How we are communicating and are we really? Quick thought about the impact of the internet.

Too busy to post on social media, yeah right!

Wow, it's been two months since I last posted. I've had many thoughts, experiences and learnings, but time seems to tick away. Time? It's a challenged for me as I always try to strieve a balance between my vocational duties and personal interests and priorities.…
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Meta-blog-nition

“Cognition” is another word for “thinking”. Metacognition, then, is thinking about your own thinking. Cynthia Brame at Vanderbilt’s Center for Teaching has this terrific quote by John Flavell in her post, Thinking About Metacognition:

I am engaging in metacognition if I notice that I am having more trouble learning A than B.  

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#etmooc and #lrnchat: When Communities of Learning Discuss Community—and Produce Results

There was no need this week to read yet another book or article on how to effectively create and nurture great communities. Participating in live online sessions with colleagues in two wonderful communities of learning (#etmooc, using the #etmchat hashtag and a Google+ community for online exchanges, and #lrnchat) provided experiential learning opportunities among those trainer-teacher-learners: participating in discussions to explore what makes our communities attractive or unattractive, and contributing to the conversations in ways that produced immediate results, e.g., a name for a new learning community that is in the early stages of formation in Australia.…

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Welcome, Science Borealis!

ScienceBorealis_avatarFirst, a big thanks to Science Borealis for highlighting my blog as today’s #cdnsciblog. I’m flattered to be in their company and happy to contribute.

I write mostly about teaching and learning science at the university level. This blog started as a way for me to archive interesting things I’d seen or done while working in the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at UBC.…

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Hashtag Seminars

So we’ve been building a new digital humanities tool “Huma Bird Project” and we used it to analyse the #digped hybrid pedagogy chat on twitter

It shows some interesting possibilities for analysis

  1. Do people naturally get locked in to conversations (perhaps @ mentions favour # tweets)?
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Flying high: social media and international student advisors

planeOur International Student Advisors have purchased iPads to help them keep up to date with their work and deliver presentations to prospective students whilst working abroad. Having never owned an iPad before these colleagues had requested a session to discuss the different presentation apps that are available.…

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The Cuckoo always wins

So we have our xMOOC / cMOOC – tomato / tomato split forming. A schism over beard lengths and the best hat to please god will soon no doubt ensue. Sadly, and it is always sadly these days we can possible consider another way of distinguishing between the two groups.…

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How Dr. Sabita Persaud Uses Social Media to Enable Authentic, Relevant Learning

Faculty eCommons

The open platforms of social media connect students to field experts, increase student-to-student interaction, and for one instructor, faciliate real-life scenarios that weave course topics and conversations into student’s everyday lives, enabling authentic, anytime-anywhere learning. Want ...…

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