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Virtual Barn Raising for OERs

Virtual Barn Raising for OERs

The email below resonated with on a number of levels. I spent 15 years in Northern Alberta on a homestead as part of “back to the land ” movement. During that time the group of urban ex-pats in the area held a number of work bees, barn railings or general “help each other out days” […]

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Greewich Connect connects with us on a n...

Greewich Connect connects with us on a number of levels

I was pleasantly surprised to see a recent conference paper (reference below) by folks at the University of Greenwich who are reporting their first year results from a project (Greenwich Connect) that is designed to induce a variety of open and social programs to the university teaching and learning communities.  The surprise was pleasant because we […]

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All MOOCs don't work for all students. A

All MOOCs don't work for all students. Are you surprised?

Both the commercial and the unpaid online blog pundits have been having an armchair quarterback’s field day over MOOC poster boy Sebastin Thrun’s confession that his Udacity MOOC platform doesn’t work.  None of this outcry from the “I told you so” critics is more biting (nor more witty) then the critique by Slate columnist Rebecca Shuman. Shuman aptly […]

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Accreditation – for Learning Accomplishm

Accreditation – for Learning Accomplishment  or for Presence and Persistence?

Offering degrees and certificates is the currency of higher education. Degree and certificates are very highly valued by students, parents, employers and postsecondary institutions. Despite occasional challenges to the authenticity of this form of learning recognition, attaining this final parchment is seen by both institutions and students as the culminating and arguably the only important […]

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MOOC pedagogy and accreditation

MOOC pedagogy and accreditation

Most of the cacophony of comments and posts about MOOCs and their disruptive potential has focused on their free cost to students, high enrolments, superstar teachers and high prestige Universities. Relatively little has been published, much less researched, about MOOC pedagogy. A thoughtful article by C. Osvaldo Rodriguez in EURODL mapped the evolution of the […]

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OpenAccess Week at Athabasca

OpenAccess Week at Athabasca

Next month Athabasca will (for the fourth year) be participating once again in Open Access week. The screen shot below  http://openaccess.athabascau.ca  details the events during the week. Every noon hour (Mountain Daylight Time) we present Athabasca scholars – and this year even our President!  The sessions are webcast using Adobe Connect, recorded and are open to all […]

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