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I’m Did the Extend mOOC Work We Ask of Participants

Among the great lessons I got from my mentor Barbara Ganley was the idea of doing the same assignments assigned to, and along side, your students. In teaching writing at Middlebury College, she completed (and blogged, and syndicated blogs in 2001) the essays she assigned to her students. This too was an ethos I picked up in my early ds106 teaching at University of Mary Washington in parallel with Jim Groom and Martha Burtis. You may not be able to […]

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Evaluating O365 Teams – Can I Grow a Garden Here?

In this post, I’m going to try to apply the Rubric for Evaluating eLearning Tools from colleagues at the Univeristy of Western Ontario to O365 Teams, to determine whether or not it will be a good fit for a virtual workshop delivery and communications platform.  It’s a big old hay field, and I’m going to see if I can grow a garden there. Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com I’ve identified my Learner Challenge, which is to improve access to and […]

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Digital Literacy: A cautionary tale about why we need to agree on what this means…

In the Ontario Extend Technologist module, we’re asked to consider the term “digital literacies” and to review some research and frameworks for understanding the way digital communications influence learning and literacy. Often, the term “digital literacy” is used interchangeably with “understanding how computers/laptops/mobile devices work” or “good at Internet things”.  I want to dispel that idea now – here, digital literacy is a bigger concept than just knowing how to use a device or an app. The JISC resource on Developing […]

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Ontario Extend mOOC: the soft opening

Yes, life gets curse-like interesting when after mocking something you end up using it. But here we go, the edX hosted mOOC (medium sized Open Online Course) I’ve been working on is getting its first visits. The making of this remains to be blogged (can everything ever be all blogged?), but I assembled a short promo video mixing together an animation by the talented artists at eCampus Ontario, with voices and videos from past participants. Again, we are taking the […]

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What exactly is content curation?

I have always prided myself on the ability to curate content but I now realize that I was just simply collecting content. By collecting, I just gathered a bunch of stuff and housed it on my computer. On the other hand, curation is when you handpick content using a certain lens/perspective and add your own voice to it in order to bring value to that collection of seemingly random things. Then, you share it to be consumed by others. Now […]

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Oh The Irony of Driving This Train

Sometimes your own blogging can turn around and nip at ya. One of my favorite tags of posts has been moocmocking. Now I’m riding the train, gimme an “M”… That’s right, now my current project is helping eCampus Ontario run a new round of the Ontario Extend project, starting January 2019… as a mOOC (medium sized Open Online Course). Ontario Extend “is a capacity building initiative that is grounded in the belief that the impact of learning should be the […]

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Cultivating my PLN Garden

I have always loved learning from my colleagues and other educators. I loved attending PD Day activities with my school board. I love going to conferences and participating in workshops or webinars. I love taking courses and learning new things. Look up lifelong learner in the dictionary and you’ll see my name!  However, when I first signed up for Twitter, I didn’t “get it”. I almost abandoned it altogether, but I started following some of the educators that I really […]

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The Value of Collaborative Project Planning

The Project – May/June PD Blitz One of the major projects I was a part of last year was our Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub‘s May/June PD blitz. To give you some context, up until a year or so ago we didn’t have a formal teaching and learning centre at our college; we were just a few people in different departments across the college that collaborated together to support faculty. We officially came together as the Hub team in August […]

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