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Best Practices for Facilitating Online Learning: VIU Community of Practice Recap

We hosted our first fully online VIU community of practice discussing best practices for facilitating online learning last Friday over lunch. While the initial group was small the session went very well. We had established some structure to and prompts Read more ›

Blackboard Collaborate Modernization: The Ultra Experience

I am quite excited about the upcoming release of Blackboard Collaborate Ultra.  Blackboard Collaborate is a synchronous communication tool that has been available at VIU for some time now.  It is most similar to familiar programs such as Skype, which Read more ›

Mobile Education – Lessons from 35 Education Experts on Improving Learning with Mobile Technology

Mobile Education – Lessons from 35 Education Experts on Improving Learning with Mobile Technology from Studio B Productions, Inc. This is a great presentation (which actually reads like a book) providing a number of excellent ideas for using educational technology Read more ›

Wiggio: Online Group Collaborative Learning Tool Coming to Desire2Learn

In March, Desire2Learn acquired the company, Wiggio (http://wiggio.com/). Wiggio creates a product to help students self-organize campus groups. Desire2Learn is working on integrating Wiggio into their Learning Suite, and are aiming to make Wiggio available to all clients in the Read more ›

Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think about Teaching and Learning – in Online Courses

Review of Talk: EdMedia (Victoria, BC, June 2013) Keynote: Design Alchemy: Transforming the Way We Think about Teaching and Learning Presenter: Dr. Rod Sims (Senior Lecturer, Online Learning), University of South Queensland YouTube Capture of Keynote: One of my staff Read more ›