Category Archives: Blog

Remembering My Educational Philosophy

I feel like I’ve learned so much during the past year and a half. I remember that at one point I had to state my philosophy of education, but I actually had to go back to that document to remember … Continue reading

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Eeny Meeny Miny Moe – How do YOU choose your cloud tools?

So many choices! How does one decide? You just get used to one tool and then a new, shiny tool flits into view. You begin to chase it down and soon you are mesmerized by all the bells and whistles … Continue reading

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Cloud tools in online courses

With such a wide variety of cloud tools available, it is possible to find a tool to fit just about every teaching and learning situation. To instruct, engage and inspire my students I lean heavily on YouTube for videos. For … Continue reading

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Assessing the Risk

Social media connects individuals to massive quantities of information, and through social networks we are exposed to more personal things than ever in history (boyd, 2012). There are risks associated with participating in a digital environment, including becoming a target … Continue reading

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Social Justice Boundaries

“They can just use a computer on campus.” This is a common response when I bring up the challenges of using technology in my courses. I teach a blended biology class, where students have an online lesson one day each … Continue reading

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Privacy Boundaries

In British Columbia, the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) protects our privacy rights. At Vancouver Island University (VIU), faculty are encouraged to participate in training sessions to help them understand how to apply FIPPA rules when … Continue reading

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Professionalism and Digital Footprints

The world’s population is becoming increasingly connected digitally, with more and more users sharing content with others in their social networks (Wikipedia, 2014). But what happens when content that seemed funny or appropriate at the time reappears later in life … Continue reading

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What is social media?

I have limited experience and understanding of social media, mainly interacting with small communities on Facebook, but avoiding more global connections through platforms such as Twitter. I have not seen the value of social media as an educational tool. However, … Continue reading

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Social Sharing, Discussion and Commenting – Reflecting On My Participation In OLTD 505

What Did I Do? As part of OLTD 505, I contributed weekly to my blog, writing on topics suggested by Alec.  Expressive writing does not come easily to me, being more of the math/science analytical type, but I have found … Continue reading

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The Wonderful Sharing Of Our Cohort

This week, as I begin to form my final summary for OLTD 505, I looked back at the resources our cohort has shared over the past five weeks.  In particular, I was interested in the visual shares, videos that I … Continue reading

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