BSN4416

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Open-Assessment: It’s Just Good Pedagogy #OER a reflection on OE Fellows Webinar 5: Introduction to Open Educational Practice #OEP from @eCampusOntario

As I reflect on the past term one of the big changes for me was how consciously open and flexible the course was in many ways. The course website was open and students had the choice of how they wanted to meet the learning outcomes. Not only were they involved in defining what the project would be they could choose how they shared their work. Rubrics in the course were also co-created. They defined how they wanted to participate, which ended up […]

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Are Deadlines Dead?

In a recent post, I shared some of the chaos that I experienced as an educator with a highly flexible and customized approach to assignment submission. While today’s 9x9x25 reflection is about another failure, I don’t want you to think the entire course was a flop. There were a lot of successes – I have just chosen to blog about the failures first in case I run out of time. I think we can learn more by Failing Forward than simply […]

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Fantastic Filing Failure

Over the last few weeks I have been compiling a list of blog ideas to write about when I finally catch up. Several relate to lessons learnt from failures in my open online research course where grades are being negotiated. There are several I want to share, but today for the 9x9x25 challenge I am going to focus on just one of these: the hot mess of confusion and disorganization that resulted from too many options. In my course I […]

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The process of Co-created Rubrics in #BSN4416

It was an exciting day when the three rubrics for BSN4416 were finally finalised. Several discussions with students occurred over the first few weeks of the course. Hopefully, the ability to influence the course gave them a sense of agency in their learning. It surprised me how valuable this process was. Yes, it was time-consuming. I argue that it was worth it – Read on. You can watch the recorded parts of the process here if you want to see how […]

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Should we hold hands?

Today, for my 9x9x25 challenge post for Ontario Extend I am questioning how much I should be holding my students’ hands. My students are taking a fourth year research course with me in which I am negotiating grades with them. Due dates are flexible, classes are online and recorded, attendance is optional, the rubrics were co-created and they can do pretty much whatever they want for a final project as long as they meet the course outcomes. They can even choose […]

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Botched Badging? #BSN4416

I am doing something that feels weird in BSN4416, which will be the focus of this post for the 9x9x25 Ontario Extend Challenge. To be honest, I have no idea why I am doing it. Ok, I do know why – because the students said they wanted it. Since they said they wanted it I am adding a badging system to the course. I think they said it sounded like fun. However, normally if you ask me why I am doing something […]

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Can students really create a rubric? #BSN4416

Today I started the process of getting students to co-construct rubrics with me. One question faculty ask when they hear about my gradeless plan is if the students have the skill set to make their own rubrics. Here are my preliminary thoughts. My Experience At the beginning of our online live session, there were some silences as I asked for their suggestions for the rubric. I used survey responses (there were only 2), the rubric for rubrics and the course objectives […]

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Feelings about going “gradeless” in Week 1 of #BSN4416

As Cambrian’s Innovation Champion I have been given an amazing opportunity to try new things with my students. In short, I am teaching openly on this website (while still offering students the Moodle option) and negotiating their grades. My first online class was quite different than I imagined. I think my students left feeling a little confused. Someone commented that it was hard to follow and I am not quite sure if that was because of the open website being new […]

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What is the purpose of grading?

In preparation for teaching a research course in which I am embracing feedback focused assessment (going gradeless in a way). I have finally begun to delve into some of the evidence around grading. I found Schinske and Tanner (2014)‘s discussion of grading particularly intriguing. They draw attention to the controversy surrounding the merits and validity of present-day grading system. PixLoger / Pixabay We spend a lot of time as educators assigning grades to students, but why? In my research courses, I have […]

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Empowering Options: Inclusive and Universal Design for Learning @CambrianHub and Day 9 #makingsense18

June 7th in the Hub Robert Montgomery and Jessica O’Reilly discussed ways to design learning in a way that meets the needs of learners with a variety of learning styles. The discussion was framed around three main areas for discussion: Multiple ways of Representation Action and Expression Engagement Inclusive design was also the topic of Day 9 in the Making Sense of Open Education MOOC that is currently going on. I ran a quick check of some of my materials […]

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