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Syndication of all blog writing from Ontario Extend participants into one place; each link takes you to the original post. See the list of all blogs

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Ten Years

A decade ago I bought a new linen summer suit for an interview to teach part time at St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Best decision ever. What I do every day is less a job and more a vocation. I feel truly fortunate to have opportunities to cheer on and support students , to share my love of communication and creative problem-solving, to find new ways to deliver curriculum in response to employer needs and our ever-evolving society. Looking back […]

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Let’s Get Explicit

How can I explain it? If you’re all down with OEP (Open Educational Practices), I think that it’s time to make one thing clear… we’re a bunch of wannabe hip hop artists and I couldn’t be happier about it. I’ll take you frame by frame it. According to The Zulu Nation, there are five essential elements of hip hop. In this post, I hope to describe each of them a little bit and then try to relay them into a […]

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The End of the EDUC5405 Journey

I believe that online courses should be designed flexibly to reflect that each delivery will be a little different because there is a new cohort of learners each time and because the instructor will either be new to the course or will have learned lessons in previous deliveries that they may want to address in other iterations. My hope for the course was to learn more about digital technology to provide options for faculty who also want a flexible course […]

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Adapting Games for Online Delivery

Gee (n.d.) identifies 16 learning principles that can be found in good (video) games: identity; interaction; production; risk taking; customization; agency; well-order problems; challenge and consolidation; “just in time” and “on demand”; situated meanings; pleasantly frustrating; system thinking; explore, think laterally, rethink goals; smart tools and distributed knowledge; cross-functional teams; and performance before competence. Sojourners’ Trail (Greason 2020, August 1, 7:23 a.m.) is an example of an educational video game that meets these criteria. Well-designed games can be effective learning […]

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Communicate with a Community to Learn

I am a social constructivist, that is, I believe that knowledge is constructed actively and with others (McLeod, 2019). And although it may be more challenging, I believe that social learning can also take place in an online course… even an asynchronous one. Starting a conversation and learning together when everyone is separated in space and time requires more structure and more facilitation on the part of the instructor (Pisarello, 2020). The instructor will need to model making connections, especially […]

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Visual Organization for Learners

Learning is visual as Peters (2014) reminds us in chapter 5. Learning designers can facilitate this principle in a variety of ways from chunking information, using headings, and graphic highlighting (bold, italics, and underlining) to creating visualizations of information to applying graphic design principles when creating documents or other learning aids. Some resources to help improve skills in this area include: Kim Golombisky & Rebecca Hagen, White Space is Not Your EnemyRobin Williams, The Non-Designer’s Design BookNancy Duarte, Slide:ology A […]

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Badges in Adult Education

“IMG_0821” by RSC Scotland is licensed underCC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Badges can be used for a variety of purposes in adult education, for example, micro-credentials or learning that is not commonly indicated by a transcript such as co-curricular activities (Educause, 2019). Conestoga College uses both: Continuing Education Micro-Credentials and Co-Curricular Record (CCR). Most of my experience with badging comes from professional development. My colleague and I used it as part of a workshop to introduce the possibilities of online learning to […]

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Community Archival Description and Community Access

This week my colleague Jenna Lemay and I presented on “Community Archival Description and Community Access” as part of the Maskwacis Cultural College Microlearning Series. Our webinar focused on how the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre does archival description and archival access. We provided an overview of the Centre’s approach to both and also discussed specific … Continue reading Community Archival Description and Community Access

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Gardening and Writing

My latest post, “Growing Gardens, Growing Words” can be found over at The Covid Chroniclers blog. The post talks about my love of gardening and how the act of growing things can be used to talk about the act of writing. Basically, I like both gardening and writing. But both take effort and time.

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Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall Behind the Scenes

Earlier this week, as part of the Shingwauk Residential Schools Centre’s ongoing webinar series I presented a Behind the Scenes look at the Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall exhibition space. My talk focused on the Survivor community based approach of the exhibition, challenges of installing an exhibit in a University hallway, and decisions around which photos to … Continue reading Reclaiming Shingwauk Hall Behind the Scenes

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