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VIU Graduate Attributes – Ways of knowing, doing and being

The 2018-2019 Council on Learning and Teaching Excellence continues to explore the implementation and assessment of VIU’s Graduate Attributes. My group is focused on ways students can represent their learning. One challenge we’ve identified is that students are unfamiliar with … Continue reading

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New Semester, New Experiential Learning Activity

Unfortunately, my class schedule for Foundations doesn’t work well with the Human Anatomy schedule. This means I needed a new plan – a new experiential activity. I’ve decided to have my students explore VIU’s Learning Matters website, to see if … Continue reading

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The Mash-up Experience

As an experiential learning exercise, my Foundations students worked with Human Anatomy students to create learning resource for anatomy that would ultimately be shared with the ‘wide world’ outside their classroom. My students were the experts on learning, and the … Continue reading

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Foundations for Success…Successfully completed ’round 1′

I made it through the first run of my new course (FNFS 105: Elements of Anatomy and Physiology: Strategies for Success in Health Sciences)! During the spring semester, I maintained a journal of my thoughts on how each class went … Continue reading

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EdMedia 2016: World Conference on Educational Media and Technology

I had the great fortune to attend the EdMedia 2016 conference in Vancouver June 28-30 at the Sheraton Wall Centre. I had never attended an international conference, and was very excited to hear how other educators used technology in their … Continue reading

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Digital Learning Conference 2015

Engage. Grow. Fostering Community Online. Last week (April 19-21) I attended the Digital Learning Conference 2015 in Burnaby with my colleague and OLTD cohort member, Lisa Lewis. It was a great opportunity to connect with people such as Mary O’Neill … Continue reading

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Minecraft or MinecraftEdu – Choosing the right tool

Imagine a game that allows players to create what they want, where they want, and (usually) with whom they want. This is Minecraft, and far from the glossy, intense graphics of many video games today, Minecraft uses a basic block … Continue reading

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Principles of Game Based Learning

I am not a gamer. I am baffled at how my kids can spend hours playing games like Minecraft and Circles. Part of me feels like they are wasting their time. I’ve been known to list a variety of ailments … Continue reading

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Teaching Science the Virtual Way

As our education system experiences greater pressure to get more done with less (equipment, teachers…), science teachers may begin considering the use of online labs to partially or completely fulfill the laboratory requirement. Online science labs are not created equal. … Continue reading

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Disruptive Innovation – Where does it fit?

This week has been such a whirlwind. Even though I was (happily) assigned to one seminar I felt like someone at the dessert table looking over wanting to taste that one over there too! The end result was me dipping … Continue reading

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