How did I get here?
What experiences have led me to work in higher education?
From my own learning, the most meaningful and rewarding events came from what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1996) describes as “flow”.
When it happens, it’s magical. The first time I remember experiencing flow was when my ninth grade art teacher used to play Enya’s Orinoco Flow.
Four weeks have passed since I started the 9x9x25 and I’ve been hard pressed to keep up with the pace. In my ideal world, I was going to comment on everyone’s posts, link back to all the brilliance in my network and write my own posts connecting all of it together. But I don’t live in an ideal world,
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?
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.
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,
This literature review was borne out of necessity to look critically at my practice and underlying assumptions as I am given more opportunities to facilitate sessions at Brock and abroad.
I’m two months into an Masters of Education independent study project, which I cleverly decided to dovetail with a lot of existing work I was doing for my day job, or side job, as the case may be. I was invited to the Ride The Wave conference in Gimli, Manitoba and I had planned on giving a variation of my visual practice workshop to these k12 teachers.
I’m excited for the Extend East cohort to kick off the experimenter module this week. While it is its own stand alone module, in truth, extenders have been experimenting for weeks already.
For some, just creating a twitter account and getting “followed” is a whole new unnerving experience. For others, trying the timeline tool and tweeting out a link.
Today I presented at the Instructional Design Interest Group at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. It was a great group of about 60 IDs from across Ontario.
I’m giving a similar workshop in Gimli, Manitoba in May so I was happy to experiment with some ideas and get some feedback from folks who know about teaching and learning.