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Pins and needles are usually harmless, but it’s best not to ignore them

Pins and needles are usually harmless, but it's best not to ignore them Studio GL/Shutterstock Adam Taylor, Lancaster University Everyone has experienced it: that tingling, prickling feeling you get in your limbs when you’ve been sitting or lying in one position for too long. Medical people call it parathesia, but to the rest of us, it’s “pins and needles”. And here’s how it works. Our bodies contain miles of nerves and blood vessels. Most people know that nerves carry messages […]

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Oh CRAAP, it’s a Test!

This post is responding to the “Holy CRAAP” activity in the Curator module of Ontario Extend.  I found and discussed a series of Indigenization Guides earlier in this module, and now I’m applying the CRAAP test to evaluate the efficacy of the resources. Currency: They’re current! Relevance: One of my favourite elements of these guides is that they’re customized for specific target audiences, so the relevance is quite high for a multitude of stakeholders. Accuracy: These Guides have been well […]

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OER FTW

This post is responding to the “Find Your Fit” activity found in the Curator module of Ontario Extend.   Last week was Open Education Week, and we went gangbusters with our outreach efforts, both on campus and in the community. It was exciting, and exhausting. I could write thousands of joyful words about faculty interest in and adoption of OER. I feel like last year we started a conversation about Open Education. This year it’s starting to happen. It’s fabulous. […]

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Stayin’ Alive

This post is in response to the “Consider This” activity found in the Curator module of Ontario Extend.    I’ve always tried to find interesting, thematically connected images to anchor my online course design to. For example, the top bit of my College Communications course looks like: Here’s a Basic Math course I designed for our Academic Upgrading program, which includes both a landing image and tile images to complement each topic: Needless to say, I see value in incorporating […]

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I’m Did the Extend mOOC Work We Ask of Participants

Among the great lessons I got from my mentor Barbara Ganley was the idea of doing the same assignments assigned to, and along side, your students. In teaching writing at Middlebury College, she completed (and blogged, and syndicated blogs in 2001) the essays she assigned to her students. This too was an ethos I picked up in my early ds106 teaching at University of Mary Washington in parallel with Jim Groom and Martha Burtis. You may not be able to […]

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Mapping my PLN

Photo from Chris Jobling https://www.flickr.com/photos/cpjobling/ I decided to use Coggle to map my PLN and quickly learned a few things! One, you have to pay to be able to use extra features which I wasn’t prepared to do as am not 100% certain if I will continue to use it. Not having access to certain features made it difficult to connect some of the nodes and people in my PLN to each other if they were in different nodes. I […]

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Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 4 Stretches

The #ExtendmOOC I’m currently participating in has ‘stretches’ built into it.  These stretches often pose a question, require some creative thinking, and are quick fun activities,  The stretches are made available throughout each module and are considered extras.  I’ve really enjoyed these activities – partially because a lot of them have involved memes, gifs, and images.  … Continue reading Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 4 Stretches

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We’ll Make It I Swear

Oh. We’re half way there. We are at the start of the second half of #ExtendmOOC. We are at the beginning of the Collaborator Module, with two more to go after this. There’s still a ways to go. But we’ll get there. I love that people are going their own pace, coming and going. Doing it in short sprints here and there. Keeping pace or catching up in bursts. Every day I get notifications that there are badge applications waiting […]

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Module 2, Act. 1 – Digital Literacies for Teaching

Photo by Damian Zaleski on Unsplash I've struggled a bit with this activity - can someone say procrastinate (as I start this Module 2 activity while the rest of the world starts Module 4)?!I think when I started this activity, my impression that digital literacy was the ability to use technology. My brother and I have taken different paths in our lives and it's easy to see how our abilities to use technology are very different. While I'm at a […]

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What makes joints pop and crack?

What makes joints pop and crack and is it a sign of disease? MossStudio/Shutterstock Rebecca Shepherd, Lancaster University and Adam Taylor, Lancaster University Joints emit a variety of noises, including popping, snapping, catching, clicking, grinding, grating and clunking. The technical term for these noises is “crepitus”, from the Latin “to rattle”. People of all ages can experience crepitus, although it becomes more common with old age. So what causes crepitus? Air bubbles forming in the joint spaces are the most […]

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