Teaching and Learning in a Net-Centric World

Where are the Women?

Where are the Women?

This week I am privileged to be a keynote speaker at the 21st International Congress of the Brazilian Association for Distance Education in Bento Goncalves, Brazil. The scholarly stimulation, hospitality, weather and fine Brazilian wine have been great – but something is wrong. Only 1 of the 12 keynote speakers and none of the 10 […]

First Week at Riverdale Little Free L...

First Week at Riverdale Little Free Library

The Little Free Library has survived its first week- no vandalism, lots of borrowers and depositors, collection growing and 12 new DVDs videos (thanks to Rocky and Eric). The back birdhouse suite is still vacant (I hope I won’t have to remove the No Magpies Need Apply sign) and the building survived its first rain. […]

Little Free Library Opens in Riverdal...

Little Free Library Opens in Riverdale (Edmonton)

This weekend I opened the Little Free Library I have been building for the past few weeks.  It is a great hit and already I’ve had a couple of nice volumes appear (librarian gets 1st pick!). I managed to use scraps and pieces from the old house we demolished 20 years on this site to […]

Guest Post on Learning Analytics

Guest Post on Learning Analytics

My friends at the Open University of Catalonia asked me to do a guest blog on learning analytics for their Open Thought 2015 series. As always, a deadline got a little creativity and some energy going even though I am no expert on analytics. Not deterred, I gathered a few thoughts for the post at http://openthoughts-analytics.blogs.uoc.edu/big-data-learning-analytics-and-distance-education/

My Retirement Week

My Retirement Week

I am just recovering this week from a busy, celebration filled week last that I want to share with my blog friends. The week started by a quick trip to Barcelona, where besides being able to watch FBT Barcelona win the final Champion League match, I was honoured being made a Senior Fellow in the […]

Providing audio feedback to students:...

Providing audio feedback to students: Review of a review

I’ve always been interested in studies that help us differentiate both pedagogies and educational technology use, based upon time requirements. These studies of course should include all the actors – too often student time is taken as a free given. Thus, a recent publication by Gusman Edouard tweaked my interest. Edouard, G. (2015). Effectiveness of […]

Retirement

Retirement

This month I turn 65 and of course had to try out the Howoldbot to confirm it. Much to my amazement, it got my age correct (minus 10 days). Well, the picture was taken a couple of years ago, so I guess I am an early maturer!   Reaching this milestone has triggered my long standing […]

Another attempt at Flexible Provision...

Another attempt at Flexible Provision of courses

Our friends from the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) have just had published a very interesting article that seems to be a first step towards helping education and training institutions re purpose their content for multiple audiences.  This is an important, yet very challenging task that requires that courses be created without a single […]

Differences between students using PL...

I don’t usually comment on articles in “closed” journals, but making an exception in this case. I hope you can find it in a library data base, or one of the authors uploads it to a public site or you can “rent ” it from Wiley for 48 hours for $6! The article: Casquero, O., Ovelar, R., Romo, […]

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