During a recent trip to Fiji celebrating our ten year wedding anniversary, my wife and I were lucky enough to visit a local primary school. It had roughly 200 students with a class for each year level. It is always interesting appreciating learning in different contexts. It highlights some things that we take for granted. Using the lens of the Modern Learning Canvas: The Modern Learning Canvas is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. Here are some […]
Today is #NationalMentalHealthDay. For myself, every day is #MentalHealthDay. I wish it were so for everyone. But care and concern about mental health is just one of many, many parts of our daily context we ignore as [whatever the larger-scale equivalent of sensory gating — selective attention?] kicks in to, ironically, maintain our sanity in the face of living with all the things. And I know we can’t pay attention to everything, in life or in teaching. In education there’s […]
Before I (re)start (ed)blogging1, if that is indeed what ends up happening here, I feel like I should think about why I stopped. Because I worked in education and technology in the early years of the modern era (1995ish)—and because I had fallen into early use of the Internet (BITNET!) and primitive email (and eventually the web) as part of my creative writing efforts and a desperation to connect with other writers outside of my little Alaskan town, with all […]
This blog is a remix of a remix. A good thing in my view. Since 2013, I’ve built upon a presentation created by Clint Lalonde of BCcampus. He called it Beyond Free. The original presentation was licensed CC BY-SA, and I’ve since added to it and updated and localized its message to suit different audiences. It remains a winner that consistently inspires instructors to rethink their current practices and take a leap into the open realm. The great thing about […]
Associate Dean Aaron Klooster and Professors Tony Douglass and Kimberley Norman, representatives of Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology visited Northern Ireland in May 2017. While the purpose of the trip was to visit our partner college, Southwest College in Omagh, Northern Ireland, we were fortunate to have the opportunity to see some spectacular geology! We visited Giant’s Causeway on the north shore of Northern Ireland. This is a World Heritage site that is a laterally voluminous collection of […]
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