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  • What is Connectivism?

    I first heard about the theory of connectivism after reading some posts on a blog called  elearnspace.org. Largely curated by George Siemens, the Associate Director of R&D LTC at University of Manitoba, CA. , he also blogs at http://www.connectivism.ca/ He, along with Stephen Downes, who works for the National Research Council of Canada and blogs at http://www.downes.ca/, […]

  • Designing Effective Online Courses

    According to Dawley (2007) effective online courses contain well planned interactions, feedback, relevant content and promote self-directed learning for the students.   In my mind, the key to designing well is planning well. In a fundamental way, the process starts out looking similar to what I would do for a traditional face-to-face course. Starting with […]

  • Read this…tomorrow?

    Wow, I was a little late getting the 501 stuff done this week.  Hmmm…wonder if I have a procrastination problem? Well, I WAS working on another project with an instructor in the College 110 course. He teaches a unit on procrastination and mind-fullness and we came up with this infographic to define six types of […]

  • Annotated Bibliography – Use of Audio and Video in Teaching

    EDTECH Research This week’s challenge was to create an instructional goal or objective that was relevant to my work and then conduct research to find articles that could be used to support my instructional goal and help me make a case for implementation. I decided to approach the instructional question with some ideas for professional […]

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    A PLE Comparison and Reflection

    One big need I have for learning is to be able to see a “big picture” of my thinking or my activity. Usually this is in the form of some kind of map or visual or a combination of both. Before creating a PLE diagram I didn’t think of the tools that I use as part […]

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    Chats, Webinars and Professional Connections

    For the past two weeks I’ve been participating in Twitter chats and webinars with a variety of education professionals. It’s been the first time I’ve intentionally decided to participate and I don’t think it would have happened if I hadn’t taken the Edtech 543 course and been expected to move from the role of listener […]