As a Program Manager at eCampusOntario, the program I’ve been managing the most is the Ontario Extend faculty development/enrichment experience. It has been a delight. But something even more delightful (and screamy) is on its way to our house soon, so I will be going Extend silent for June to September as my family prepares to welcome our third daughter to the mix. What I have been doing in Extend is a lot of behind the scenes connecting and in […]
My favorite blog posts are not spawned by Carefully Planned Brilliant Ahas but often as happy accidents out of day to day tinkerings. And here I ponder the difference of seeing blog posts as things written in stone that slide down the conveyer belt of archives vs things that are organic and come back to be re-edited. Do you update old posts? This also bring back Mike Caulfield’s brilliant crafted metaphor of the Garden vs the Stream. Stop, click and […]
I was fully engaged at the CNIE annual conference at Laurentian University in Sudbury, ON last week (May 15-17). We were blessed with glorious weather – sunny and just the right temperatures. It was fun to be on campus at Laurentian and enjoy the clear northern air. I had no idea how many lakes there are in the Sudbury area and within the city itself. Amazing to see so much water and access to recreational facilities everywhere I walked or […]
There are many ways to get from point A to point B. Travelling is more than just arriving at any specific destination. This is true of the physical spaces through which we traverse, particularly with the distances we travel here … Continue reading →
If you teach in the Humanities or Social Sciences, eventually you face this problem: you want to show parts of a two-hour movie in a class that’s one hour long. What do you do? Spend a few nights learning some complex video-editing software and then trying to edit and compile a condensed version of the...
Welcome to the Technologist module!You'll find a lot of wonderful resources at the Technologist Module on the Extend site.A few years ago, while teaching Math for the Computer Industry course to our students in their first semester of the Computer Programmer and Computer Systems Technician - Networking programmes, I wanted to find a better way to introduce fundamental concepts of Statistics (mean, median, mode) to my students. At the same time, I wanted introduce spreadsheets to them. Al...
There are so many ways to define digital literacies. I like this one from Jisc: "those capabilities which support living, learning, and working in a digital society". Doug Belshaw presented us a list of definitions for digital literacy in this slide presentation. He asks whether it is possible to have "one definition to rule them all" - hence the term "digitial literacies." Digital literacy is... the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information tech...
Yes. Yes of course she does. I sat down this morning to check on Helen’s Ontario Extend work to see if I could award her a badge. I have now completed checking her work in the Teacher for Learning module. There was never any doubt in my mind. Here was my process: Navigate through the Teacher for Learning module until I get to an “Extend Activity”. Click “Take it To the Bank”. Scroll through the responses. Has Helen submitted one? YUP! […]
Even after 15 years of cogdogblogging there’s nothing like the smell of a blog post about blogging in the morning. I’m thinking today of the people entering into the blog network of Ontario Extend. Some obviously are not new to web writing, but I’d best in many cases, seated in front of that keyboard, many wonder, “Just what am I doing here?” Little b That’s a good question, but I was prompted today, as often, by the blogs of others. […]
Hello Ontario Extend West! Today, I invite you to have a little think about what you’d like to do with your time in the Extend West cohort and maybe consider another piece we have to offer you as a member of the community. Let’s be clear, all of the settings pictured above are all completely unofficial. They are also all equally important. I think that a nice mix of levels of engagement are healthy for the community and you are […]