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September 15, 2017

RSS Readers or “OK now my brain is bleeding”

Filed under: EDDL 5101,Technology @ 10:24 pm
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While I’ve seen the RSS Feed icons on websites and on some level understood the concept of RSS Readers I quickly learned actually using them was a different story. My go to source Google apparently discontinued their reader.  So I chose the recommended multi-platform replacement Feedly. My first attempt at subscribing left me subscribed through Internet Explorer not Feedly. Solved that problem and moved on to which feeds to subscribe to.

The first feed I subscribed to was the Conference Board of Canada’s Education and Innovation blog. This was not only for the innovation but also because several articles referenced skills and employment. As an applied technology program we live and die by the opportunities our students have after graduating. Hopefully this will help on both accounts.

 

** In the interests of becoming more familiar with WordPress I’m going to publish this now and update by edits or comments as I search for more feeds.

 

First attempted edit.

After reading chapter 1 of Tony Bates book I decided to check out his website. Lo and behold I see the RSS feed symbol!  Again a minor glitch trying to sign up directly from the browser, followed by an attempt to search from Feedly that wanted me to sign up for their pay “power search” feature, I finally managed to sigh up.

Good Morning TRU!

Filed under: EDDL 5101,Introductions @ 8:45 pm
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I currently teach an applied technology course at a small community college on Vancouver Island. This is my second career, my first was working in the automotive industry in Ontario on high tech control systems for manufacturing equipment. I enjoyed what I was doing but felt the need for a change. I moved to BC in 2009 and lived in North Vancouver for three years while teaching at BCIT before moving to the island. Since joining the post-secondary ranks I’ve completed the PIDP program and an Adult Education diploma through VCC and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction through SFU.

I currently teach in the 2nd year of a 2 year program. The courses I teach all involve technology and its application. They are complex, intensive subjects that typically cause a lot of student stress. Our Learning Management System here is Blackboard, and our distributed Learning department consists of 1 part time faculty member and a technician. Our hardware is top notch, but we do a lot of peer to peer support.

Over the past 5 years I’ve been trying to incorporate online resources into the program. For the most part I’ve created passive systems. I’ve digitized course content and incorporated some online submissions but communication is strictly one way at a time.

I am looking to take my current 100% face to face program and transition it to a blended delivery model. Our focus is on practical skills but my hope is that theory can be delivered online using a variation of Bloom’s Learning for Mastery. While I am technical proficient in computer hardware and software systems my online presence and social media skills are practically non-existent, I don’t even have a Facebook account.

My goal here is to explore and become familiar with some of the online and distributed learning technologies that I know exist out there in the ether somewhere. Along the way I hope to learn some best practices and pick up some ideas from others in the course with me.

Greetings Fellow Explorers

Filed under: EDDL 5111,Introductions @ 8:20 pm
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Hello all!  I am new to WordPress and blogging, so I’ll ask for forgiveness in advance for any “newbie” mistakes.

I’m currently teaching an applied technology course in a community college on Vancouver Island. Our Learning Management system here is Blackboard, and while I use it to provide resources and ways to submit assignments it’s mostly a passive use. So far I’ve only digitized current course content and communication is only one direction at a time.

Personally I’ve taken a completely online course that I found a real struggle to do, and a blended course that was f2f with an online discussion forum that was a better experience, but still left me thinking there has got to be a better way. My purpose here is to start that search for a better way.

Teaching in a technology course I am very comfortable with technology on it’s own (computers and various software packages).  My comfort level in an online environment is a total different ball game. I don’t “instachat” or “snapgram” or any other of those newfangled social media apps, I don’t even have Facebook. My goal here is to become more familiar and comfortable in that online/social media environment, and to begin exploring the real possibilities I think are available to provide my students with a better learning experience. Hopefully along the way I’ll pick up some knowledge of learning tools to help me create better, more interactive, content.

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