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That’s a Wrap

One final post for the 9x9x25 challenge I hadn’t anticipated. Looking back over the posts I had no idea that I would write as much as I did. Sure I could, in theory, have started blogging alone, but overall it was the group of people gathered together through eCampus Ontario (big H/T to Terry) that made it a compelling activity. There were so many remarkable posts, which also encouraged me to change the way I write by doing the “quick […]

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Our First EdTech SLAM!

It’s not quite in the same flavour as the poetry slams I’ve attended, and no chanting at those who go over time, “you bastard, you’ve ruined it for everyone, but it was well worth it.” Today I facilitated the first EdTech SLAM! for our academic technology support group, and it’s December so the group was small but enthusiastic. We had 8 presentations today: Consults at a distance with ODIN and WebEx Building your BBL course site in 3 minutes (or […]

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Grading – Half Empty or Half Full?

Tis the season it seems. Grading is on the minds of students as well as instructors I work with. This is not going to be a post about the merits or grading, or going gradeless, or better workflow, etc. Instead I need to reflect on a comment an instructor recently said while we were talking about giving feedback (and eventually grading). Sidenote: I am currently working with this instructor on using a single-point rubric to provide space for narrative and […]

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The Proverbial Why Blog Post (and is it a Howitzer?)

Blogging about blogging is a repeated trope inside this blog and I’d bet commonly elsewhere. Why do it again? It seems appropriate for my last (and consistently late, but one of the things about blogging is making your own rules) of nine posts for the Ontario Extend 9x9x25 challenge. I actually realized I was more than a few short, so resorted to back tagging 2 previously written ones from early October. Sue me (and c.f previous parenthetical on rules). After […]

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Expanding our Online Learning Toolkit with WordPress

In most post-secondary institutions online courses are developed and delivered through a Learning Management System (LMS). It seems as though this has always been the way. And even though times have changed, technology has changed and even approaches to online teaching and learning have changed the LMS stays more or less the same. Over the last several years in our institution we have seen a shift in what learners are expecting and what the sectors provide courses for want to […]

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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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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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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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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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