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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

9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

Ontario #9x9x25 Post Number 7 of 9 #IDIG

Universal Studios or Drew Strutzan [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsSo here I am in week 9 of 9x9x25 backtracking to week 7 for many reasons, not least that 3 weeks can flip by in my life like 5 minutes. It happens all the time, but I’m not going to let it hold me back from finishing projects like this 9x9x25 one. Also, I promised an IDIG post for the amazing Ontario Instructional Design Interest Group, and I want to deliver […]

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Pick A Word To Describe Your Pedagogy

So this is the last post of 9x9x25 and it has seemingly gone by quickly and yet lingered enough for us to engage in great discussions and find wonderful teaching and learning ideas from far and wide. Those of you who have been reading these weekly (i.e. Terry) will know that I have had a theme running through my posts which is words and the origin and meaning of words. I thought words to be a good paradigm through which […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, East Cohort, Extender Blogs, Open Cohort, West Cohort

Employability Skills: Are we failing our students?

This is my 9th post for the 9x9x25 Challenge! The article by Joe Friesen, “One in four Ontario postsecondary students lacks basic literacy, numeracy skills, studies say” posted November 27th in The Globe and Mail claims that post-secondary students have weak skills in literacy, numeracy, problem solving and critical thinking.  The Ministry of Colleges, Training and Universities (MTCU) includes 11 Essential Employability Skills (EES) that are to be taught in all college programs in Ontario. These skills include: communication, numeracy, critical […]

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Unintended Learning From the IASR Training Module – OHRC and AODA

Today I am working on mandatory training even though I am swamped with marking and course prep for next term. These days I am so focused on course design and gamification as I am developing a quest-based approach for the course I am taking next term. Because of this focus, I notice course design elements around me. What I noticed about this course is that they allowed us to choose our path through the course (somewhat) and showed completion through a status bar. The […]

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Quick Reflection – Instructional Designer Soft Skills

The Instructional Design Interest Group from Ontario recently posted Instructional Designer Soft Skills. They highlight skills and approaches that are essential for success in learning development projects that go beyond knowledge of learning theory and technical skills: Start with a good rapport Make expectations clear at the start Under-promise and over-deliver Communicate early and often Use your expertise to guide the project Let them see some of the “magic” behind the scenes The IDIG post reminded me a bit of […]

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We have to stop teaching

I’m a university prof, but I don’t want to teach. That doesn’t mean I want to devote myself to my research, either, the seductive charms of German literature and film notwithstanding. What I really want to do is educate. Photo by Matthieu Joannon on Unsplash This idea has been a hobby horse of mine for a while. I even wrote about it for The Globe and Mail. So apologies in advance for my lack of originality. But when I reflect […]

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Quick Reflection – Breaking Things

Up here in space I’m looking down on you My lasers trace Everything you do You think you’ve private lives Think nothing of the kind There is no true escape I’m watching all the time – Electric Eye, Judas Priest, Screaming for Vengeance (1982) Not my 9x9x25 post this week, but I just read Breaking Things by Helen, and was about to comment when I thought, ‘hey, I can just blog a quick reflection and hopefully it’ll ping back’. Honestly, […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Annotating As Augmenting? Coming to a Web Near You

Here goes one of those blog posts that start out with only a shred of an idea, so in the writing, maybe something emerges. Anyhow, for the Ontario Extend 9x9x25 its really writing about what you are thinking about, right? I’m thinking about a project I am working on with Gardner Campbell. Yes, that Gardner Campbell. We go way back, Dru Glu and I, and his ideas (see personal cyberinfrastructure and Bag of Gold) are foundational to much of the […]

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Lean on me … 9x9x25 (#9)

Support, we’ve all needed it and we’ve all given it to those in need. As a teacher, it is easy to feel alone, a foreigner on a desert island. Without the support of family, friends, colleagues, and administration, it is hard to manage all that comes with the key to a classroom. To prevent burn-out, students and teachers alike need to create a network of supportive bodies around them. Friends serve different purposes in our lives, and depending on what […]

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