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  • OER at the University of Calgary February 20, 2018
    The Pilot Project was announced in March 2017 at UCalgary Open Education Week, with the call for proposals being released in July 2017. Workshops were held for academic staff interested in obtaining an OER grant. In late August 2017, the UCalgary OER research assistant was hired and committee met and decided on the ten pilot … Continue reading OER at the University of Calgary
  • The Tyranny of Convenience – The New York Times February 18, 2018
    A good article by Tim Wu in the New York Times, on the effects of convenience. Convenience has the ability to make other options unthinkable. And Yet our taste for convenience begets more convenience, through a combination of the economics of scale and the power of habit. The easier it is to use Amazon, the … Continue reading The Tyranny of Convenience – The New York Times
  • On living without social media February 17, 2018
    Well, mostly. I’ve been mostly without Twitter for a couple of months now. I haven’t had a Facebook account for much longer than that. I stopped Instagramming when Facebook bought them. I’ve deleted the Twitter apps from my devices, and now if I want to check in I have to use the browser. Not having … Continue reading On living without social media
  • decommissioning a campus wiki February 10, 2018
    Wiki.ucalgary.ca is the longest-running learning technology platform at the University of Calgary – I launched it back in December 2004, and it’s been chugging along for over 13 years. It’s a teenager. Generations old, in internet time. It started with a blank copy of Mediawiki, and an edit button. Over 13 years, 1,871 pages were … Continue reading decommissioning a campus wiki
  • we’re hiring – learning technologies specialist January 30, 2018
    I’m looking to add another member to the Learning Technologies Group in the Taylor Institute for Teaching and learning. It’s part of a really amazing team, and will involve consulting with instructors, providing advanced technical and pedagogical support for the integration of learning technologies, and the development of resources and programs to support the work … Continue reading we’re hiring – learning technologies specialist
  • What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party – The New York Times January 28, 2018
    A tragedy is like a fault line. A life is split into a before and an after, and most of the time, the before was better. Few people will let you admit that out loud. Source: What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party – The New York Times That … Continue reading What to Say When You Meet the Angel of Death at a Party – The New York Times
  • Birdcage liners – Joel on Software January 15, 2018
    Algorithms, tuned not to help readers but to help advertisers. Intermittent reinforcement tuned to maximize engagement/addiction. This is some scary shit, but it’s the web in 2018. We can do better. But whereas Twitter sort of stumbled upon addictiveness through the weird 140-character limit, Facebook mixed a new, super-potent active ingredient into their feed called … Continue reading Birdcage liners – Joel on Software
  • Certificates (and badges) in university teaching and learning January 15, 2018
    This is a program we launched in Fall 2017, to coordinate programming offered by the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning for graduate students who are interested in developing expertise in university teaching and learning. It’s run on the badges.ucalgary.ca platform built by my team (go, team!), as well as D2L courses for online content … Continue reading Certificates (and badges) in university teaching and learning
  • How do we Indigenize post-secondary curriculum? | UToday | University of Calgary January 10, 2018
    We’ve been learning more about Indigenizing the university, and how we might approach that as an Institute. This article by Gabrielle Lindstrom is a great overview. Indigenous pedagogy, which refers to a way of teaching using Indigenous educational principles, is grounded in creating, fostering and sustaining good relationships between student and teacher. Teaching moments are … Continue reading How do we Indigenize post-secondary curriculum? | UToday | University of Calgary
  • adjusting my social media diet January 8, 2018
    For once, I’m not deleting anything. But, I’ve been struck by how a) bad algorithmic news feeds are at actually getting what I want and need, and b) how horribly distracting and time-sucking they are. Companies – and we’re well past the rubicon of DIY internet hippie utopia – it’s companies all the way down … Continue reading adjusting my social media diet

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