East Cohort

Below are all syndicated blog posts from the East Ontario Cohort. See also the list of active blogs.

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Bridging the job readiness gap: virtual tools for a new campus-to-workplace pathway

Photo by Brooke Cagle on Unsplash Broad access to the full range of dynamic liberal arts and science programming is the hallmark of an evolving Ontario high education system. But linking this education to the meaningful employment of learners has proved more elusive than building educational excellence. For many recent graduates, a gap continues to exist between what they learned in school, and opportunities to apply that knowledge in a professional work environment. A 2015 study found that 4 in 10 Canadian university […]

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A Shinier DS106 Assignment Bank Theme

I’ve been deep in the code tunnels rebuilding and adding to maybe my most complex WordPress theme, the one that let’s anyone build something like the original DS106 Assignment Bank. My blog machine spits out a long list of posts on this effort, and indicates it goes back to August 2013, so while it pre-dates SPLOTs, it’s in the mix there because it set the stage for all the theme work that followed. Martha Burtis crafted the first bank (my […]

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Thanks Milan – Lessons Learned at #OEGlobal19

It’s too soon and I’m still a little jet lagged to have truly processed this last week, so at this time I’m just going go with a lessons learned list as an initial reflection of the experience that was the Open Education Global Conference in Milan. Lesson 1. Nominate yourself for stuff. It can get you a trip to Italy if it works out. Lesson 2. If you have a child under two, take them. They fly for free and […]

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Tech History Timeline Activity

I use this learning activity when I lead workshops on educational technology. Actually, this is a version of a learning activity I created when I taught Computer Studies courses (more on that later). This activity is a lot of fun. In the header image of this post, you'll notice a timeline behind me on the blackboard. Let me explain the setup and the activty Before the learners arrive, I draw a timeline on the blackboard. In the version above, the […]

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Squall Season – shall we meet virtually?

Open waters in Georgian Bay plus winds from the Northwest equals squalls around Georgian College. We might have to move our regular Friday morning (9 to noon) session with our new full-time faculty to the virtual world. I've been prepping to facilitate our Friday morning session through Zoom tomorrow. This will be the largest group I've facilitated in Zoom. Now, thankfully, my colleague, Amy, led them through a Contingency Planning session last Friday and they did it in Zoom. So […]

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Dreaming is Free

Press play, then start reading. When I was asked to keynote the Fleming College Fall Teaching & Learning Day, I thought it’d be a great chance to heed some advice from Blondie (Dreaming is free, after all) and drop a bunch of ideas for digital learning initiatives that we could do and see which ones that we can breath some life into. Each of these ideas are inspired by some open, networked and/or connectivist learning experiences that are already out […]

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Feeling the Ground by Getting Some Air

I was asked recently to write a guest blog post for the WCET Frontiers blog. WCET works in the practice, policy, & advocacy of technology-enhanced learning in higher education. The post spun out of Gettin’ Air being included in a list of recommended podcasts and I was happy to get the opportunity to reflect on why I enjoy podcasting so much. So head over here to see the post itself! Photo by Devin Avery on Unsplash

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What’s With All The Sharing?

Today I had 15 minutes with the fine folks at the University of Washington-Bothell eLearning Symposium hosted by the Office of Digital Learning, to tell them about some of the things that I do to enable the sharing of pedagogy. I’m hoping that in those 15 minutes I convinced a few to come here and read this post. Because this is an attempt at telling them why. What’s with all this sharing? Here are my slides in which I give […]

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Haida Gwai Happiness

Canada Day was celebrated in an extremely special way in 2019. After spending the early morn scouring Sandspit BC for coffee (no one should have to deal with Peggy pre-caffeine!), I trekked over to the airport to see if I would recognize BC peeps I only sporadically get the pleasure of seeing.  Before that adventure, I guess I will share a few shots of my solo meandering around Sandspit as I stretched my legs after planes, trains, and automobiles to […]

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