Beijing Language and Culture University to Launch the World’s First Online International Chinese Teacher Training Program

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DALLAS and BEIJING (April 8, 2014) – Academic Partnerships (AP), one of the world’s largest representatives of online learning, and Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), an international university dedicated to promoting Chinese language and culture worldwide, today announced the launch of the world’s first online International Chinese Teacher Training Program (ICTP).

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2014 Ship Season is Underway!

Despite the fact that I am surrounded by snowbanks and the temperatures are quite cold, the 2014 shipping season is officially underway! I haven’t has the opportunity to have my first ship sighting of the 2014 season, but thanx to Twitter and my PLN, I have seen quite a few ships, from a distance, so far this season.…

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Stacey Wallwin 2014-04-14 13:17:29

I came across this quote and it really resonated with me. Think back to how you go where you are today….

Never underestimate what you can achieve. Hard work, determination, resilience, dedication, passion and “grit” will take you farther than you ever imagined.…

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Who Belongs to Rhizo14?

I have been edging up to this post for the past few weeks, but a Rhizo14 Facebook discussion today (Saturday, 2014 April 12, -5:00 GMT) and a comment to my last post by Frances Bell have pushed me into it. The Facebook discussion was kicked off by Sarah Honeychurch asking, “How do we feel about others who were not part of rhizo14 using our autoeth?… Continue reading

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Building a LibraryBox V2.0

TP-Link Portable RouterLast year, as part of a study leave, I built a LibraryBox using the instructions on Jason Griffey’s LibraryBox website.  I thought that I’d use it at the Ontario Library Association conference (which has very limited free WiFi) to allow attendees to download the slides for a presentation that I was making at the conference.  Unfortunately this did not work as planned as the conference venue seemed to block “rogue” wireless servers.  I could get the LibraryBox to function in the adjoining conference hotel, but not in the main conference space.  Apart from that outing and taking the LibraryBox to a makerspace symposium, my LibraryBox hasn’t been seeing much action.…

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New Resources

A week ago I had the opportunity to travel over 2100km to attend two fantastic education conferences back to back in Ontario. It was exhausting but exhilarating at the same time!

The On the Rise K-12 (#OTRK12) was an opportunity for me to not only meet by #eLC #PLN face to face but it provided the opportunity to  continue to learn more about the virtual learning environment (vLE) and the tools that enhance it and the direction and implementation of blended learning in different boards across Ontario.…

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RhizoRhetoric and Legibility

In a recent comment to this blog, Maha Bali linked me to Venkatesh Rao’s post A Big Little Idea Called Legibility on his ribbonfarm blog, in which Venkat (Rao’s blog name) discusses legibility, an idea developed in James C. Stewart’s book Seeing Like a State: How Certain Schemes to Improve the Human Condition Have Failed.… Continue reading

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The Struggle to Define Our Jargon – Excerpts from MOOC Research

Note: I will use this space over the next month to share excerpts from my dissertation The Evolution & Impact of the Massive Open Online Course. The research was a Delphi study bringing together 20 MOOC experts to discuss the MOOC in educational, political, and sociocultural terms (slides from the oral presentation can be seen here).

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