Reflections

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YouTube for Teaching (Focused on Student-Created Videos)

Today at the Cambrian Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub Jeff and I discussed uses of YouTube with a small group of interested educators. During this discussion, we were able to address the main questions of participants. Options and advantages of educator produced videos was briefly discussed. However, this group of educators was primarily interested in having students create videos as coursework. There are many ways to support student video production. Some suggestions were added to this website. It will keep being added to as suggestions […]

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Rethinking Innovation: Moving Forward for Student Success #AdvLearn2018 @eCampusOntario

David Porter, CEO of eCampus Ontario delivered the closing keynote for the Advancing Learning conference. He opened by acknowledging the awesome work of the conference organizers, who understand the importance of good food and gaming … I mean, um … networking. #AdvLearn2018 keynote David Porter in day 2 – “I love the smell of bacon in the morning!” pic.twitter.com/bXsQVTAkWP — Amy Lin (@amylin1962) May 25, 2018 Networking My favorite part of attending conferences is making new friends, turning them into […]

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Finding a Space Between Thoughts in the Classroom #AdvLearn2018 @advlearn

Students (and people in general) are constantly thinking about something. They come into class with a brain full of information from their past experiences. This past year I started implementing Mindfulness activities into the classroom. At Advancing Learning, Dan Woodward shared his experience using mindfulness in the classroom. It was an insightful session from someone who has a lot of experience. His slides are attached to the description at this link. Wokandapix / Pixabay Students in his class and mine have benefited from mindfulness […]

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Innovation: How do we make it happen? #cnie2018sudbury @CNIE_RCIE @eCampusOntario

Yesterday I attended a group discussion around the barriers to innovation as well as how to encourage more participation in the Canadian Network of Innovation in Education (CNIE) conferences. Here are a few notes from the conversation mixed with some reflections of my own and unanswered questions. DasWortgewand / Pixabay Barriers Tenure According to participants, the tenure process, by definition, opposes or stifles innovation. I am not very familiar with the tenure process, yet I hear that to achieve tenure […]

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Should I Apply to be Cambrian’s Innovation Champion? @cambriancollege @cambrianhub

Before I begin this reflection, I just want to say that anyone can be a champion of innovation without the job title. In fact, that is how my husband talked me out of applying for a job that called my name but has a vague description and many unknowns. As I found a place to sit in the gym at my daughter’s school dance, I located a plugin, which ironically was beside a former student. We discussed the reasons I […]

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Nursing in the Open: #OEGlobal Reflections

As I sit in my room in Delft after the most amazing conference experience a newcomer to open education could imagine, I am left with a lasting hope for the possibilities open education can have for nursing education in Ontario. @NurseKillam – would be very interested in how nursing practitioner-educators view OER in terms of quality. I've had conversations with folk in this discipline who have lots of concerns over accuracy, and some risks. https://t.co/svpNozVrDO — Adrian Stagg (@OpenKuroko) April […]

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Can Democrats learn from President Macron’s example?

http://markcorbettwilson.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Trump_Macron_NATO.mp4   At the 2017 ceremony to open the new NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, French President Macron demonstrated how to communicate with a bully. I added the Belgian national anthem, performed by the US Navy band, for atmosphere. And a fake news ending. If the video player isn’t working for you, you can watch President Macron handle Trump on YouTube.    

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Further Education Adventures of an Adult Student Spring 2018

Above – Stay on the Path A mashup I made from a google map image of Berkeley City College, a picture of the Campanile at UC Berkeley and an inviting meadow leading into a thicket of distractions. One year ago (April 2017), having struggled with the culture of incompetence across the Peralta Community College District (PCCD) during my years of service as a student representative, I emailed my counselor and asked what was needed to complete my two Associate’s degrees. […]

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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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Further Adventures of an Adult Student

I’m completing a Bachelor’s degree online at Metropolitan State University’s College of Individualized Studies in St. Paul, Minnesota. I chose Metro State because they were originally a University Without Walls when created in 1971. I’m also a student and worker at the Western Institute for Social Research in Berkeley, California, which grew out of Berkeley’s University Without Walls after it imploded. I had to have all my transcripts sent to Metro State, just from the accredited schools, eight in all. […]

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