• OpenEd Week @KPU

    I had the privilege of being one of the keynotes at KPU’s Open Education Week, a fantastic day that was co-organized by KPU, UBC, Douglas, SFU, and BCIT. There is nothing better than following a student keynote, and Aran Armutlu kept our attention on the things that matter in open…students and affordability of higher education, while also touching on the impact of open pedagogy. He talked about his first experience as a student discovering his course used a zero cost textbook and since the instructor, Jennifer Kirkey was also in attendance it was a really nice shout out to instructors doing good work and the impact it has on students.…

  • #OER18

    I’ve had a few days to percolate over the amazing experience of #oer18.  I attended this conference for the first time last year and #oer17 was so transformative that I opted for another round of a small conference in an interesting venue with lots of provocative and critical conversations about open.  This year didn’t disappoint, and I was so energized by getting to spend time with some amazing and smart women doing great things in this space. Locating our discussions in a more historical context:  There was a strong current of history at this conference, which was convenient for Viv and I who were presenting on the historical branches of…

  • #OER18 and some historical branches of open

    I’m headed to #OER18 in a few days where I’ll be presenting alongside Viv Rolfe (with contributions from Tanya Dorey-Alias who sadly can’t be there) on the historical branches of open.  We connected about this last year, having a shared fondness for things that we forgot about open and it’s various branches or tentacles, and our short presentation will delve into a few of them namely open classrooms, open pedagogy, and self-directed learning. As I stated in this post from a couple of years ago, Viv really kick started this at Open Ed a few years back, and it inspired me to look into the history of open pedagogy.  The…

  • A few moments from ICDE 2017 #worldconf17

    I skipped Open Ed  this year to attend the ICDE World Conference  in Toronto.  The last time I attended ICDE was eight years ago  in Maastricht.  I brought my daughter, who was 5. She got sick in the bathroom 15 minutes before my presentation, then sat on the floor and did crafts while I presented.  (Somebody took  a photo of her which still lives in the conference archives. Check out that mom-purse full of kid stuff).  Of the things that I remember, the conference was held in a very nice venue but there was no food at all for the four days. I  remember being impressed by how  it was…

  • The gem of a conference that was ICICTE 2016

    Image by Gorg Malia, cartoonist, instructional technologist, and one of the incredibly interesting ICICTE organizers and attendees. A couple of weeks ago I had the great privilege of being the keynote speaker at #ICICTE 2016 in Rhodes, Greece.  I’ve got a couple of posts planned about the keynote and what I learned from the great presenters there, but first want to share some thoughts on what I thought made this conference a really fantastic 4 days. I’ll admit to having had a fair bit of conference fatigue for the past few years.  In the past 15 years I’ve been fortunate enough to attend a lot of ed tech-related conferences and the…

  • Ed Tech, you need to try harder: innovators, keynotes, connected learning and connectivism

    I’ve become accustomed to ignoring distilled lists of anything these days on Twitter, but the Chronicle article on 12 innovators has inspired me to reflect on my largely discontented reaction.  I don’t dispute that these people are deserving of their nomination, but the 12 best list is symptomatic of what I feel are some disturbing realities in our beloved ed tech field. In explaining the selection of these 12, Jeff Young, presumably from Chronicle explains in the comments: We relied on reporting — talking to our sources — as well as people at conferences whose ideas appeared to be gaining traction. We also looked at social-media and blogs. Essentially we wanted…

  • TIES 2012 – how to put on a great conference worth jumping on a plane for

    TIES 2012 promised to be a different conference when I found out that it only happens once every 10 years or so, which is nothing but unusual in an industry where conferences seem to be happening on a weekly basis. TIES is the third European Conference on Information Technology in Education and Society, and this year’s (decade’s?) theme was A Critical Insight.  I’ve spend a fair amount of time going to e-learning conferences in the last 10 years, and anything that promised critical insight really struck a mood with me.  I find that being critical in the ed tech field is sometimes associated with being anti-tech, instead of adopting a view…

  • EDEN research workshop

    I’ve been meaning to gather my thoughts on the European Distance Education Network (EDEN) Research Workshop that I recently attended in Paris.  It was my first time attending a European conference, and there was a lot to like. Paris is one of those places that you have to visit at least once in your life, so the location got top marks.  Actually being inside the UNESCO building was admittedly surreal.  The airport-like security to enter the building was one thing, but once inside, the combination of the highly preserved mid-century artifacts and architecture (photos coming) along with energy that only a world organization headquarters can provide made the epic adventure…

  • 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.

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