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Sarah Wendorf

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Preparing for Blended Learning (Blended Learning Practice MOOC 2.1)

In week 2 of the Blended Learning Practice MOOC we are learning about designing personalized, accessible, and learner-centred courses using principles from instructional design. By the end of this section, you will be able to: outline principles for planning a blended learning course or programme,describe how in-person and online activities can be combined to support social, cognitive, and teaching presence,describe the adjustments students will have to make when moving to blended learning, andoutline key principles for effective teaching in a […]

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Theories Supporting Blended Learning (Blended Learning Practice MOOC 1.2)

In the second topic of the Blended Learning Practice MOOC, we are learning about theories and models that support blended learning planning and design. In their Guide to Blended Learning, Dr. Marti Cleveland-Innes and Dan Wilton chose to focus on two models/frameworks: Complex Adaptive Blended Learning System (CABLS)Community of Inquiry (CoI) Complex Adaptive Blended Learning System (CABLS) Image Source This framework, developed specifically for blended learning, has six key elements that are all in relationship with one another. The learner […]

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Blended Learning Practice MOOC (Week 1)

This month, I am participating in a 4-week Blended Learning Practice MOOC from the Commonwealth of Learning and Athabasca University. We are using the open textbook “Guide to Blended Learning” by Martha Cleveland-Innes and Dan Wilton. I would like to record class notes and reflections here on my blog so I can refer back to them in the future and to share important information out to our Cambrian faculty and staff about blending their courses. Week 1: What is Blended […]

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Module 6: Share My SoTL Plan

In the sixth activity of module 6 in the Extend mOOC we are asked to share our SoTL Plan through a post that reflects our thinking throughout this module to this point. We are to describe our research questions, prior research we would undertake and develop a personal reflection on this written plan. Here is a link to my plan on Google Docs I would like it to remain in Google Docs so that I have a version I can […]

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Module 6: Reflect on My SoTL Plan

In the fifth activity of module 6 in the Extend mOOC, we are asked to reflect on our SoTL Plan based on what we’ve learned so far as well as from the work of others including one study from Simon Fraser University (SFU) which looked at a Flipped Classroom approach for large first year Calculus classes. In examining the study from SFU and comparing it to my own plan that I am developing, I noticed the following gaps: Added my […]

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Module 6: Design of Research Plan – Ethical Considerations

In the fourth activity of module 6, we are asked to reflect on the research ethics of our SoTL project. Here are some of my comments about my ethical considerations. These have been added as a row in my Google Doc Plan. I would ask a colleague who is not teaching in my program to assist with the recruitment of students and informing them about the research project Students must be able to withdraw at any time without penalty (they […]

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Module 6: Refine Your SoTL Plan

In this third activity of module 6, we are asked to begin writing a plan for a SoTL research project we would like to undertake. The Extend mOOC states about the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Like any research project, a SoTL project requires you to formalize your research approach. Remember, what is different about SoTL is that the focus is on improving student learning outcomes as a result of classroom practices you implement, research, assess, and report.   Typical considerations […]

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Module 6: Engage with SoTL

In the second activity of module 6, we were asked to identify three reasons that would motivate us to become engaged in SoTL activities. Here are my three motivations: Improved student outcomes (both through assessment and through self-identified personal growth) Renewed faculty excitement about teaching and greater self-awareness Opportunities to share learnings with others across my college, PLN and beyond I love this quote from Gary Poole, Senior Scholar in the Center for Health Education Scholarship Faculty of Medicine, University […]

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Module 6: Three Keys of SoTL

In the first activity of Extend mOOC Module 6: Scholar, we are asked to identify and list three key characteristics of the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning (SoTL) that resonate with our own experience and practice. We were presented with this video that describes a variety of definitions and experiences of SoTL to consider in our response. SoTL is a new concept for me. In speaking with colleagues, they mentioned that they only ever knew of it as being called […]

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Module 5: Lab Report

In the final activity for the Extend mOOC Experimenter module, we are asked to reflect on the “experiments” we chose to participate in: What did you use to experiment?  Why did you choose to do whatever you did? How will you use the new ideas, formats or approaches that you experimented with when you are designing learning experiences? Describe: What you did.How you did it (what tools and resources).Why you chose those activities to experiment with.How your “experiments” turned out.What […]

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