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Helen DeWaard

Five Flames 4 Learning

Thinking about Feedback

“What leads you onWakes you in the nightWhat calls your nameWhen no one else can hear?What follows youThat even you cannot see… Follow that star. There is no one’s life but your own.Seize every fiberEvery feather and forceThat weaves through allSurrounding you.A … Continue reading

Noan Fresnoux

The Leap Academy

Moumita Chakraborty

Blank Slate Chronicles

The story of art: the cost of exclusivity in the digital age

The Artist’s Struggle Recently, I was chatting with my artist friend. In her opinion, there exist certain cultures across the

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Cari Wilson

This & That – Tuesday’s Technology Tips

Adding Audio to Google Slides!

If I had a dollar for every time in the last 5 years that someone has asked me how to add sound to Google Slides, I’d be….well, not rich but I could pop by Starbucks a few times! Seriously though, the inability to add music or voice-overs or sound clips to Slides has been an …

Erica Hargreave

Erica’s Speaking Site

Online Course Activity Break #4 : Breath and Body Meditation

Here is the fourth activity break that I've added to my online courses in an effort to make them healthier places to study with reminders to be active in the real world. This activity break is foused on breath and body meditation. Feel free to use it and modify it for your own needs.

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Ahimsa Media Blog

The Gift of Learning : Storytelling and Digital Media Courses

There is no greater gift than learning a skill that helps you to pursue your passions. This is why our team teaches courses in Storytelling and Digital Media.

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StoryToGo Blog

River Revery

Media artist and educator, Mary McDonald, shares a case study on River Revery - a London, Ontario community-based, collaborative project created by herself and writer, artist, educator, and poet Penn Kemp.

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Tannis Morgan

Explorations in the Ed Tech World

Imagining LXP-light or the open source alternative

While I was at JIBC we had a demand and a need for unconventional online learning spaces and this pushed us in interesting ways. On more than one occasion we hired Alan Levine – aka @cogdog – to take our ideas and build them. The most well-known application of that are the Mural and Agora sites which combined SPLOTs, the DS106 features, Discourse and a plethora of other things (including his fantastic photography). But there are 2 lesser known JIBC/Alan Levine collaborations that are worth highlighting in our collective struggle to move beyond LMS. Constellations Constellations was the first attempt to move in a significantly new direction in the area of workplace learning. We never advanced beyond the proof of concept for a variety of reasons but we were all pretty excited by how Alan was able to realize so many of our ideas in this proof of concept. The government agency we were working with was relying on SharePoint as a giant, chaotic platform for their training stuff. I say stuff because there was everything in their from job aids to recorded webinars to powerpoints to forms to checklists. This agency also had many work teams undertaking a highly varied range of things. So some training was only visible to specific teams, some was available to all, much of it wasn’t visible to the core target audience, and the whole thing relied on Sharepoint’s search function to work well. We adopted Alan’s approach of finding a metaphor and arrived at constellations. He’s got a whole blog post on how he did it and all the technical bits on his blog. The genius is being able to view collections – or constellations – of training artefacts, with the added bonus of users being able to rate them. There were several community-like features, the key being users being able to add constellations (think work teams; themes; or collections) and stars (training and training artefacts). Corr Leader   I had already left JIBC by the time Alan began working on the BC Corrections Leadership site. When I went back to it the other day, I realized that he had essentially created an open source, light version of a learning experience platform, or LXP. In order to appreciate the design you have to understand the workplace learning context where training doesn’t always come in tidy 3 credit bundles, and “learning in the flow of work” better describes this context. LXPs, as I’ve written about here this year, get away from the LMS or Sharepoint experience, but they come at pretty big price tags and since AI and data are part of their engines, the line between learner performance monitoring and learner surveillance is very thin.  But they have some features such as the ability for learners to create their own pathways, a conception of learning that goes beyond a course, and the idea that training can come from both inside and outside the organization or the corporate training site. There’s a lot to like about this concept and you can see that Corr Leader, and especially Corr Navigator captures several of these features. So while this probably won’t be a solution to Fortune 500’s learning and development departments, it offers a nice solution to government agencies and continuing education departments and perhaps small- medium organizations.

OER in Other Languages

Tajik Persian: Readings in History, Culture and Society

Tajik Persian: Readings in History, Culture and Society seeks to help students develop reading proficiency in Tajik at advanced level through authentic texts written for native speakers and provides them glimpses into the history, culture and society of Tajikistan without losing its focus on cultural aspects of the country—an aspect that constitutes a core component […]

Yvonne Dawydiak

Scarfe Digital Sandbox – UBC Teacher Education Tech Integration Resource

Burning Questions from some Secondary TCs

I’ll respond with notes or links to resources over the next short while to the questions that emerged on our Menti poll Jan 22nd, 2020 District Learning Resources (to answer the ‘do districts have’ questions… what districts have varies widely… many/most coast metro have some kind of streaming services, online encyclopedias and other licenses. […]