Scholar

Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Open Media: Using audio and video as part of open teaching practice with @Cambrian_Jess @hj_dewaard and @eCampusOntario #OEFellow

Today I was excited to be part of the first of five webinars by eCampusOntario’s Open Fellows. It was exciting to see so many people engaged in the chat! They were so engaged I couldn’t keep up. We hope that we have inspired our audience to give audio or video a try in their teaching. We all believe that the use of audio or video helps to meet the needs of learners, makes you seem human and helps to build […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Scholarly Reflection

Photo by Cédric Servay on Unsplash I found it really difficult to get started with the Scholar module. I had heard of SoTL in the past and had explored some aspects of it through reading and research. I liked the idea of some systematic approach to trying to improve some aspect of your practice and following that up to  see if it actually worked. I would describe the approach as a spiral that may loop around but does represent movement forward. Articulating a […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Dilemmas with the Scholar Module

AHHHHHH! I want to scream out the backdoor and shake my fist in the air!! Maybe it is just me but the Scholar Module is tough! Actually, wait, it is just me!! Please, other Extenders, do not give up on the Scholar Module because I am having a tough time getting my head around it. Here’s why: As a faculty member who has working exclusively in Student Services for the past 11 years (in August), I don’t have a course […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Focusing the SoTL Research Area

My next step in SoTL is to focus in on a Research area. I have decided to focus on an area of tutor training, specifically, the technique I share called Simulated Instruction Model. This turned out to be incorrect, the actual name is Strategic Instruction Model. Because I am focusing this project on tutors, I want to evaluate the impact of changing my approach to teaching this model to see if tutors will be more likely to use the model with […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, West Cohort

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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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Scholar Module: A Beginning

OntarioExtend’s Scholar Module begins with a review of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). So what is SoTL? Here are a few definitions: Randy Bass, in the video Key Characteristics of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, describes SoTL as “faculty undertaking systematic inquiry of learning in his or her own classroom” (0:07). Boyer (1990) defined SoTL as “is an emerging movement of scholarly thought and action that draws on the reciprocal relationship between teaching and learning at the […]

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Extender Blogs, West Cohort

Subterranean Scholarship Blues (#oext138)

  Today’s Daily Extend (#oext138) is titled Subterranean Scholarship Blues. This Extend challenged us to consider instructional challenges we have faced in the past.   This Extend ties into the Scholar Module during which we will explore the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL).   The Scholarship module is all about evaluating your teaching practice and finding the places where it’s just not working, where we can improve as teachers, or how we can better support our students. For this Extend, I decided […]

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East Cohort, eCampus Ontario, Extender Blogs, Ideas from Lead Extenders

Reflective scholarship is a portal to improved practice

Greetings #ExtendEast – @ontarioextend Extend East Cohort – and welcome to the Scholar module. When I was thinking about how to construct the Scholar module, it didn’t take long for me to think about the most challenging moment I’d experienced as a teacher during the last few years. Much of my recent experience had been as an online instructor in UBC’s Master of Educational Technology (MET) program, which is fully online experience for students. However, when I was asked to […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs

Constructions of Organizations Reflection

My learning journey through the historical timeline of constructing organizations has been personally rewarding but also challenging in many ways. Previous learning can enhance or interfere with new learning (Ambrose et al., 2010) as sometimes knowing a bit too much about a topic can prevent you from fully appreciating it as an analogy or metaphor. My knowledge of ecological systems both enriched and detracted from the ease of understanding organizational theories. Any struggles I experienced this term were self-inflicted as I wrestled with new concepts with the same sense of urgency […]

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