Weekly reflections

Week 6: February 2-8, 2015

creative commons licensed ( BY-NC ) flickr photo shared by darrellrhodesmiller

While searching through Flickr for an interesting image to accompany this post, I came across the above shot of the abandoned Six Flags amusement park in New Orleans. The photographer included the back story in the image description – a testament to the ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The photo composition is beautiful, in an eerily haunting sort of way.

I’ve been reading through other weekly update style posts that those in my PLN regularly write, and am slowly coming round to the practice. Thanks to the new organizational system:

and in an effort to go along with being more open as a general practice (hmm…post about this later), I will give it a try for a month. I’m also hoping it will prompt me to blog more regularly.

Spring course work:

Read chapter 10 of our course textbook. Submitted first draft of learning philosophy. I will (hopefully?) include a link to it in next week’s updates.


Assessing, measuring connected learning outcomes

Really enjoyed the video chat between Howard Rheingold and Jaimie Hoffman. What she described is exactly aon the lines of what I had hoped to research with Connected Courses – more specifically, what are the cumulative “after effects” that participants took away three months after the course officially ended? Six months? And how do those after effects translate into pedagogical changes? Jaimie inadvertently answered those questions as she described her courses. (Plus, wouldn’t it be great to be a student in her classes?!)

Mentorship as you know it is dead

High points: peer-to-peer mentorship leading the way to the new norm. (As well as sink or swim for new employees) Traditional “grooming” of employees no longer exists. Every (wo)man for oneself.

Access Monitor: WordPress plugin to monitor accessibility

Plan to install this plugin shortly. While the review cautions that using this plugin does not automatically make your site accessible, it can provide a good starting point.

Getting good at getting good #deliberatepractice

Practice without feedback ≠ improvement. Who can provide input to reach higher levels?

Open pedagogy: the importance of getting in the air

Post phrases highlighted in Diigo: “How can the potential impact of open pedagogy on learning be even greater than affordability’s impact on open learning? Making progress in open pedagogy is critically important to winning the long-term OER adoption battle. The field desperately needs more work focused in this area. Powerful examples of open pedagogy will give faculty a specific and and direct reason to adopt OER.”

How to break a big project into small steps

Great question to keep in mind: If I only had ten minutes to make progress on this every day this week, what would I do?

Gender bias in academe: An annotated bibliography of important recent studies

Policy implications for P&T processes, talking points for further discussion and reflection

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