West Cohort

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

East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Who’s Driving This Playground?

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 […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Randomness Writing Prompt

Daily Extend #183 Tell a story based on Randomness Story Generator Widget. Arlo stood at the side of road, watching the figures fade into the distance. He sighed. They were so sleek and slender, spinning faster and faster away. How he longed to be with them, zipping here and there. The freedom they must feel, wind at their back, able to cross vast distances in no time. Well, alright, not no time but little time. Certainly, less time than Arlo. […]

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Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Finding a Space Between Thoughts in the Classroom #AdvLearn2018 @advlearn

Students (and people in general) are constantly thinking about something. They come into class with a brain full of information from their past experiences. This past year I started implementing Mindfulness activities into the classroom. At Advancing Learning, Dan Woodward shared his experience using mindfulness in the classroom. It was an insightful session from someone who has a lot of experience. His slides are attached to the description at this link. Wokandapix / Pixabay Students in his class and mine have benefited from mindfulness […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Blog Posts As Old Concrete Slabs or Alive in the Cracks In Between?

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 […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Mapping my Extend PLN

 The final activity for the Collaborators Module has us mapping out a Personal Learning  Network (PLN). This is a great exercise as it gives us the ability to visualize our connections. I decided to start with my #Extend PLN, however, I’d like to eventually add all of the connections I’ve made using Twitter, my … Continue reading Mapping my Extend PLN

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Sirona Vapes After Dark

The title of this post is the name of one of my Vaping Shows. For the last 18 months, I have been part of a community that produces online broadcasts using either OBS or Xsplit for the Vaping community. So what does this have to do with creating a PLN. A lot, actually. I have been very interested in different ways of communicating online with technology and I have used other interests such as vaping and gaming to explore those […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Guess who’s coming to dinner?

Recently, our department began work on a project to identify information new students would need to ease their transition to college. The goal was to begin the work on a BlackBoard module set that could be shared with students before they arrived on campus. This process was initiated by our Director and I was given Faculty lead. We had a nice mix of skills and perspectives around the working table and this was supplemented by others outside our group who […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Research Literacy For Massage Therapists

Research Literacy For Massage TherapistsA recent survey of Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario indicated that research awareness is one of the top priorities for the massage profession (Baskwill & Dore. 2016) Since the use of research evidence in clinical decision-making is a core skill for health care practice. It is important that students learn to think critically and evaluate research as part of their entry to practice program. However, there are a number of limitations to incorporating research into an […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Leaving Good Tracks: CNIE Sudbury 2018

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education’s annual conference. This year, it was held in my hometown of Sudbury, Ontario. It was delightful to have a conference come to ME for a change! I enjoyed zipping home between the events of the day and the events of the evening, to change, feed the cats, throw a load of laundry in. As I was flitting between my personal and professional obligations, I found […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

CNIE 2018

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 […]

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