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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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The ASSURE Model: A Post and a Half

Hey Extenders! I said I would share some basic course design and development information with Kimberley. It might be valuable to others as well.  Please consider these three parts the share. It is foundational information for faculty new to course design and development. They could peruse this information  before meeting to actually start the D&D process. For the more independent folks, there are built in links to other, more in-depth resources e.g., LMS Open Offering that could be worked through […]

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The ASSURE Model: Another Half

Quality Course Components Created and Curated Collaboratively Part 1: Breaking Down the Model (Go back and read here.) Part 2: Morphing it for Mohawk (or any other post-secondary institution). Keep reading here. Part 3: Supporting documents to assist with work post-intro reading a.k.a. Parts 1 and 2. Stay tuned – ETA is August 21st! Different educational environments provide different opportunities for educators to analyze their students. For instance, K-8 teachers have far more contact time with students and have more […]

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A Bit of Curation: It’s For the Birds

While I slowly make my way through European pics (I think I am one of the few who still shoot with camera – yup, it doesn’t do anything else – it’s just a  camera. This ‘forces’ me to transfer photos and have another look rather than just housing them on my phone | iPad), I am thinking about how to curate them for better sense-making. Before meeting friends in Amsterdam, I had a few days to explore Bruges and surrounding […]

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