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Mathieu Plourde

Online Course Accessibility to Benefit Everyone - 1 views

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    "The curb-cut principle is the idea that some accommodations intended for specific audiences provide benefits to others as well. For example, sidewalk curb cuts for wheelchair users are also beneficial for bicycles, shopping carts, and strollers. This same principle applies to digital accommodations. It can be very helpful to identify some accessibility fixes that are likely to have a greater impact than others. For example, captions are essential for students who are deaf or hard of hearing but are also beneficial to second-language learners or anyone in a noisy environment."
Mathieu Plourde

The importance of collaboration between faculty and administrators and the roadblocks t... - 0 views

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    " You can throw all kinds of software and data at a problem, but if faculty aren't brought in early to the process in a collaborative way, effective change is unlikely to happen. Unfortunately, demands from outside actors like legislators and federal bureaucrats can often lead to friction between groups on campuses and thwart their ability to collaborate. I found that external mandates and the need to focus on compliance issues related to accreditation have stymied innovation."
Mathieu Plourde

5 Criteria to Retain the Faculty Voice in Quality Online Programs - 0 views

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    "Quite expectedly, faculty comments included concerns about creating electronic correspondence courses, lowering course quality, and otherwise silencing the faculty voice in the teaching and learning process. Indeed, success with this new mode would depend on acknowledging the legitimacy of that fear and creating a process to encourage, respect, and retain the faculty voice. Our method of achieving this is anchored by five essential elements and will be applied to more than 250 courses, including general education, in nearly 20 academic programs."
Mathieu Plourde

Reflecting on Learning Analytics - 1 views

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    "These are both important models for examining unintended biases that may arise in algorithmically based decision making. "
Mathieu Plourde

The myth that "students are comfortable with technology" is prevalent and pro... - 0 views

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    "students have to (first) be comfortable with the technology, (second) they have to understand the educational use of the technology, and (third) they have to adjust to new instructional methods that use technology. Expecting that they will quickly and easily make the transition to blended learning is a recipe for failure."
Mathieu Plourde

You kids today with your "cloud computers" and your "Googly Docs"… - 0 views

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    You kids today with your "cloud computers" and your "Googly Docs"…
Mathieu Plourde

Martec's Law: Technology changes exponentially, organizations change logarithmically - 1 views

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    organizations absorb changes logarithmically - the much slower rising red curve below it. It takes time for people to alter their thinking and their behavior.
Jann Sutton

When Lesson Plans Fail - Tips To Change Lesson Plans | Diigo - 1 views

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    A fantastic teacher demonstrates her thinking process as she realizes a lesson is not working. See how important it is not only to show our success, but also our failures and our own learning. Check it out.
Mathieu Plourde

How to Deal With Barriers - 0 views

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    "Worse, the first-order barriers often become self-fulfilling prophecies. For instance, the time needed to learn about a new technology is greatly extended by an individual's sporadic use of it. Lots of time is spent just logging in or setting up or getting back in the groove with the basics, making people feel like they are starting over-again and again."
Mathieu Plourde

The week university (as we know it) ended - 0 views

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    At one session here at Davos, the presidents of Harvard, Stanford and MIT all readily acknowledged that the experiments in new models of online learning will soon radically disrupt higher learning. One expert suggested many universities are facing the early days of bankruptcy. Another predicted there may only be 10 universities that survive this transition.
Mathieu Plourde

5 Ways Social Media Will Change Your Job in 2013 - 1 views

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    So what does 2013 hold for social media in the workplace? It looks like many of the big (and sometimes overhyped) promises that have surrounded social media - better insight into customer behavior, improved office productivity with internal networks and, of course, significant, measurable ROI - will finally begin to bear fruit. Here's a look at five ways social media will impact the way we work and the bottom line in 2013.
Mathieu Plourde

The decline of fascination and the rise in ennui - 0 views

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    The real opportunity, I think, is in trying to build longer arcs. Now that the cycle of new is eating itself in a race to ever-faster, there's a bigger chance to make long term change by consistently focusing on what works (and what's important), not what's new and merely shiny.
Mathieu Plourde

It's Not Going Away by @courosa - 0 views

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    First of all, what is the "it" that I am referring to? "It" is a transformed reality where access to new tools, abundant content, and vast networks simultaneously provide countless new affordances and associated challenges.
Mathieu Plourde

New Rules - 0 views

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    "The truth is, if you want a decent job that will lead to a decent life today you have to work harder, regularly reinvent yourself, obtain at least some form of postsecondary education, make sure that you're engaged in lifelong learning and play by the rules. That's not a bumper sticker, but we terribly mislead people by saying otherwise."
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