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Chronic Condition Fair

At the beginning of the semester, I had presentations scheduled for two of my courses: one batch scheduled for the beginning of the semester and the other batch scheduled for the end of the semester. After batch 1, I knew we would not be doing presentations again. It’s not that they were poorly done. It’s that they were intended for students to learn from one another, and I’m willing to bet this did not happen. For most of them, anyway. […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Quick Marking Tip: Be Nice!

It is marking season. I don’t have a lot of time to blog because I have a lot of literature reviews to mark. Marking literature reviews is time-consuming but enjoyable. I also set daily goals. Because I love progress.— Laura Killam (she/her) (@NurseKillam) December 3, 2019 I am behind schedule and have not been meeting my daily goals because I underestimated how long they would take to grade (on average 2 hours each). I decided to blog today anyways because […]

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Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit of Privacy and Security

A little while back I was involved in a Twitter thread in which I suggested the Brave browser for its integrated privacy and security settings. Both! I sync my Brave wallet across all my browsers, though. This is just one of the browsers and, wow, it's disturbing. pic.twitter.com/aziApUdiQA— Dr. Ryan "Rebel Without a Clause" Straight (@RyanStraight) December 3, 2019 That’s fairly striking, I know. Maybe I should do a blog post on this kinda thing. A "so you want to […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

Picking the Low-Hanging Fruit of Privacy and Security

A little while back I was involved in a Twitter thread in which I suggested the Brave browser for its integrated privacy and security settings. Both! I sync my Brave wallet across all my browsers, though. This is just one of the browsers and, wow, it's disturbing. pic.twitter.com/aziApUdiQA— Dr. Ryan "Rebel Without a Clause" Straight (@RyanStraight) December 3, 2019 That's fairly striking, I know. Maybe I should do a blog post on this kinda thing. A "so you want to […]

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

A Shinier DS106 Assignment Bank Theme

I’ve been deep in the code tunnels rebuilding and adding to maybe my most complex WordPress theme, the one that let’s anyone build something like the original DS106 Assignment Bank. My blog machine spits out a long list of posts on this effort, and indicates it goes back to August 2013, so while it pre-dates SPLOTs, it’s in the mix there because it set the stage for all the theme work that followed. Martha Burtis crafted the first bank (my […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, mOOC Cohort, West Cohort

Thanks Milan – Lessons Learned at #OEGlobal19

It’s too soon and I’m still a little jet lagged to have truly processed this last week, so at this time I’m just going go with a lessons learned list as an initial reflection of the experience that was the Open Education Global Conference in Milan. Lesson 1. Nominate yourself for stuff. It can get you a trip to Italy if it works out. Lesson 2. If you have a child under two, take them. They fly for free and […]

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Teach-Coordinate-Create #Focus2020

My mind is often spinning. In a good way—brimming with ideas and thoughts and plans and initiatives and imagination and possibility. Never is this more true than at the end of a conference when I’ve engaged with and intersected with people equally as passionate about education as I am. The challenge is what to do with all that. At the time, in the midst of it it all, it’s easy to feel like everything is possible. But in the wake […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Three Activities To Improve Exam Readiness

Today’s Tuesday Teaching Tip is the first one directed at my colleagues instead of my students. Before my last class, I went to the literature to look for ways to improve student readiness for exams and decrease test anxiety. One article, in particular, was quite thought-provoking (Poorman, Mastorovich, & Gerwick, 2019). In class, we talked about the hierarchy of evidence and I shared that although the article is low on the pyramid I can still use it to inform my […]

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The Tale of Incorporating Volunteering, Student Choice & Field Placement Preparation into an Assignment

Once upon a time there was a teacher named Profvocate Mel who had an idea to incorporate volunteering into an assignment. She gave the students choice, with one non-volunteering option as it did not feel right to force them into it, especially as it would likely become “volun-told-ing.” Profvocate Mel worried about the students who chose to volunteer and whether there would be enough opportunities for them across the city. Would they have time to get a criminal record check? […]

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