Technologist

Extend mOOC, Extender Blogs, mOOC Cohort, North Cohort

Deep Dive

When reading the instructions for this Extend activity, I saw the first one that said “take a look at these course trailers and make a 30 second commercial or trailer for your course.” I got excited as I had already done a course trailer in another EdX course I took and wanted to do some fixes to it so I went ahead! I remember it being frustrating to work with Raw Shorts for the first time and with only having […]

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The Experimenter: Extending myself on Twitter

As part of the Experimenter module on the Extend mOOC, I was asked to do at least three of the daily extend exercises and share them on Twitter. As I had done some previously through the Summer Institute, I decided to start at the most recent and chose some that were interesting to me. I had fun doing them and really pushed myself, just a bit beyond my comfort zone. Here they are! Took way more time than it should […]

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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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Technologist to the Rescue!

Since as far back as I can remember I have embraced technology in my teaching – working from the problem to the potential solution. Over the past year, I have been working through the technologist module of the Ontario Extend website in depth – sometimes intentionally sometimes instinctively.  The Challenge Both my learners and I are challenged by an overwhelming and problematic course. It is a first-year course with a reputation – Students are expected to have difficulty passing. I have been repeatedly been told […]

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Empathy Map for Teachers

Teachers are a dedicated and committed community of mentors and relationship builders.  We often have strong intrinsic motives for doing what we do, and we commit heart and soul to doing it to our best.  This takes a lot of blood, sweat and tears. So in supporting teachers in bringing new technologies into their teaching practices, I wanted to create an empathy map that would pinpoint the things they are saying, doing, hearing and thinking or feeling, in the hopes […]

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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 – Module 2

I’m currently participating in the eCampus Ontario Extend mOOC focused on technology enabled learning.  As part of this medium sized Open Online Course (mOOC) it was suggested that participants keep an ongoing set of notes to document and organize their thoughts about the experience.  As a way to document my experience I’m going to be keeping informal blog notes that reflect on what I’m learning and the activities I’m engaging in via the mOOC. Module 2 of the mOOC is called “Technologist” […]

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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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Defining Digital Literacy for @ontarioextend #oextend with thanks to @data_professor and @OpenUniversity

The technologist module of Ontario Extend asks us to define what digital literacy means to us. If I use the trick I tell my students and just look at the term I would say that literacy is about being competent in something, which would logically mean that digital literacy has to do with competence. In this case, it would relate to one’s competence or ability to use technology (I am trying not to use the word digital here). Broadly speaking, that is correct. […]

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9X9X25 Challenge, Extender Blogs, North Cohort, West Cohort

Defining Digital Literacy for @ontarioextend #oextend with thanks to @data_professor and @OpenUniversity

The technologist module of Ontario Extend asks us to define what digital literacy means to us. If I use the trick I tell my students and just look at the term I would say that literacy is about being competent in something, which would logically mean that digital literacy has to do with competence. In this case, it would relate to one’s competence or ability to use technology (I am trying not to use the word digital here). Broadly speaking, that is correct. […]

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