• Weeks 19,20,21 in Review

    I’m a bit behind on my Weeks in review, partly because some of it I can’t really blog about, I was sick, or I was working on stuff I’ve already blogged about. Open Ed 2015:  Our abstract was accepted, to my surprise quite honestly, since as a reviewer for some of the submissions I happened to notice there were a lot of really good submissions. Really good.  So I’m pleased, and we’ll do our best to make sure our research and presentation is awesome. Guadalajara project:  In addition to @cogdog, @brlamb, @bkiddjibc, @ken_bauer (as coach), we added @nancywhite to our teaching and development team.  I’m elated at how this is shaping…

  • Week 2 in review

    It’s really Week 1 on the academic calendar, and a challenging one to get the gears going again. Presentation/faculty development:  the week kicked off with a presentation on new e-learning models to a group of Conflict Resolution program faculty. Conflict Resolution is one of our very well respected, high demand programs, lead by an impressively engaged and qualified group of faculty.  In prep for this, I had to update a 4 month old presentation on MOOCS, multi-access learning, micro-learning and subscription-based learning.  I find the micro-learning/subscription based learning space pretty interesting, and dare I say “disruptive” to continuing education. Certificate in Experiential and Digital Learning:   things at JIBC have a…

  • MOOCs at the expense of innovation: Micro-learning and community, subscription based, and micro-content elearning models

    I’m a bit late to this party, but there have been some good 2013 summaries of the ed tech world, and Tony Bates’ summary was the one that has resonated the most with me so far.  I think he’s dead-on in his assessment of 2013 when he states: “MOOCs have become a major distraction from developing more innovative and more relevant applications of online learning for credit”. Of course, while we rode the MOOC mania from our respective positions, we may have failed to pay attention to other learning models and platforms that may inspire us to think differently about we can innovate in our institutions.  I’ve been observing the development…

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