Teaching and Learning in a Net-Centric World

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 […]

European MOOCs – Special Issue ...

European MOOCs – Special Issue of IRRODL

We certainly are past the famed “Year of the Mooc” but there availability and I will argue impact on adult education is far from past. This week’s special issue edited by Markus Deimann, Sebastian Vogt adds many new insights – a few of which I’ll comment on in this post. The first article MOOCs and […]

Teaching Practices Inventory – ...

Teaching Practices Inventory – Fast and easy!

Thanks to Rick Reis’s Tomorrow’s Professor newsletter I bumped into an instrument that I think can be a very important addition to or replacement for teaching evaluations and/or student course evaluations. This Teaching Practices Inventory was developed by the Noble Prize winning Physicist Carl Wieman who was hired at the University of British Columbia to […]

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 […]

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