Motivation Monday

Interestingly enough this week everything is in alignment.

The course I’m teaching: Adult Education – Online and Blended Learning in Post-Secondary we are discussing authentic assessment. The entire program lives inside the LMS and most activity takes place inside the discussion forums. So of course, I asked: are discussion forums authentic? are you motivated to post?

Two of our readings this session are Christina Hendrik‘s (2015) Renewable Assignments: Student work adding value to the world and David Gooblar’s (2018) The Chronicle of Higher Education article: Will My Students Actually Want to Do This Assignment?

Gooblar’s article is a really good connection between what Christina is saying about authentic assessment and the excellent book (once described to me by an educational developer as the ED DEV BIBLE), Ambrose et al’s (2010) How Learning Works. HLW is also the framework for the eCampusOntario‘s Teacher for Learning module.

how learning works

In the spring, I was grateful to be able to attend BC Campus Festival of Learning. In addition to brilliant keynote speakers, Jesse Stommel and Monique Gray Smith I attended Leva Lee’s session on bookclubs.

My centre offers bookclubs and I enjoy having a good book to dig into that I can discuss with my colleagues. Some of the books we’ve read are Walden on Wheels, Significant Learning Experiences, Threshold Concepts, The Reason You Walk, Colonized Classrooms, and more that I can’t quite remember (or probably didn’t get to read). While it’s been great for us in the centre, we haven’t had more than a handful of faculty attend. I am certainly interested at looking at different book club models.

This is why I was eager to help facilitate Leva’s online bookclub. We’ve met already for chapter 1: prior knowledge (facilitated by Leva) and chapter 2: organization of knowledge (facilitated by Lucas Wright) Each session starts with a blog post and people post comments through the week, leading up to Friday where we have a synchronous session to discuss. Last week was a reading break for us to catch up (if we fell behind) and this week it’s MY WEEK!

Chapter 3 is about motivation. Of course, my prior knowledge and the way I organize knowledge means I had to do a drawing before I could process the words for a blog post.

How Learning Works: Chapter 3 Motivation

Interestingly, my Adult Ed students were confused by the way I set up the forum prompts, and it was a great meta moment to discuss motivation, grades, and authenticity in the discussion forums. (BTW, yes, I’m mostly using open resources for this course and my material will be available as an open resource but I’m not making the students work in the open yet. Just changing the grading format for the forums was enough of a seismic shift for them. I have one person blogging and I’ve encouraged her to sign up for 9x9x25. Here’s hoping she does! On the next iteration after the wrinkles are ironed out, I will try to move the course entirely more into the open)

Well, that’s more than 25 sentences but that was a minimum, right? Anyway, lots of cool stuff happening this week. Hope you are also motivated to do some awesome things (like join 9x9x9x25 and join this week’s online bookclub discussion!)

Categories and Topics

Lately every meeting I go to it seems we are trying to categorize, classify, and organize words into buckets. This should be natural for me, since I’m a biology major but I’m finding more and more my category edges blurring. Word buckets leaking. I had this insight last year in my first MEd course when the Structure of Organizations reading was trying to put different schools of thought into a grid framework and I realized that the grid needed more dimensions. The graphic at the left indicates my big AHA moment, indicating 2 dimensional frameworks are insufficient and they need to consider depth, space, and time. All this to say, I’m playing with categories to ensure I have my WordPress feed set up correctly for my 9x9x25 challenge. This is post number two, categorized as 9x9x25. Will it appear in my feed? I’m just experimenting! That’s also a category!
To celebrate here’s a picture of a baby experimenter:
For the record, I believe that the RSS feed is working!


Well, this is exciting. I’ve signed up for eCampusOntario’s 9x9x25. Entirely because the awesome Terry Greene is leading the project. Well, also because I remember when the ALSO awesome Todd Conaway started this and had so much fun with his faculty over the years.

I’m not entirely sure I have the time to meet this challenge but it’s only 9 posts, 9 weeks, and 25 sentences! I need something to kickstart my blogging again.

I’ve been caught between and trying to figure out what goes where. I haven’t really updated in so long, it makes me sad. I started edudoodle to be a professional portfolio when I was working on the Ontario Extend project last year so I could go through the process new with the other extenders. It’s nice overall but it feels a bit sterile because I’ve mostly only been writing my masters of education reflections in this subdomain The length requirements for those papers feel unreadable in blog format, even for me, and I wrote them!

I contemplated creating ANOTHER subdomain for the 9x9x25 but that seems like overkill. In addition to ideas.edudoodle I already have workshops.edudoodle for workshop resources and gallery.edudoodle which is a SPLOT that collect artefacts from workshops.

The best option is to use categories. Wow, I haven’t added an RSS feed from categories TOPICS since DS106 (*sniff, Añoranza).

Okay, I figured it out (I THINK). I’m using categories here where previously I was using topics?

I *think* my feed is