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To Discuss or to Dialogue

Many of the concepts from the readings for lesson 2 were familiar to me from focusing on pedagogy while I was getting my doctorate and from developing training for Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) in my role as an ID. I have used the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework with SMEs to indicate their role in creating community in the online course that they were designing with my support. Figure 1. Community of Inquiry framework (Adapted from Garrison et al., 2000) […]

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Welcome to Digital Tech in Adult Ed (EDUC5405)

When I wonder what my cats would say about me, I suspect they would focus on what I can do for them. I took this photo when I first brought this catnip plant home in May. Hello to my peers in Digital Tech in Adult Education (EDUC5405)! My name is Carrie, and I’m a Degree Quality Consultant at a community college in Southwestern Ontario. Before I started this role, I was seconded as a Curriculum Consultant during a family leave […]

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TESS2019 and Experimenter Badge

I attended both days of TESS2019 earlier this week. On the first day, I presented on an experiment from my most recent delivery of COMM1085: two uses of a checklist in Brightspace/D2L/eConestoga that were designed to incorporate more UDL into the course. On the second day, I participated in a workshop to explore the Experimenter mindset using H5P. I was electrified… (boo! literal image…) Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I used the platform provided to apply for my Experimenter badge […]

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So Why SoTL?

This post is my response to the SoTL #2 Engage with SoTL activity, included in the Scholar Module of Ontario Extend.  Right from the first time I found myself in front of a classroom, I knew I needed to conduct research in education. Teaching and learning are incredibly complex activities, and as a twenty-something TA flung in front of a group of undergraduates, I was acutely aware of how little I knew about all of it. Years and multiple degrees […]

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Digital Literacy for Teaching

As part of the Ontario Extend mOOC there has been discussion of the idea of ‘Digital Literacy’ in Teaching. As part of that discussion, I read and really like the outline of the Seven elements of digital literacies by ©Jisc.I believe that digital literacy in teaching is no longer a ‘nice to be’ but is a ‘Must Be’. In general, I think many people use the term digital literacy to mainly focus in two directions; 1) their career and identity footprint […]

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SoTL at Colleges

Many discussions I have with colleagues who work at universities centre around two main concepts that are usually posed as questions. One, what does pedagogy look like at your institution and two, what does research look like at your institution? These two ideas often highlight preconceived notions or misconceptions about differentiations. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a wonderful way to bridge divides that may be present. The three keys to SoTL in my opinion are a focus […]

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SoTL at Colleges

Many discussions I have with colleagues who work at universities centre around two main concepts that are usually posed as questions. One, what does pedagogy look like at your institution and two, what does research look like at your institution? These two ideas often highlight preconceived notions or misconceptions about differentiations. The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a wonderful way to bridge divides that may be present. The three keys to SoTL in my opinion are a focus […]

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Ethical Considerations

      I have submitted to the Research Ethics Board once during my final project for my Masters, and it was a process that was far more intensive than I originally thought it would be.   A lot of it seemed more relevant to actual science experiments, but I learned that it there are always ethical concerns associated with any research involving human participants even if the method used is considered non-intrusive (like a survey).       In this project, two data collection […]

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Plan for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Project

I am curious about why students have poor attendance. I am interested in examining instructional strategies to increase student engagement, participation and attendance.  I would like to see class time spent in a more meaningful way: improved discussion and opportunities for experiential learning.   I am open to trying a variety of methods within my class and using a variety of evaluation tools to see which strategy, or combination of strategies, works.  Research Question:  What strategies can be implemented to improve […]

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Sidney Helped

This post is in response to the Map Your PLN activity in the Collaborator module of Ontario Extend.    I signed up for Twitter in September, 2016 but didn’t really do anything with my account for at least another year after that. It wasn’t a platform that came naturally to me, and truth told I still feel a bit fumbley and slow when I compare my Tweeting to my other online social activities. I was a late adopter, but I […]

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