Are job titles passé?
I was reading this post on InsideHigherEd the other day by Joshua Kim. The post, A plague of directors, which was a bit comical; the mental image that came to mind was one of plague carrying zombies with name tags that said "director" - yeah, I know, sometimes my imagination runs wild and comical video games like Plants vs. Zombies get mixed in with titles like Josh's.Joshua wonders if
Participation somewhat achieved - lurking only partial (PSA-LOP).
I was thinking of CLMOOC, and more specifically my participation in it this past summer. I still see some posts in the Facebook group for clmooc, which draw my attention to the MOOC that I really didn't participate in, and I have a look at the posting from time to time.CLMOOC (2015) in theory had all the raw ingedients for me to be active in a MOOC. There were people there I knew
Week 2 of 13 sort of done
Sat, Sep 19 2015 04:00 | autoethnography, cMOOC, dissertation, EDDE803, EDDE805, education, INSDSG, learning, MDE620, MOOC, PhD, pMOOC, reflection, research, rMOOC, xMOOC
If I think about it long enough...I would say that rubber has met the road, with week 2 of EDDE803 almost over. People have started being active in the course forums, interesting perspectives and illustrative stories are shared and discussed, and projects are in progress! This semester we are joined by two members of Cohort 6, who I think will be added to our cohort, and thus adding to the diversity
Second life? Whatsdatnow?
Last week I was reading this article about abandoned campuses on Second Life - you know the virtual world that took the educational world by storm back in 2008(ish) and is now more or less synonymous with major flops and misdirects in educational technology.For the past few days I've been looking like a madman through old backups of screenshots I had taken when I was more active in second life; to
Previously on EDDE:AU:MOODLE
Sat, Sep 12 2015 04:00 | #vconnecting, EDDE803, instructionalDesign, internship, linguistics, MDE620, PhD, teaching
I think my interactions with Autumm in virtual connecting made me want to create a little trailer with dramatized highlights from my doctoral studies thus far. Alas, no budget for extras, scripts, sets, and green screens, so I guess I'll leave it to plain text for now ;-)This week marks the beginning of my second year at Athabasca's EdD program (survived year 1!), and I just began
Conflicting perceptions on Education
One of my resolutions, just before this new semester starts, is to not neglect periodicals that come in from time to time and at least thumb through them. Don't let too much work, of any sort, detract from the professional development of looking through work related periodicals (sounds oxymoronic, doesn't it?). Well, at least this way they won't pile up in the office ;-).Anyway, in keepting
Valuing teaching...and teacher effort expectations
Thu, Sep 3 2015 03:30 | #digped, equity, HR, INSDSG, INSDSG601, INSDSG619, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, Management, teaching
Yesterday another faculty member took on the role and responsibilities of department chair. This is quite exciting for a variety of reasons, but one of them that comes to mind is that I get to experience things anew. "Training" a new department chair, even though my colleague and I report to them, provides an opportunity to explain to someone new what the operating rules of the university
MOOC Cheater! I caught you!
Mon, Aug 31 2015 04:30 | 2cents, assessment, cheating, edx, eLearning, MOOC, onlineLearning, opinion, research, xMOOC
This past week the web was abuzz with new research to come out of Harvard and MIT on cheating identification in MOOCs, specifically xMOOCs hosted on the edX platform, but I suspect that any platform that collects appropriate analytics could see this used. The title of the paper is Detecting and Preventing "Multiple-Account" Cheating in Massive Open Online Courses and it's an interesting read.
Virtually Connecting at #digPed 2015 (Day 5)
This is also cross-posted on VirtuallyConnecting.org The final virtually connecting session of the DigPed Lab Institute (don’t call it a conference!) was on Friday August 14, 2015 and despite the fatigue as people crossed the finish line for this lab institute we had an engaging and lively discussion for our vConnecting session!Joining us in the virtual realm in this vConnecting session were
How to teach swarming?
Mon, Aug 24 2015 04:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, #rhizoANT, EDDE801, EDDE802, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, swarm, writing
The other day I came across a post on someone's blog on group work, and I saw this funny (but true, at least to most of my experiences) graphic on group work. One of the soft skills required to graduate in the MEd program I teach in is to be able to demonstrate the ability to work with others on projects and joint efforts. This is quite broad as it doesn't specify whether someone is cooperating