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Helen DeWaard

Five Flames 4 Learning

What is Teaching Practice?

It’s often when you stop and think, as I’ve done in the past few weeks, that you can stumble over the most basic question. In an effort to think more clearly about the basic elements of my teaching practice, I … Continue reading

Noan Fresnoux

The Leap Academy

Moumita Chakraborty

Blank Slate Chronicles

Of Witchcraft and Wizardry

This year is making up for the three and a half decades that I lived through when nothing really happened.

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Cari Wilson

This & That – Tuesday’s Technology Tips

Peanut Butter and Jamboard!

Okay, so to be honest, this post has nothing to do with peanut butter. I just thought it was a catchy title because it’s back to school time and my favourite back to school sandwich used to be a good old PB & J! Having said that, this post is about Jam…board! Yep, Jamboard. For …

Erica Hargreave

Erica’s Speaking Site

Online Course Activity Break #5: Combining Mindfulness with a Lesson in Video SEO

Here is the fifth 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 focused on on-the-go mindfulness, while demonstrating video SEO. Feel free to use it and modify it for your own needs.

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Ahimsa Media Blog

Animated Storytelling Online Summer Camp!

This summer we aim to hone in on the endless imagination and creativity of youth as we teach them animated storytelling in this online summer camp. Together we will enter the exciting world of interactive digital storytelling by creating animated books and stop motion videos.

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StoryToGo Blog

Learning Through Gaming

Rather than trivializing digital games or fearing them, perhaps it is time explore learning through gaming, to both use games as learning tools and as models to study how gamers are learning, and how such principles can be used within our education system and in our classrooms.

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Tannis Morgan

Explorations in the Ed Tech World

Reduced transactional distance and online community

At the start of COVID, I hastily wrote a post about teaching online using email and a phone. I wrote that post because I was concerned that faculty and institutional support staff would be overloaded with trying to move courses into a learning management system, which isn’t always an easy undertaking. In some institutions where there isn’t much capacity to support faculty it seemed like it would be an overwhelming task for faculty to have to learn how to use a learning management system if they’d never been in one before. My approach in this circumstance has always been to identify the the lowest common denominator tool from an access and digital literacy perspective. In other words, use what you know how to use and focus on the teaching. Since that post, Zoom has exploded, and it pretty much became the de facto COVID response tool for HEI as well as workplaces. I’ve seen some really creative ways that synchronous conferencing is being used for teaching, I’ve watched technology hesitant (or in some cases resistant) leaders make it part of their daily workflow, and for a while it seemed like there was a Zoom happy hour everyday. What hasn’t changed is the equity and access problem associated with synchronous video conferencing tools despite reminders from students whose Starbucks, libraries, and campuses have been closed, not to mention their access to computers at their institution, or within their homes where it may be shared with siblings and parents. At the same time, we also hear how video conferencing has made things easier and how students appreciate connecting this way. In the early days of online, distance education, thinking about access was often a rural vs urban consideration – rural areas in Canada had (and still have) bandwidth and connectivity issues, and we designed with this in mind. We had low bandwidth and high bandwidth video options, and we only included video if it was absolutely necessary. And yes, we had transcripts in case both of those failed. In some cases we made arrangements to mail a DVD. Streaming media was a careful consideration of who the students were, where they were located, and what the alternatives could be. As a result, early online distance education spent a lot of time looking at how to build and facilitate community in online (asynchronous) spaces, because it was shown that a sense of community was associated with student perceptions of more effective learning. The foundation for this was the work of Michael Moore and transactional distance theory, where the goal of distance education is to reduce the transactional distance between students, faculty, and content. In this journey there emerged a large body of research on online community building which saw the Community of Inquiry framework, the application of Lave and Wenger’s community of practice to online environments, and the application of third generation activity theory to understand the larger system of that environment. This was so pervasive that for a while it felt like this was the only kind of research we did in ODE (see Johnson, 2001 for a useful meta-analysis), apart from the ubiquitous comparisons of whether online was as effective as f2f. As the tools got better, our focus turned away from community building and we now have tools that are so good at reducing transactional distance (e.g. Zoom) that we equate that with community. In other words, reduced transactional distance does not always result in a sense of community. For example, a one hour powerpoint and talk session is great for an efficient delivery of content, and is even good for teaching presence, but might not create opportunities for building a sense of online community. And if students have to struggle to access the synchronous session, it’s not going to help the transactional distance reduction part of the equation either. I think what early ODE research showed us is that building online class communities can be done with really simple tools and low bandwidth options. I’ve personally researched graduate courses taught only using an asynchronous discussion forum with a high sense of community especially for non-native English speakers, but there are countless examples out there. And while we all got pretty tired of the discussion forum as 2000’s de facto communication tool part of the reason for the fatigue was that approach to using it had become so formulaic in a context where there were much shinier objects. There doesn’t seem to be anything shinier than Zoom at the moment, but there is an opportunity to keep some of the ODE lessons learned – especially as they pertain to access, equity and inclusion – front and centre. *Daniel Stanford provides us with a nicely updated set of bandwidth considerations in his article Videoconferencing Alternatives: How Low-Bandwidth Teaching Will Save Us All.

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

Found Poems: creating poems from words around us

  Feeling blocked or need a prompt for creativity, use words around you for inspiration!   Found Poetry is a form of poetry created from existing texts or literature. Words or phrases are taken out, refashioned, reordered, and presented as poems with new meanings. Similar to a college, poetry could be made from newspaper articles, […]