Ideas

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The value of micro-credentials and badging

I recently attended a learning outcomes symposium organized by the Council of Ontario Universities, the organization that is responsible for the university sector affairs of the 21 major universities in our Ontario (Canada) system. The keynote speaker, Ryan Craig, from University Ventures, surprised the audience with some challenging ideas taken from his recent book, A New U: Faster + Cheaper Alternatives to College.  I was somewhat confused by the sense of fright that many of my colleagues in the audience […]

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A running start to 2018-19

As I look ahead to the 2018-19 academic year, I see a great trajectory for Ontario colleges and universities. On top of the exemplary programs already on offer from our institutions, we are seeing growing interest from prospective students in flexible online pathways to skills and credentials that will provide them with a range of academic and career pathways to pursue. Five themes are coming to the fore and we are seeing increasing activity across our member institutions to implement […]

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Embracing the nudge

I recently attended WCET’s annual summit that examined Ethical and Equitable Access in Digital Learning. It’s been a few years since I’ve attended a WCET event and I’ve missed the high-level discussions that occur at them, often on topics that are just about to emerge in mainstream higher education conversations. This year’s event was no exception, and the timing was perfect for the theme. The summit was promoted as an opportunity for rich discussion on three topics: Equity as a […]

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Possible shapes for the future of digital learning in Quebec

On May 29 and 29 I had the privilege to connect with colleagues in Quebec at Numerique 2018, a conference organized by the University of Montreal’s EDULib team, led by Professor Bruno Poellhuber – a very cool guy. My keynote opened the conference on the evening of May 28. The conference looked closely at advances in thinking about OER, MOOCs and distance education practice in general. Examples and discussions of possible futures were provided by speakers from Ontario, France (Catherine […]

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Summer of Extending: Filling in For DJ Terry Greene at CBEX

As noted by Terry Greene, for June, July, and August I am aiming to fill his shoes in managing the Ontario Extend faculty development/enrichment experience. He’s on holiday leave to be a dad again. For those who know and get to work with Terry, those are some extra large sized shoes. I try on Terry’s shoe pic.twitter.com/vY5wDD6vhL — Alan Levine ? (@cogdog) May 25, 2018 I’ve had the fortune to know Terry since in curiosity he wandered into a “Western” […]

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Let’s Hammer Out a Strategy for OER in the Trades in Ontario

In May 2017 at the ONCAT Student Pathways Conference, Tracie Marsh-Fior (Executive Director OntarioLearn) and I presented some ideas about open educational resource (OER) development for trades training. What we were pitching was the collaborative development of openly licensed instructional resources that could be used in classrooms or in more flexible arrangements through online delivery. Specifically, we were suggesting open resources to support the theory portions of technical and vocational programs in a way that benefits learners, employers and institutions. […]

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Listening to the Spring Rain and Wikipedia

So far in 2018, the second Monday evening of the month is technology night at the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR). In my new (volunteer) position as Learning Technologist, I suggested this ongoing event to help the faculty and administration improve their digital skills as they transition to an online accredited institution. For our first project, I set up a free Wikiversity course so we can all learn to edit and eventually create Wikipedia pages. “The Wikiversity e-Learning model […]

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