Summary of Learning

I find it hard to believe the semester has come to an end! This has been a difficult journey for me, and I have certainly identified some of my limits and boundaries. Personally, I have an ounce of regret in taking two grad classes this term. My family has had to make a few unreasonable sacrifices, which I would never ask them to do again.That being said, our time together in the next few months will not be taken for granted!I have come a long way in my goals for this course, and I am pleased to […]

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The finished product???

No, not exactly. As we all know very well, the first version of a lesson, activity, assessment or unit we create is far from finished. These are all works-in-progress, and constant improvement will be inevitable in the future of this online course prototype. And I wouldn’t have it any other way!I am so proud to show you all the progress of my course, which has been built in Moodle with links to other educational web tools and platforms, facilitating multiple learning styles and needs. As a remin […]

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Asynchronous Communication Strategies

     This past week being sick has thrown me a bit off-course, and I am slowly catching up on my tasks. Remember the junk drawer from my second post? This blog post is coming to you from that place!      The importance of communication and social learning can easily be lost in an online course, as I have most certainly noticed in my own prototype. Our discussions in class on March 9th reminded me that even in a self-paced, gap-filler style course, the need for […]

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Online Assessment and Academic Integrity

**Discalimer: I must apologize to my fellow classmates for the tardiness of my post this week. I have been sick and sleeping for the better part of the past three days.**​     Our task this week was to explore a particular aspect of online learning that interests us. After our discussion last Tuesday evening touching briefly on assessment, and with the next round of report cards coming up at my school, I have been obsessing about evaluating student learning, and how to ensur […]

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Course prototype – big reveal and work ahead

     During our synchronous class time this past week, we shared the shells of our online prototype courses, including one full module of content. I was blown away by the quality and variety of courses, platforms, lessons and assessments created by my classmates! I was in a group with Christina, Jocelyn, Leah and Darcy, who have all done such amazing work with their courses. I was grateful for the discussion we had, and comparisons we made about the way different platforms are lai […]

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Exploring Assessment Options

This week has flown by in a flurry of exploration – signing up for a new account, clicking frantically around menus, creating some sort of content, and starting all over again with another tool, while navigating interfaces of varying degrees of user-friendliness. Like some others have mentioned, there were so many tools on the list that I had never heard of, and I felt (again) like I am in over my head.Since one of my goals this term is to become more familiar with tools available for online ass […]

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Course Profile – Mathématiques 8 (Fransaskois)

Photo Credit: World Bank Photo Collection Flickr via Compfight ccRationale     In reflecting upon what would be the most useful type of course to design for my project, I have stayed quite focused on Mathematics. In my experience, there have always been students who struggle with particular concepts, such as multiplication models, proportional reasoning, and algebra, due to learning gaps caused by absences or transferring from another school system.     For years, I […]

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Belly Flop! (I can’t resist the swimming pool metaphor)

After a rough entry, my experience in the SAMR pool has most definitely remained in the (S)h(A)llows!​(Thanks to Curtis N for sharing the metaphor in his blog this week)Photo Credit: Thank You (20,5 millions+) views Flickr via Compfight ccI must admit that I feel far out of my league with the world of online learning and designing online or blended models. While reading the chapter from Bates’ Teaching in a Digital Age, I frantically jotted down my questions, worries and uncertainties, and I […]

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Testing, testing, 1-2-3!

Hi everyone!My first post here is basically my own personal crash-course evaluation on blogging techniques, how to build and edit content on Weebly, and how to properly link to and credit sources. ​via GIPHYIs this working?Over the past couple of days, I have examined my relationship with technology and digital media while subtly surveying my grade 8 students about which class might be interesting to develop using an online/blended model. I would definitely describe myself as a “user” of […]

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