Scholarly Sweet Spots…or not?

Scholarly sweet spots. Nice alliteration, yeah? I have been thinking I found a couple of scholarly sweet spots lately… Identity sweetspot For example… I have been struggling with my role as faculty developer as I evolved as a teacher and researcher, so when I found myself increasingly liking Lee Skallerup Bessette’s work, I asked her…

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Embracing learning subjectives is…

I started #rhizo15 with learning subjectives to embrace emergent learning, and with a plan not to over-participate as I am wont to do (I failed in the latter, butimagine  how it would have been if I had actually had TIME to participate more fully). Here are some of the emergent things that happened that influenced…

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Google Docs Collaborations: an amateur attempt to apply ANT analysis

I’m trying to understand Actor-Network Theory (ANT), and I have heard (and was not surprised) that reading the original texts meant taking a long time to recognize what it was about. My strategy with such things has always been to read a secondary source that writes in more plain language, and then to attempt to…

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On Different Perspectives: White vs Blue

The whole white/gold vs blue/black dress controversy (which i first heard about during the last #moocmooc hangout has got me thinking about my personal response to the article Jenny and Frances recently published about rhizo14. I don’t want to take a metaphor too far, but this dress thing seems so appropriate to the topic that…

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Content-free Learning, Scale, and #fedwikihappening

I’ve written a lot about my preference for curriculum that is not centered on content, but it rather centered on value-laden process goals that learners and teachers set together, responsively, that emerge into a curriculum as they live it. It’s also a bit like Dave Cormier’s “community as curriculum” as part of how he envisions…

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2014: Thanks for the Year of Hyperconnecting

2014! What a year! It’s like the gift I am getting for my patience for the very stressful 2011. That’s not to say 2014 was not stressful; it was, but at least I was back at work, done with my PhD and, through connecting, had a heck of a wonderful support network and the most…

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Small is Beautiful – Making it Work

I’ve been invited to this really interesting “thing”, and heard someone refer to it as a mini-MOOC on twitter, and I responded laughing that you can’t really put “mini” next to the M for Massive in MOOC – especially when something is really quite small (like I think it was intended for 20 people and…

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Good “virgin” cMOOCs & good “makes”

This post is a complex (but rather obvious, really) epiphany inspired by blogposts Alan Levine and Paul Signorelli (though probably both of them slightly inspired by the hangout I missed in which Alec Couros reflects on #etmooc – gotta watch that eventually; but me and video… sigh… but that one sounds like it’s worth watching).…

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Explaining cMOOCs & #rhizo14 authoethnography & #connectedcourses

Three loosely “connected” things are happening to me, all three related to “connectedness”, connectivism, and cMOOCs, so I thought I would blog about this to help me think through it all 1. Connected Courses In chronological reverse order, last night I finally got around to reading about (and of course signing up for – how…

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Mess in education. Mess in research. Mess in ethics

Mess is life Mess is my life. I have a toddler, after all, and there are few things that toddlers enjoy more than mess. I wear about ten different hats in my life and while some of them synergize, the overall effect is quite messy. People tell me I am pretty organized in my mind…

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