eCampus Ontario

Below are all syndicated blog posts from eCampus Ontario staff (they participate too!) See also the list of active blogs.

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Learning with Lynda(.com)

This post was co-authored with Jackie Pichette, Senior Researcher and (Acting) Manager for the Centre for Learning Outcomes Assessment at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).  NASA Goddard Space Flight “Cultivating Egypt’s Desert” used under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 2.0) Educators around the world are being called on to pull up their socks and save the economy: to “bridge,” “plug” or “prevent” the skills gap by equipping students with the technical and transferable skills needed […]

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Is social media “the” problem?

Rather Than Asking If Social Media Is The Problem, Let’s Ask What The Screen Reflects This article captures a number of my own thoughts about the “problems” of social media – I especially like the “keeping up with the Joneses” analogy. Our desire to capture and communicate a positive identity has always existed. Keeping diaries was all the rage for millions of our Victorian era predecessors. Social media is the latest manifestation. It’s something we brought into existence, not something […]

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The Web of Influence

I have been thinking about a good way to keep track  of the articles that I collect to possibly use in the courses that focus on “The Web of Influence”.  Recently a colleague suggested that I use a “blog” and so I will give this platform another try.   I have attempted to keep an active blog dozens of times before – let’s see if this time, it will work.  This space will focus on topics for my classes.  

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Extend: Teacher for Learning

After some (well, repeated) gentle browbeating from T. Greene, it’s time to add my small contributions to the activities of Extend. It is such a worthwhile project, I am not sure what took me so long. Mine may not be the most innovative of exercises, but they have been tried and tested on at least one cohort of learners. I never taught the same course twice as the college wanted courses re-designed and the most efficient and economical way forward […]

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Take Note

I am currently in the process of collecting exemplars of the Ontario Extend module activities for an in-development activity bank. It’s looking pretty slick thanks to the Internet construction machine that is Alan Levine (aka cogdog). Stay tuned for that! I thought it couldn’t hurt to do a couple myself. This is the last one, I swear! I did one yesterday, too. This is my take on the Extend activity at the bottom of this page in the Teacher for […]

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And We All Dine On

This page of the Ontario Extend Collaborator Module includes words that, when you read them, make your brain think that you might want to create an image of a dining table representing a project that you’ve worked on. “Okay” my brain thought upon reading these words. “I’ll do that.” Using the latest of bare bones basic visual editing software (Microsoft Paint for Windows 10) and the wonderful people of the world who openly licence their photography, I was able to piece […]

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Interrupt Yourself

Yesterday morning I had a moment where I realized I wasn’t too sure what to do next, work-wise. So I decided to take the moment to check in on Benjamin Doxdator‘s writing, because that stuff will fill you right up with things you maybe need to think about. It’s so good. I think I was drawn to click on a post called “What Should Give Educators Pause in 2018” because I was kind of taking a little pause from just […]

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Overjoyed – A Ghost of Ed-Tech Past

If there were an ed-tech museum, there would likely be a whole wing dedicated to the overhead projector. In its day, it was used and abused like it was going out of style. You know, like PowerPoint. Also like PowerPoint, it had its moments. One of my all time favorite school moments is owed partly to the overhead projector. And human error of course. It was the typical elementary school assembly, holiday edition. Everyone sitting cross-legged in lines on the […]

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Gettin’ Bigger Air

A ways back I told you how I was getting a little bit of air time on voicEd.ca. In that post was a link to the pilot episode of Gettin’ Air. Now we are up and running with 7 episodes!  Using the analogy of getting some air on our bmx bikes, we are now at the point where we are not petrified to ride up to the jump. And we will do it with a little more speed. That means we […]

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Don’t Save a Thing For Later

My tanks aren’t empty, but I want to try my best to use it all up while I’m here. I’ve been on secondment to eCampusOntario for two and a half months now. Its official end is March 31st, 2018. I know it could possibly go longer, But I want to work with what I for sure have to the best of my ability. I feel it’s time to make a concerted effort to extinguish all my resources, connections, and ideas […]

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