was the group of people gathered together through eCampus Ontario (big H/T to Terry) that made it a compelling activity. There were so many remarkable posts, which also encouraged me to change the way I write by doing the “quick […]

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Our First EdTech SLAM!

It’s not quite in the same flavour as the poetry slams I’ve attended, and no chanting at those who go over time, “you bastard, you’ve ruined it for everyone, but it was well worth it.” Today I facilitated the first EdTech SLAM! for our academic technology support group, and it’s December so the group was small but enthusiastic. We had 8 presentations today: Consults at a distance with ODIN and WebEx Building your BBL course site in 3 minutes (or […]

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Grading – Half Empty or Half Full?

Tis the season it seems. Grading is on the minds of students as well as instructors I work with. This is not going to be a post about the merits or grading, or going gradeless, or better workflow, etc. Instead I need to reflect on a comment an instructor recently said while we were talking about giving feedback (and eventually grading). Sidenote: I am currently working with this instructor on using a single-point rubric to provide space for narrative and […]

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Quick Reflection – Instructional Designer Soft Skills

The Instructional Design Interest Group from Ontario recently posted Instructional Designer Soft Skills. They highlight skills and approaches that are essential for success in learning development projects that go beyond knowledge of learning theory and technical skills: Start with a good rapport Make expectations clear at the start Under-promise and over-deliver Communicate early and often Use your expertise to guide the project Let them see some of the “magic” behind the scenes The IDIG post reminded me a bit of […]

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Quick Reflection – Breaking Things

Up here in space I’m looking down on you My lasers trace Everything you do You think you’ve private lives Think nothing of the kind There is no true escape I’m watching all the time – Electric Eye, Judas Priest, Screaming for Vengeance (1982) Not my 9x9x25 post this week, but I just read Breaking Things by Helen, and was about to comment when I thought, ‘hey, I can just blog a quick reflection and hopefully it’ll ping back’. Honestly, […]

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Wiki as a tool for exploration and thinking

A wiki is a tool for the capture, extension, and dissemination of community knowledge.- Mike Caulfield Wiki is one of those things that has been in and out of popularity it seems since my teacher training. I can remember the first class I had where we discussed and used a wiki. Then again in grad school we set up and used a number of different wikis (no I can’t show them off anymore, thanks Wikispaces). Another ed developer used either […]

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Quick Reflection – Test Tube Teaching

Not my 9x9x25 post this week, but I just read Test Tube Teaching by Prof Mel, and was about to comment when I thought, ‘hey, I can just blog a quick reflection and hopefully it’ll ping back’. Honestly, I’ve been frustrated with blog commenting systems for a while now. Some require login, some eat my comments, so here…I’m reclaiming commenting. It sounds like Prof Mel has been having success with the use of low stakes quizzing in a Psychology course. […]

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Quick Reflection – KitchenAids, Cookies, and the LMS

Not my 9x9x25 post this week, but I just read KitchenAids, Cookies, and the LMS by Todd, and was about to comment when I thought, ‘hey, I can just blog a quick reflection and hopefully it’ll ping back’. Honestly, I’ve been frustrated with blog commenting systems for a while now. Some require login, some eat my comments, so here…I’m reclaiming commenting. Todd gives a nice light touch to making a course identity by creating banners for instructors. He has got […]

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Quick Reflection – Interactive Remixing of an Open Textbook

Not my 9x9x25 post this week, but I just read Interactive Remixing of an Open Textbook by Sarah (of IDIG fame), and was about to comment when I thought, ‘hey, I can just blog a quick reflection and hopefully it’ll ping back’. Honestly, I’ve been frustrated with blog commenting systems for a while now. Some require login, some eat my comments, so here…I’m reclaiming commenting. I quite like how using three small(ish) tools to make a useful OER are displayed […]

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Plenty of Portfolio Pitfalls

I wasn’t sure I was even going to make an entry this week as it’s already Friday and I didn’t have a clear idea of something I wanted to write about. Well, thankfully Tom Woodward has inspired me yet again as I just read his post ePortfolios: Competing Concepts. I recommend you take a read through. The way Tom positioned the competing concepts really struck me: Strategy (trophy case v. progress) Audience (external v. internal) Ownership (institution v. student) Tom […]

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