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Curriculum: The #2 C Word

Only number 2 in terms of nominal numbers to track posts, not in terms of actual importance. Whereas curiosity was number 1 in terms of C word sequencing, it also holds that position ordinally. Naturally, number 2 in order of importance would be a tie between chocolate and cat. In recent discussions and workshops, curriculum seems to verge on being a dirty word. Impassioned educators rail against the prescriptive nature of course content and assessment; thoughtful teachers collaborate with learners […]

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Curiosity: The #1 C Word

Yes, I know C is not the 5th letter of the alphabet, but it’s where I find myself. Plus, I have a plan! Curiosity Curiosity is more important than intelligence. No debate; full stop. And I state this, unequivocally, as a person who has been regarded as someone with quite high intelligence, in that strange, arbitrary way it’s traditionally measured. I also proclaim it from my position watching students through the years gradually lose that innate curiosity we all have […]

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Broken, Bedazzled, and Bamboozled

Not sure I will be able to maintain this alpha-order posting schtick, but for week two (gently overlapping with week three ~ o.k. I’m late) it still works. DISCLAIMER: May be depressing, but not waiting until week four. Cover of Teaching as a Subversive Activity For far too long my reflections on teaching and learning have been on that of a broken system. I used to perk up or re-energize my learning and teaching by re-reading Teaching as a Subversive […]

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Stuck in the Middle

I will give you a few moments to tap into your memories from the title. Depending on your age and disposition, it might be the Stealers Wheels, one of the many nasty scenes from Reservoir Dogs, or perhaps even a hokey show from Disney. It is also where I find myself. Stuck in the middle and on the ground. Pancake Bay, Lake Superior Deep appreciation to David Wiley for underscoring misaligned incentives for OER adoption at the post secondary level. Having […]

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Apologies Arrowhead

Try as I might, I don’t think I will be able to visit you this year. I planned my vacation time poorly in 2017. Well, it wasn’t unplanned, so much as unused. Cross your branches and  your paddles for a warm spell the first week in October and I will head your way. Full confession: This was also a way to see if I could figure out how to use a slideshow plug in on this rabbithole of a tool! […]

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Write A Letter to Your Past Self: Daily Extend 48

As I just wrote a letter along similar lines to my neighbour friend starting JK, this should be quick! But my letter might skew to quite the younger self. Pezibear on Pixabay licensed under CC0 Dearest peg: Don’t worry so much; it all works out as it should. Before I provide some crib notes on your three turnings of the [education] wheel, we will settle in with some meta-advice | truths. [SPOILER: You tend to go meta.] Don’t bother trying […]

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Extenders – North, South, East or West!

Almost a month ago, we here at eCampus had the privilege and the pleasure of working with educators from the North to pilot our (well, standing on the shoulder of giants before us e.g., Simon Bates) vision for educators’ attributes. Today, we gathered both in person and online (you get what I mean, some of us were in Toronto and others Zoomed in, we weren’t two places at once) to brainstorm how to build, and perhaps even grow, the momentum […]

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A Roundabout Defense of the LMS and an Indictment of Other Things

Breaking Free From the 140 and the 227 My short embrace | experiment of Twitter ends soon. But I have to have a small release and write, not only in complete sentences (fingers crossed), but just plain MORE. I began as an English Lit major for goodness sake! Before luckily landing (still not sure how I pulled it off!) a secondment with eCampusOntario, I spent 10.5 years trying to move OER and openness forward at one institution [most recently out […]

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Teaching as a Subversive Activity: Faculty D&D

As important as it is for an organization to develop a course design and development process that aligns to its structures and staffing, it is equally (if not more) vital for faculty working through the process to embrace a subversive edge. To that end, I usually gift Teaching as a Subversive Activity to workshop participants. In many cases, it likely ends up as a monitor booster or door jam, but for the few faculty who make the investment, the alt […]

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Think Throughs: Resources for Course Design and Development

Part 1: Breaking Down the Model (find these bits and bytes below) Part 2: Morphing it for Mohawk (or any other post-secondary institution) Part 3: Think Throughs: Supporting documents used in course design and development intensives Welcome to Part 3! Here are a collection of docs and resources that might assist faculty as they actually sit down to map out the design and development of courses. Mohawk College had a massive (and speedy) move to blended delivery. Therefore, the resources […]

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