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9X9X25 Challenge, East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Curriculum: The #2 C Word

Only number 2 in terms of nominal numbers to track posts, not in terms of actual importance. Whereas curiosity was number 1 in terms of C word sequencing, it also holds that position ordinally. Naturally, number 2 in order of importance would be a tie between chocolate and cat. In recent discussions and workshops, curriculum seems to verge on being a dirty word. Impassioned educators rail against the prescriptive nature of course content and assessment; thoughtful teachers collaborate with learners […]

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Curiosity: The #1 C Word

Yes, I know C is not the 5th letter of the alphabet, but it’s where I find myself. Plus, I have a plan! Curiosity Curiosity is more important than intelligence. No debate; full stop. And I state this, unequivocally, as a person who has been regarded as someone with quite high intelligence, in that strange, arbitrary way it’s traditionally measured. I also proclaim it from my position watching students through the years gradually lose that innate curiosity we all have […]

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Broken, Bedazzled, and Bamboozled

Not sure I will be able to maintain this alpha-order posting schtick, but for week two (gently overlapping with week three ~ o.k. I’m late) it still works. DISCLAIMER: May be depressing, but not waiting until week four. Cover of Teaching as a Subversive Activity For far too long my reflections on teaching and learning have been on that of a broken system. I used to perk up or re-energize my learning and teaching by re-reading Teaching as a Subversive […]

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Affordances, Acceptable Costs, and Aesthetic Losses

I am attempting to rise to the 9x9x25 challenge, but having it coincide with my vacation | kitchen reno is most unaccommodating. Because of this and the extra glass of beer at dinner, this will likely be a pinball reflection on teaching and learning ~ bouncing back and forth a bit. Photographed by Adrian Pingstone in June 2005 and released to the public domain I have been think about the different ‘containers’ we use for teaching and learning. From the […]

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Cultivating Curators

Greetings Extenders! From Twitter and Terry talks, you folks are thoroughly engaged and committed to ‘extending’. Kudos! You have just finished Joanne’s thoughtful and interactive module on Technologist. Boy, do I hate following her. This module is a basic introduction to the act of curation or choosing appropriate and engaging  resources as you design and develop your inclusive learning environments. Curation can showcase your creativity, commitment, and searching skills, but there is a downside. The act of curating is also […]

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Extend: Teacher for Learning

After some (well, repeated) gentle browbeating from T. Greene, it’s time to add my small contributions to the activities of Extend. It is such a worthwhile project, I am not sure what took me so long. Mine may not be the most innovative of exercises, but they have been tried and tested on at least one cohort of learners. I never taught the same course twice as the college wanted courses re-designed and the most efficient and economical way forward […]

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Stuck in the Middle

I will give you a few moments to tap into your memories from the title. Depending on your age and disposition, it might be the Stealers Wheels, one of the many nasty scenes from Reservoir Dogs, or perhaps even a hokey show from Disney. It is also where I find myself. Stuck in the middle and on the ground. Pancake Bay, Lake Superior Deep appreciation to David Wiley for underscoring misaligned incentives for OER adoption at the post secondary level. Having […]

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Don’t Gussy Up the Geese!: Mobilizing Moral Rights

Title refers to a famous Canadian copyright case. Bare bones: Artist, Michael Snow,  created Canadian geese to hang from the ceiling of large shopping centre (Eaton Centre in Toronto ON). Eaton’s put bows around the neck of geese for holiday season, but had to remove them after Snow sued that the bows violated the integrity of his work.  300 Years to Return to the Start Almost always copyright is cited as an important element to incentivizing creative work (that verb […]

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Hero Versus Superhero: You Can Wear a Mask and Be Open

B. Toenjes | flickr: Justice League #36 | CC BY-SA-NC I have no turkey to prep; I think I am actually going to make pizza for Thanksgiving dinner. This leaves me with some extra time on my hands – not always a good thing! I have been mulling over and eventually mashing up a few unconnected posts from the past week. George Siemens’s comment to my colleague, Terry Greene, “Canada has been slow on several fronts for open education”. Terry’s […]

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