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Designing Online Learning From The Ground Up For K12
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I’ve been facilitating a variety of conversations in the passed few weeks here in PEI working towards a plan for k12 education. It’s been a fascinating glimpse into all the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in the system. This week I moved to a part of the work that I’m really excited … Continue reading "Designing online learning from the ground up for k12" Sat, 15 Apr 2017 18:05:31 +0000

A Change Sprint – Workshopping New Ideas In A Hurry
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During a conversation in my back yard this summer with the excellent Robin DeRosa, she and I decided, once again, that most of us trying to do things differently in education all face the same kinds of issues. We also noted that as our roles become more embedded and visible in our respective institutions, it … Continue reading "A Change Sprint – workshopping new ideas in a hurry" Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:29:33 +0000

Stealing Project Management Language For Change In Education
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I’m starting out a new role here in Prince Edward Island. I’ve always been interested in the way that educational systems work, they way they were formed, how their systems match their goals. It seems that I’m now going to get the opportunity to work inside another system and see if I can be of … Continue reading "Stealing project management language for change in education" Wed, 30 Nov 2016 17:19:04 +0000

Learning Ecosystem Participant Model
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A group of us had a conversation a couple of weeks ago about creating a learning community(ies) for an existing nonprofit open online learning site. How do you go about it? How do you translate what we believe about open learning to language that will respond to a project plan? Who are the multiple audiences? … Continue reading "Learning Ecosystem Participant Model" Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:45:01 +0000

Planning For Educational Change : What Is Education For?
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In the past few years I’ve had the opportunity to work on a number of projects that impact both education as a system and challenge some people’s conceptions of what learning is and might be for. The latter is compelling, and projects like #rhizo14 and #rhizo15 have led to some amazing conversations, some interesting papers, … Continue reading "Planning for educational change : what is education for?" Mon, 24 Oct 2016 22:23:28 +0000

New Student Orientation – Orienting, Not Informing
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* This is a crosspost of Orienting, Not Informing, posted on Michael Rutter’s Higher Ed Gamma on Inside Higher Education. * For the past few years, I’ve been working on making changes within our institution’s New Student Orientation (NSO) process. For some institutions orientation is about level setting, about placement inside a program. For the … Continue reading "New Student Orientation – Orienting, Not Informing" Thu, 08 Sep 2016 01:31:52 +0000

Content Is A Print Concept
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I’ve been saying annoying things like “I don’t believe in content” and “what do you mean course ‘content?’ I don’t even know who’s going to be there” for a number of years now. There’s a part of me, as George Station will attest, that just likes the sound of certain words put together. The bigger … Continue reading "Content is a print concept" Sat, 11 Jun 2016 17:34:26 +0000

Rhizo14 – The Mooc That Community Built
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This discussion paper was originally posted in the “International Journal for Innovation and Quality in Learning” which is now not on the internet. With the “learning resilience” Open course starting up in a few weeks (you can sign up at that link if you like), I thought it might be interesting to repost this and … Continue reading "Rhizo14 – The MOOC that community built" Wed, 13 Apr 2016 17:54:15 +0000

In Search Of A New Resilience For Learning
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Sometimes ideas come from unexpected places. A recent paper entitled “The rhizome: A problematic metaphor for teaching and learning in a MOOC” caught my attention. It critiques Rhizomatic learning and the rhizo MOOC #rhizo14 in particular. It wasn’t easy to read, but one point about vulnerability stuck out for me, and resonated as something that … Continue reading "In search of a new resilience for learning" Fri, 01 Apr 2016 15:04:08 +0000

Resilience And Transitioning Students To University
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This year I want to focus on resilience. In my day job, I’ve been working with or around transitions to university for 8 or 9 years now. At UPEI, we’ve developed and tried out a number of projects in that time, including program specific transitions courses, a couple of MOOCs (The 2013 Facebook edition is … Continue reading "Resilience and transitioning students to university" Wed, 30 Mar 2016 01:41:29 +0000