Teaching and Learning in a Net-Centric World

Success with FlyKly Wheel and Kicksta...

Success with FlyKly Wheel and Kickstarter – at last

Despite what may be an idealistic techno-solution, I was attracted the FlyKly video when I first saw it advertised two years. The video shows a cool European 20+ cruising along on his electric assisted bike and then EASILY able to take it off (theft issues?) and or share the wheel with his girl friend. The […]

What’s So New about the New Ath...

What’s So New about the New Atheists?

Last week I gave the Sunday sermon at Westwood Unitarian Congregation here in Edmonton.  While trying to organize my book shelves, I noticed that I had nine different books on Atheism – many by authors labelled as “New Atheists”.  In most Unitarian Churches members are allowed and encouraged to present a sermon on a topic that […]

My New Hammer Dulcimer – FINISH...

My New Hammer Dulcimer – FINISHED

After nearly exactly 3 months on and off work my new 15/14 hammer dulcimer is finished. I’ve have been playing my Dusty Strings 13/12 dulcimer (the numbers stand for the number of notes (or courses) on each bridge) for the past three years. For those not very familiar with this instrument Ardie Davis has a […]

End of Jobs in Online Education?

End of Jobs in Online Education?

I started out my teaching career as a “shop teacher” – teaching middle school students how to work and built with a number of technologies. Thus, it was a bit disturbing to listen to recent CBC radio broadcast listing jobs that have disappeared and to hear that ‘shop teachers’ along with elevator operators, typists and […]

The Enigma of Interaction

The Enigma of Interaction

I’ve been fascinated by the role of interaction all of my career as both a student, a researcher and a teacher. Michael Moore’s famous article details the role of  the ‘big three’ (student-student, student-content, student-teacher) interactions and influenced Randy Garrison and I to explore the other 3 possibilities (teacher-teacher, teacher-content and content-content interactions).  I’ve written a […]

A Fourth Presence for the Community o...

A Fourth Presence for the Community of Inquiry Model?

The Community of Inquiry has emerged as the most widely referenced (the seminal 1999 article approaches 3,000 citations) and arguably the most widely used model for constructivist based e-learning design and research. I’ve always thought that it’s greatest strength is its simplicity (only 3 major, but interacting components) and the way the model can readily […]

Little Free Librarian Inspects Little...

Little Free Librarian Inspects Little Free Library

I had some fun with the little clay model that I posed for in the market in Tianjin, China.  The artist used multi-coloured modelling clay with amazing skill to create caricatures for his customers. Since then my statue has been guarding the house from the fireplace mantel, but last week, he got bored, and wanted to […]

Self-paced MOOCs and Blended Learning

Self-paced MOOCs and Blended Learning

One of the challenges in designing any educational program is balancing the need for individual freedom (of pace, space, relationship, technology and other freedoms that Jon Dron and I have described in Teaching Crowds) with the benefits of social learning. Maximizing freedom leads down a path of individualized and self-paced programming. It may be possible […]

Retirement is like being on sabbatica...

Retirement is like being on sabbatical – only longer

As my first “academic” term as a retiree draws to a close, I’m reflecting on what it actually was like to be retired. We hear all the stories (about men especially) who get terribly bored, follow their wives around the house, get addicted to golf or some other bad habit – but it hasn’t been […]

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