This is a blog post version of my talk this morning at the Fleming College Spring Teaching & Learning Day. I spoke about how using Twitter can help you grow a professional learning network. And maybe a little bit about how PLN building is not a shmoozefest just for your own personal benefit. It can and should also be of service to others. I only had 25 minutes, and I’m writing this before it happens, so here everything is in […]
Start a new game. Continue one you already started. Quit without even starting. These are your options when you enter a video game. Ontario Extend is not so much a video game as it is a healthy lifestyle choice for your pedagogical endeavors, but we are offering up all three of these options for the #ExtendmOOC that we are currently running. (3rd option strongly discouraged). It is currently Day 71 of 91 originally planned days spent in the EdX LMS […]
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Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Digital Pedagogy Lab in Toronto. There were five intensive tracks. I chose to go for the Digital Storytelling track led by Chris Friend. I worried maybe I was taking the safe route by choosing a topic I’ve done some work in before. I think I kind of just wanted the chance to jump back on that horse. When you see other track leads like Martha Burtis, Dave Cormier, Jesse Stommel, Sean […]
Among the great lessons I got from my mentor Barbara Ganley was the idea of doing the same assignments assigned to, and along side, your students. In teaching writing at Middlebury College, she completed (and blogged, and syndicated blogs in 2001) the essays she assigned to her students. This too was an ethos I picked up in my early ds106 teaching at University of Mary Washington in parallel with Jim Groom and Martha Burtis. You may not be able to […]
A brief history of open to introduce interested learners and educators to its growth and impact. It is a simple sampling of milestones.
The Teacher for Learning module of Ontario Extend includes the activity, What’s in it for Me? This activity challenged us to brainstorm a list of WIIFM from a student perspective. Rather than just brainstorm, I went back to conversations I’d had with students regarding the reasons they’re studying. When I speak with my students, most can articulate a reason why they’re in the program they’ve chosen to pursue. These responses are varied and cover the range of typical reasons adults […]
We get into post-secondary teaching because we want our students to learn our industry, trade, field or discipline. We want to pass on our knowledge and experience to the next generation in the workforce. In order to do this effectively, we need to be reflective practitioners; we need to be able to be honest with ourselves about what is working in our teaching practice and what isn’t. I received last semester’s course feedback from my Dean over the weekend. I […]
Feedback from students help to inform your teaching practice. At the end of every semester students are given the opportunity to provide feedback on their course experience; however, it would be beneficial for you to gather ongoing formative feedback during the semester. Gathering formative feedback: Gives you an idea of students’ perceptions on the effectiveness of your learning activities Demonstrates that you are responsive to your students’ concerns in a timely manner, thus building a positive feedback experience for studentsAllows […]