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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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Annotating As Augmenting? Coming to a Web Near You

Here goes one of those blog posts that start out with only a shred of an idea, so in the writing, maybe something emerges. Anyhow, for the Ontario Extend 9x9x25 its really writing about what you are thinking about, right? I’m thinking about a project I am working on with Gardner Campbell. Yes, that Gardner Campbell. We go way back, Dru Glu and I, and his ideas (see personal cyberinfrastructure and Bag of Gold) are foundational to much of the […]

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Lean on me … 9x9x25 (#9)

Support, we’ve all needed it and we’ve all given it to those in need. As a teacher, it is easy to feel alone, a foreigner on a desert island. Without the support of family, friends, colleagues, and administration, it is hard to manage all that comes with the key to a classroom. To prevent burn-out, students and teachers alike need to create a network of supportive bodies around them. Friends serve different purposes in our lives, and depending on what […]

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This Badge of Wrangler of Writing

I cast my 9x9x25 vote for Terry Greene and pin upon him this badge of Wrangler of Writing. Perhaps it can go by his other notable badges. Particularly, the True Friend badge from the infamous Talky Tina. He used his true friendship techniques to wrangle a group of us together to share some ideas. He managed to do so humanly and digitally, and led us there by his own example as a sharing open author. Terry has wrangled writing before. […]

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