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All About Virtual Labs – Summary Blog Post

Virtual labs were a hard sell for me. I’ve always been a hands-on person – from my technical position to my fiber art hobbies – I like manipulating the world around me and seeing what it does. High school labs … Continue reading

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Disruptive Innovation in Blended Learning: Summary Post

The “Disruptive Innovation in Blended Learning” seminar came at a very interesting time in my department. My colleague and I are writing a proposal for a conference presentation later in the summer, which will focus on how the Centre has … Continue reading

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Assessing Web 2.0 Tools

For the first major project of OLTD 507, I created an excel based tool for assessing web 2.0 tools. If you want to take a look at my template and a selection of tools I assessed, just click this link: … Continue reading

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OLTD 507 – Unit 1 Blog Post

The software as a service (SaaS) and cloud models of educational tool deployment provide opportunities to harness a wide variety of applications in a cost-effective and more readily accessible way (Cruz, 2011). The availability of cloud-based tools has also changed … Continue reading

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Reflection 1.4 – OLTD 506

I have had the opportunity to take coursework specifically examining the sociology of education and the assumptions educators may have. That course looked critically at the politics of teaching and has stayed with me over the years. My research for … Continue reading

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Reflection 1.3 – OLTD 506

Whomever coined the phrase “ignorance is bliss” has not yet read Hengstler (2014) where the author lays out a continuum of FIPPA compliance BC educators can fall under. Ignorance can be very damaging, especially when the privacy of students is … Continue reading

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Reflection 1.2 – OLTD 506

During my teacher training I was exposed to many social media “horror stories” including one where vacation photos of a teacher holding alcohol and another of her sipping where the cause of a forced resignation (Daily Mail Reporter, 2011). In … Continue reading

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Reflection 1.1 – OLTD 506

For the prior learning survey, I defined social media from the context of my previous OLTD course on open educational resources. I spoke about social media as media created or shared in social contexts, but left out the big piece … Continue reading

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Summary of Learning for OLTD 505 – Week 6 Blog Post

For my summary of learning, I have remixed a series of video clips from our course readings. Throughout my video clips, I integrated selected quotations from my cohort members, which I feel anchor my main points. I also chose to … Continue reading

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Fans, Free Materials, Copyright and Profit

Something very interesting (and relevant to OLTD 505) happened a few hours ago on Twitter that hit very close to my heart. Some of you may be familiar with the stellar podcast Welcome to Nightvale (WTNV) (http://commonplacebooks.com/) created and co-written … Continue reading

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