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The Rise Of Educational Technology As A Sociocultural And Ideological Phenomenon | Educause
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The push for educational technology exists within a broader political, economic, ideological, and technological context. The all-too-common ignorance of this context and the subtleties of learning itself may prove problematic for edtech — and higher education’s future. Source: The Rise of Educational Technology as a Sociocultural and Ideological Phenomenon | George Veletsianos and Rolin Moe …

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 21:52:38 +0000

Immersive Theatre Informing Vr Experiences
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But for as popular as immersive theater has become, it hasn’t solved its scale problem. Productions like Then She Fell offer incredible intimacy between the actor and viewer, but to do so, they only fill 15 seats a night. That means a year of shows can accommodate less people than a single movie theater for …

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 14:51:17 +0000

Lessons Learned: Av Systems Design In The Taylor Institute
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We’ve been in the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning‘s new building for almost a year now, and it’s time to step back and reflect on what we’ve learned through that first year. The building itself is a marvel of architecture, design and technology. We’re extremely fortunate to be able to go to work there … Continue reading "Lessons learned: AV systems design in the Taylor Institute" Sat, 11 Mar 2017 18:09:05 +0000

2017 Week 9 In Review
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Work We moved our team meeting into the TFDL VR Suite to explore some applications on the HTC Vive. We wound up only having time for Tilt Brush and Slingshot in Valve’s VR demo The Lab. We’ll definitely be going back to spend some time with a few other applications… Saw a demo of a … Continue reading "2017 week 9 in review" Sun, 05 Mar 2017 16:54:07 +0000

On Persisting In The Age Of Trump
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I’ve been struggling with this, as I’m sure most people are. It hit me last night (again), when I was essentially numb as I tried to tune out the insanity from Trump’s speech to Congress. I try to assume everyone is trying to do the right thing, in their own way, from their own perspective. … Continue reading "on persisting in the age of trump" Wed, 01 Mar 2017 15:33:12 +0000

2017 Week 8 In Review
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Work We figured out a good solution to provide students with a “terms and conditions” reminder at the beginning of the semester. I wish this kind of thing wasn’t necessary, but the only policy documents available are long, dense and unread. We need to provide a clear, useful, brief overview of what students and instructors … Continue reading "2017 week 8 in review" Sun, 26 Feb 2017 17:05:42 +0000

2017 Week 7 In Review
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Work I was in Houston for the EDUCAUSE ELI annual meeting1. It was my first time ever attending ELI (or any EDUCAUSE event in person). It’s a really good community, with a nice mix of teaching-types and tech-types. I presented a poster about our model for communities of practice at the Taylor Institute – I … Continue reading "2017 week 7 in review" Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:54:23 +0000

2017 Week 6 In Review
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Work The team met with Nancy to talk about what we do, and how that supports the scholarship of teaching and learning mandate of the TI. It turned into a really deep discussion, with lots of good questions. And, we had a mini retreat with the Learning and Instructional Design group and Learning Technologies Group, … Continue reading "2017 week 6 in review" Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:14:11 +0000

2017 Week 5 In Review
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Work Met with a bunch of folks in IT to start planning how we will turn UCalgaryBlogs into an Official Service™, with all that entails. It’s going to take some time, but it’s a good move. Everyone is on board, so now we just need to figure out what that looks like. Back in HQ, … Continue reading "2017 week 5 in review" Sun, 05 Feb 2017 16:34:26 +0000

Repatriating My Websites
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I’ve been thinking about doing this since the last US election. And now, with the words and actions of the Trump administration, I’m just not comfortable leaving my web presence on US servers. The decision to move my stuff back onto Canadian servers was easy – just a simple exercise in logic. The hard part … Continue reading "Repatriating my websites" Mon, 30 Jan 2017 20:29:41 +0000