Mentor-Teacher-Hybrid Presence-course design...
Fri, Oct 28 2016 03:30 | #altcred, Badges, CoI, gamification, HybridPresence, INSDSG601, mentoring, pondering, research, teaching
This semester is turning out to be one that is quite busy. It was a good idea to not teach a graduate this semester so I can focus on my dissertation proposal, however (like that irresistible desert at the end of the meal) various collaborative projects have come in to fill the "void" left in my schedule from not teaching (the one that is supposed to be going into dissertation prep), and these
Pondering assigning groupwork...
Mon, Sep 19 2016 04:00 | assignment, Design, groupwork, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, open teaching, teaching
The summer semester is over! Well, it's been over for several weeks now and the fall semester is in full swing, but I am not teaching this semester (focusing more on projects that have been on the back-burner for a while). Taking a break from teaching actually makes me think more about teaching in an odd way (I guess out of sight, but not out of mind).One of the courses that I teach is an intro
Getting beyond rigor
Sun, May 8 2016 02:00 | academia, Badges, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, pondering, rhizomatic, rigor, teaching
The other day I got access to my summer course on Blackboard. With just under 25 days left to go until the start of courses, it's time to look at my old syllabus (from last summer), see what sorts of innovations my colleague (Rebecca) has in her version of the course, and decide how to update my own course. I had some ideas last summer, but since then the course has actually received an
Wed, Mar 16 2016 04:00 | assessment, feedback, grading, humor, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, rubrics
The other day I came across this PhD Comics strip on grading rubrics. As a trained instructional designer (and having worked with instructional designers on and off since I started university as an undergraduate student) the concept of rubrics has really stuck with me. That said, I generally struggle with rubrics.In theory they are brilliant - a way to objectively measure how well someone
Teaching, Grades, and the Impostor Syndrome
Fri, Mar 11 2016 04:30 | assessment, connectivism, emergent, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, learning, PhD, professional, teaching
The other day I was reading a blog posted by Rebecca on marking and getting a sense of that impostor syndrome creeping in. I love reading posts like these because I still consider myself new to the teaching, even though I've been doing it for a couple of years now. Some of the things that she describes are things that I have thought or experienced, and some are not.In terms of an impostor
Seeking the evidence
Wed, Mar 9 2016 03:30 | #blendkit2012, #oldsmooc, achievement, assessment, Badges, cMOOC, evidence, gaming, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, MOOC, pMOOC, xbox
In my quest to catch up on Pocket - before the news becomes stale, I came across this post by cogdog on seeking the evidence behind digital badges.The anatomy of the Open Badge include the possibility of including links to evidence for the skill that you are being badged for. Of course, just because there is an associated metadata field available for people to use, it doesn't mean
EDDE 806 post II - Of research questions and generalizability
Fri, Feb 5 2016 12:40 | assignment, EDDE804, EDDE806, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, OER, PhD, postmodernism, reflection, research
Yesterday evening I attended my second formal EDDE 806 session (formal in the sense that I am doing blog posts for it, as opposed to just attending and being a fly on the wall). In any case, the session was pretty interesting, and Viviane Vladimirsky, a fellow EdD student, on her work on her dissertation.Just prior to Viviane's presentation, as we were going around introducing ourselves
Assessing the process or the product?
Tue, Jan 12 2016 04:00 | assessment, INSDSG601, INSDSG690, instructionalDesign, open teaching, teaching
The other day I came across a post on ProfHacker written by Maha B. where she talked a bit about her own teaching experiences and whether one assesses the process of learning or the product of learning. I was thinking about this question in light of my own experiences as a learner, as a designer, and as an instructor who now has had experiences in introductory courses, capstone courses, and intermediate
So long 2015! What a "teaching" year!
Well, 2015 is done! Grades are in, courses are complete, and things are in process for next year. Next spring I am not teaching, so I am thinking about cool (and instructive) things I can implement for the course that I am scheduled to teach this summer (intro to instructional design).I won't work too hard on next summer's course just yet, too many other things to consider first. That
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
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
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
Teaching and Instructional Design: two sides of the same coin?
This month I decided that it was high time I started preparing for the fall semester. Sure, my third class -EDDE803-(and third semester) of my EdD program is 2 months away, however since I have the books (thank you Athabasca for planning ahead! :-) ), why not start now that I am a little more relaxed? The first book that I just finished is by Diana Laurillard Teaching as a Design
Post-Grades Assessments...and Grades...
Tue, May 19 2015 05:00 | #et4online, #ioe12, assessment, Badges, grading, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, MOOC
I wrote (a few days ago) that I am re-designing an introductory course in instructional design (see syllabus here). In my assessment activities I've decided to go with a pass/not pass model. There will still be something approximating traditional rubrics and categories for different things that learners need to address in each activity, but I am toying with the idea of doing away
Counting, Grading, α, β, γ, δ ,ε, στ, ...
Sat, May 16 2015 10:00 | #rhizo15, assessment, computerScience, Creative Commons, EDDE802, grading, INSDSG601, INSDSG684, instructionalDesign, PhD
A few things happened this week which seemed to point to a nexus on grading, grades, and a throwback to Week 3 of Rhizo15 on what counts. The three thing that came together for me were Whitney's post from Week 3, My own grades from EDDE 802, and me designing (or rather re-designing) the introductory course in instructional design which I will teach/facilitate/rhizolead this summer. All these
Goodbye Dave. Hello Dave.
Mon, May 11 2015 03:00 | #rhizo14, #rhizo15, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, MOOC, open teaching, PLAR, rMOOC, teaching
Dave is really HAL, who is emulating DaveBusy week! Just finished grading my current class, and finished the syllabus for my summer class. Now the next stage in the course development is to create some instructions of the assessments, supporting materials, videos... oh my! I guess this is making me a bit late to this week's Rhizo Party on #rhizo15. I have not read responses of other
Designing in the Open (and in connected ways)
Mon, Nov 24 2014 04:00 | #ccourses, #DALMOOC, engagement, INSDSG601, instructionalDesign, MOOC, rigor
Wow, hard to believe, but we've reached the final module of Connected Courses (and boy is my brain tired!). I found out last week that there may be a slim chance of me being able to teach Introduction to Instructional Design (INSDSG 601, a graduate course) at some point in the new future. This is something that was offered to me a couple of summers ago, but being away on vacation at the time