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Extend Through Play

Playing in the Sandbox Giphy.com Module Five in the Ontario Extend mOOC is Experimenter. In this module we started off by playing. I say playing because daily extends are small stretches that are fun. We were encouraged to complete a minimum of three daily extends in Module Five. Daily extends are short activities that take about 20 minutes and encourage creativity. The assignment instructions stated there were no prizes but suddenly there were tweets regarding the daily leader board. Similar […]

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Teaching an Old Dog New Tricks…

#extendmOOC – Experimenter Module – ACTIVITY 3 The picture I chose for my feature image is one by  Sharon McCutcheon on Unsplash. I chose it because it reminds us how much education has changed.  The box is old and reminiscent of a time when education was all paper and pencil and teachers were the purveyors of all information.  Now students can learn almost anything they want from the Internet.  Teachers and the education system have to change and evolve to […]

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Ethical Considerations

      I have submitted to the Research Ethics Board once during my final project for my Masters, and it was a process that was far more intensive than I originally thought it would be.   A lot of it seemed more relevant to actual science experiments, but I learned that it there are always ethical concerns associated with any research involving human participants even if the method used is considered non-intrusive (like a survey).       In this project, two data collection […]

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Plan for a Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Project

I am curious about why students have poor attendance. I am interested in examining instructional strategies to increase student engagement, participation and attendance.  I would like to see class time spent in a more meaningful way: improved discussion and opportunities for experiential learning.   I am open to trying a variety of methods within my class and using a variety of evaluation tools to see which strategy, or combination of strategies, works.  Research Question:  What strategies can be implemented to improve […]

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Sidney Helped

This post is in response to the Map Your PLN activity in the Collaborator module of Ontario Extend.    I signed up for Twitter in September, 2016 but didn’t really do anything with my account for at least another year after that. It wasn’t a platform that came naturally to me, and truth told I still feel a bit fumbley and slow when I compare my Tweeting to my other online social activities. I was a late adopter, but I […]

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SoTL – “Three Keys” and Motivation

After watching the video, it was hard to narrow down just three characteristics that resonated with my own experiences.  This is probably because I am relatively “new” to teaching.  Here are the three I chose: Ask questions – identify the needs of the learner; gauge previously learned knowledgeObserve learning – check the results of your teaching; critically evaluate what worked and what didn’tReflect and act – be open to revise/redesign lectures, assessments and even whole courses or programs Motivations for […]

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Montessori-Based Learning for Life

During class this week, we culminated an entire semester of exploring the complex and yet mysterious diagnosis of dementia. From the “felt” perspective of formal and informal caregivers, right through to the “felt” experience of people living with the diagnosis… one thing is for sure: If you’ve met one person with dementia, you’ve met one person with dementia. Back in 2007, I won a lottery draw for the opportunity to participate in a 2-day training on Montessori-based programming for dementia […]

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The Introvert’s PLN

This post is in response to the Extending Your PLN activity within the Collaborator module of Ontario Extend.    I’ve got a confession to make. I can find socializing exhausting; I love being by myself. Sometimes, I think I’m a closet introvert. This is a bit problematic in my role. Actually, more than a bit. you see I’m pretty much constantly surrounded by people, from the moment I walk into work until the moment I leave. Most of my days […]

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The Collaborative Campfire

This post is in response to The Collaborative Dining Table activity included in the Collaborator module of Ontario Extend. I was asked to depict a dining table, but I have a difficult time following instructions.  In this activity, I’ve been asked to choose one of the projects I worked on in the past year, and represent the key players involved in the project as if they were sitting with me at a dining table. It’s April, and snowing, and so my […]

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Revisiting the Open Faculty Patchbook

This post is a response to the Take a Deep Dive activity in the Experimenter module of Ontario Extend.  It’s hard to believe that Terry published the first patch, “Patch Zero: The Base Patch” back in February, 2017. So many awesome collaborations between my Teaching and Learning Innovation Hub and Terry, through the Educational Technology Committee and through eCampus Ontario, have happened since then. Back when I first learned about the Open Faculty Patchbook, we didn’t have a Hub yet. […]

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