• the big event…

    After 4 years of slaving away on evenings, weekends, and vacations, I’m happy to be preparing for my PhD defense–The Negotiation of Teaching Presence in International Online Contexts.  Any sage advice?  I’ve been to defenses before but how do you actually prepare for the unexpected??  

  • CNIE 2008

    The CNIE conference in Banff was all round the best conference I’ve been to. Great organization, great food, and every presentation was worth going to. I’m happy that many of the presentations I would have liked to have seen are being posted over at slideshare (tagged CNIE2008). The two that I co-presented are embedded below. Online classroom or community in the making? Instructor conceptualizations and presence in online discussion forums. Abstract here. Learning and teaching at BCIT: The myth of the digital learner. Abstract here.

  • Digital Tools for Feedback and Assessment

    We had great participation at our workshop on Digital Tools for Feedback and Assessment–one of the things I love about giving workshops to the larger UBC community is that it gives me an opportunity to hear about other types of courses and other things going on outside of the courses I work with, which are largely in the Faculty of Dentistry. In talking about the challenges of assessment, it was also interesting for me to hear just how much this juggling of instructor time/effort and providing good feedback and fair assessment is a challenge. This has certainly been my own experience this year while teaching 3 online courses, but I…

  • Lunch and Learn #2 Social bookmarking

    Last Tuesday we had an interesting and useful presentation by Brian Lamb from OLT sharing his expertise on social bookmarking. To summarize a few of his points of how social bookmarking is of importance to academics: *social bookmarking provides users with a more reasonable way of managing their resources and favourites or bookmarks, through the use of tags (or keywords) and RSS feeds *through the use of tags, it is easier for users to find other users with the same interests and focus. *RSS feeds are basically a way of subscribing to multiple resources such as websites, academic journals, and weblogs, and then having them fed into one location, so…

  • Followup Lunch and Learn #1

    Thanks to everybody who attended last week’s Lunch and Learn with Alan Hannam and David Tobias–we had a great turnout with approximately 25 people and also had some great questions that followed the presentation. The session was video-recorded, and we’ll be providing a link to the session in case you weren’t able to attend. Alan and David deserve to be commended on their very innovative use of WebCT, in conjunction with their use of other multimedia tools such as Flash and 3D Studio Max. I love their open approach to what they have created, and having them share their work so enthusiastically is such a benefit to the Faculty community.…

  • Lunch and Learn #1

    This event has already been posted on the intranet, but here it is again. We are quite excited about this event, and look forward to a great turnout (27 registered so far). For those of you who can’t make it, we will be videotaping it and making it available on the intranet and this blog, and I’ll also post a brief summary of the talk here. LUNCH AND LEARN: A MULTI-USER, OPEN LEARNING RESOURCE, AND CASE DELIVERY WITH WEBCT Dr. Alan Hannam and Dr. David Tobias invite you to share their experiences with the development and use of two novel WEBCT educational projects. The first is an open Occlusion and…

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