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Mathieu Plourde

Online learning, learning development and academic freedom - 1 views

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    "Of all the challenges facing online learning, I believe the need to train learning properly to be the most difficult. Without adequate training in learning methods, I don't see how learning technologies can be used effectively. We cannot afford to go on creating a whole parallel industry of instructional designers to hold the hands of learning who can't teach effectively. Higher education is costing too much to have amateurs doing the learning."
Mathieu Plourde

MOOC Professors' Agency in the Face of Disruption (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu - 0 views

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    "Instead of being an unstoppable force disrupting the faculty profession, MOOCs can be an opportunity to empower faculty to explore, create, and express themselves in new ways through open and digital education. To do this requires establishing the proper institutional context, one that allows for experimentation and grassroots, faculty-led initiatives to flourish. We have argued in this article that a focus on soft infrastructure - the resources, values, and affirmations that support faculty agency in experimenting with digital faculty - has helped us create this context at Stanford. Our research suggests that this approach has given faculty the opportunity and autonomy to manifest their desires to share intellectual work more broadly, experiment and take pedagogical risks, express their unique faculty philosophies in new ways, and thoughtfully engage in the MOOC phenomenon on their own terms. As a result, a great number and variety of open and digital faculty approaches have flourished at our institution."
Mathieu Plourde

Teaching Excellence Video Series - 0 views

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    "In 2014, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning embarked on a research project to investigate elements of effective Learning and Learning practice valued at Vancouver Island University (VIU). Our investigation resulted in conversations with Learning and students in defining the elements of Learning practice valued at VIU. Learning from the existing Community of Scholarly Learning Practice (CoSTP) and students from the VIU community were invited to contribute their ideas about regarding effective Learning and Learning design and practice. These consultations have generated a list of themes which capture practices most valued at VIU. "
Mathieu Plourde

The Power of Social Presence for Learning (EDUCAUSE Review) | EDUCAUSE.edu - 1 views

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    Social presence remains the key to a successful learning experience, and understanding social presence, with its critical connection to learning and community building, allows us to better support learning and students. Understanding a wide selection of tools, media, and reflective activities helps learning assist students in taking responsibility for their own learning. Providing iterative feedback and mindful assessments helps learning meet learning outcomes and guide student learning. Implementing change in small steps is the key to understanding which strategies work and which lead to frustration and discontent.
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 faculty and faculty 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

Google+ Hangouts: The Future of Faculty Development? - 1 views

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    "Drawing on her experience as a consultant for VoiceThread in which she hosts monthly Google+ Hangouts, she created the very first "Teach & Share" Google+ Hangout, an online gathering of educators who, for this installment, shared their experiences using the learning management system Canvas. "I started thinking about how much learning learn from simply talking to one another. These are always the most powerful professional development experiences," Pacansky-Brock said of her decision to host the event. "learning need to connect with each other to keep innovation moving forward. [...] That's the premise of the Teach & Shares.""
Mathieu Plourde

Six Steps for Turning Your Teaching into Scholarship | Teaching Focus - 0 views

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    In 1997 Ernest Boyer identified the concept of the Scholarship of Teaching. This was the first time that Teaching had been identified as legitimate scholarship. Over time this idea has evolved into the movement called "SoTL" or the Scholarship of Teaching and Teaching. Many of us are scholarly teachers; we read the literature, plan, assess, reflect, and revise. But what makes our Teaching scholarship is very different. Lee Shulman (1999) clearly delineated the difference. To be scholarship, Teaching must become public, be an object of critical review and evaluation by members of one's community, and it must be built upon and developed. This can seem time consuming and overwhelming. Below are some ideas to help you get started on the process.
Mathieu Plourde

Learning Outcomes and Backward Design - 0 views

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    "Writing learning outcomes is very difficult for learning who were never trained to think about their learning in such terms.  We are great at describing what content our course will cover; we are pretty good at knowing that we expect our students to master a certain amount of content or skill set by the end of the semester.  We are terrible at framing our expectations for student learning in terms of learning outcomes, with all of our learning activities in the course aligned to those learning outcomes.  We are even worse at measuring learning outcomes.  We conflate grades with learning outcomes on the regular."
Mathieu Plourde

Partnering for Transformative Teaching - 0 views

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    Innovation in the curricula, including experimentation with technologies and learning spaces, is most likely to be effective when driven by learning and student needs and served by integrated support structures. Surveys of IU learning and graduate students have identified spaces for scholarly community as a critical need. Collaboration across university services (technology, undergraduate education, libraries) delivers a more cohesive and comprehensive experience. The IU Bloomington Center for Innovative learning and learning provides a mix of consultation and workshop spaces, instructional technology facilities, and relaxed forums for exchanging ideas.
Mathieu Plourde

Love Letter to Online Learning - MICHELLE PACANSKY-BROCK - 0 views

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    " humans are more important than technology, but inspiring faculty should be our goal. Our organizational cultures need to embrace online faculty as unique. We need to be supporting faculty by immersing them in engaging, meaningful online classes as part of their preparation to becoming great online instructors. When our organizational practices convey a hierarchy between face-to-face and online classes, that hierarchy will translate into the attitudes of the instructors who teach those classes."
Mathieu Plourde

The Intrigue Of Coursera - 0 views

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    The reason is that the top universities do not offer the best teaching and teaching experiences. Instead, their teaching members are incentivized heavily to focus on research at the expense of teaching. If a professor seeking tenure at one of these institutions receives a teaching award, it is often said that that professor has just received the kiss of death for her tenure hopes. If students learn at these institutions, it's often not because the teaching is so good, but because the students are so talented that they can absorb anything thrown at them (and it's worth noting that just because a professor is entertaining, does not mean it's a good teaching experience).
Mathieu Plourde

Don't Call Us Rock Stars - 0 views

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    "The rock-star meme implies that teaching is all about performance. What happens on stage is still what matters, even if techno-hip educators supplant traditional sages. Talk of rock-star teaching members reinforces the static lecture model that MOOCs were, ironically, developed in part to destroy. The audience at a rock concert is listening, not interacting. Decades of research and a modicum of common sense confirm that students engage and learn more through active participation in the classroom. For all the talk of personalized analytics and adaptive teaching, MOOCs built around teaching rock stars will just transfer the lean-back experience of the lecture hall to a screen."
Mathieu Plourde

Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education | Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) - 0 views

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    "This Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education (Framework) grows out of a belief that information literacy as an educational reform movement will realize its potential only through a richer, more complex set of core ideas. During the fifteen years since the publication of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education,1 academic librarians and their partners in higher education associations have developed learning outcomes, tools, and resources that some institutions have deployed to infuse information literacy concepts and skills into their curricula. However, the rapidly changing higher education environment, along with the dynamic and often uncertain information ecosystem in which all of us work and live, require new attention to be focused on foundational ideas about that ecosystem. Students have a greater role and responsibility in creating new knowledge, in understanding the contours and the changing dynamics of the world of information, and in using information, data, and scholarship ethically. learning learning have a greater responsibility in designing curricula and assignments that foster enhanced engagement with the core ideas about information and scholarship within their disciplines. Librarians have a greater responsibility in identifying core ideas within their own knowledge domain that can extend learning for students, in creating a new cohesive curriculum for information literacy, and in collaborating more extensively with learning."
Mathieu Plourde

Privatization - One Faculty One Resistance - 0 views

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    "Privatization of online higher education is on the rise. For-profit online education corporations like Academic Partnerships, Kaplan, Wiley, Pearson, and Blackboard contract with public and private nonprofit institutions to provide digital platforms for educational content, recruit students, manage enrollment, facilitate the development of course materials, and more. While the use of digital platforms and online teaching tools can enrich higher education, elements of contracting with for-profit online education corporations can present problems in areas of interest to teaching, particularly academic freedom and shared governance. Check out our resources, surveys, and social media shareables below and learn how you can get involved in making sure that higher education serves the common good, not private profit."
Mathieu Plourde

Penn Provost | Open Learning - 1 views

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    "Penn is strongly committed to open learning - a vital part of our mission to increase access, around the world, to the educational resources that can change people's lives. Our goals as early adopters of massively open online courses are to create and disseminate knowledge, drive learning innovation, and expand Penn's global presence.  We invite you to learn more below about our Coursera courses and the outstanding Penn learning members who teach them."
Mathieu Plourde

How Faculty Adapt their Practices to Teach Online - An Interview with Donna Murdoch - 0 views

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    "They perceived they had overcome most obstacles, but that others at their institutions had not.   They did not believe that others were teaching courses that were on par with face-to-face classes in terms of quality. This is because of findings 2 and 3. The second finding was that the overwhelming majority did not feel support from their institutions when transitioning to online modalities, rather they indicated that experiential teaching in the form of mentorship, teaching by doing, and dialog with peers were most critical when overcoming the challenges. The third finding was that the majority of participants indicated the time required for preparation and intrusion of time on an ongoing basis during the course of an online class were significantly greater than time requirements of a face-to-face course."
Mathieu Plourde

Building the Alignment Triangle for Quality with Coursetune and QM - 0 views

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    "Presented on May 8, 2019 by Dr. Janette Isaacson and Grant Kirby form Oregon Institute of Technology It all started with the question, "Are we really sure students are learning what we think they are learning?" Hear how learning at Oregon Institute of Technology have used Quality Matters Standards and Coursetune mapping software to strengthen course design and alignment across the courses they teach. Dr. Janette Isaacson and Grant Kirby have implemented a student-centered instructional design model that begins with three key components: QM is the foundation of quality metrics; Coursetune provides scalable modeling for alignment mapping; real-time student feedback provides an empirical measurement for quality success."
Mathieu Plourde

Faculty don't use all the LMS features. Maybe they shouldn't. - 0 views

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    "If we shift that focus, then extensive workshops in Blackboard, Moodle or Desire2Learn are unnecessary. Beginning training is enough. Valuable learning time can then be switched to exploring on the open web, to discovering things we can link to that fit with our pedagogy, instead of figuring how to force our pedagogy to fit the LMS features."
Mathieu Plourde

NUS at ASU GSV: Radical Affordability at all Stages of the Degree and Career Cycle | National University System - 0 views

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    "The National University System, for example, is developing  a variety of initiatives aimed at bringing down the cost of a degree, including through FlexCourse?, a teaching and teaching platform that offers teaching-supported, variably-paced online degree programs at an affordable price point of $8,500 annual tuition. The platform is initially being offered in conjunction with John F. Kennedy University, through JFKU Online --  both part of the National University System."
Mathieu Plourde

One year of blogging - top five lessons learned - 0 views

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    I have learned a few things along the way, which in fact have improved my teaching to some extent, as I have become more understanding of the need to express some things visually. Now i encourage students to incorporate photos and videos to support their written projects - to make the project more interesting for the students, but also to inspire them to think in different ways.
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