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Education Politics Via The Military Times: “There's a plan in Congress to start charging troops for their GI Bill benefits.” “Should DeVos Block an Embattled Student Loan Giant's Expansion?” Bloomberg asks. That's poor embattled Navient. Via The New York Times: “DeVos Halts Obama-Era Plan to Revamp Student Loan Management.” More on the business of student loans in the upgrades/downgrades section below. Via Pacific Standard: “Department of Education to Investigate Alleged Discrimination in Richmond Schools.” Via The Verge: “Trump administration says it won't release White House visitor records.” The White House has also discontinued open.gov. “The Next Higher-Ed Funding Battle to Watch May Be in New Mexico,” [...]
Fri, Apr 21, 2017
Source: hackeducation.com
This was what I said this evening at a panel at the University of Mary Washington as part of its Presidential Inauguration Week. The panel was titled "Higher Education in the Disinformation Age: Can America's public liberal arts universities restore critical thinking and civility in public discourse?" The other panelists included Steve Farnsworth (University of Mary Washington), Sara Cobb (George Mason University), and Julian Hayter (University of Richmond). I only had ten minutes, so my remarks really only scratch the surface. In February 2014, I happened to catch a couple of venture capitalists complaining about journalism on Twitter. (Honestly, you could [...]
Thu, Apr 20, 2017
Source: hackeducation.com
Drawing of a book with "open textbooks" on it, and arrows pointing out to people using the book in various contexts
Open Textbooks, by Giulia Forsythe on Flickr, licensed CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 After talking about it for a few years, I am finally able to start working on an open textbook for introduction to philosophy courses. There are a few of us working on it already, and we're going to need all the help we can get…so this post is to introduce the project and talk about how others can get involved. Open textbooks First, what is an “open textbook”? The easiest way to think about it is that it is like any other textbook except in two crucial respects: First, it is free [...]
Sat, Apr 15, 2017
Source: YoureTheTeacher
This article is part of my research into "who funds education technology," which I plan to expand with my Spencer Education Fellowship The Omidyar Network announced earlier this week that it has invested in Data & Society, a New York City-based research institute co-founded by danah boyd. The two-year $850,000 grant will fund Data & Society's work on “the social and cultural issues arising from the development of data-centric technology.” The grant is just one of a slew of recent investments by the Omidyar Network in companies and organizations that work in and around education technology, including Khan Academy, Hypothes.is, and [...]
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Source: hackeducation.com
Education Politics From the Department of Education's press release: “U.S. Secretary of Education Announces Chief of Staff and Additional Staff Hires.” And what a fine bunch. Via ProPublica: “DeVos Pick to Head Civil Rights Office Once Said She Faced Discrimination for Being White.” Also on the list of new hires: Robert Eitel, “who had been criticized for his dual role as a top for-profit college official and Education Department adviser, has resigned from his position at Bridgepoint Education.” Via The Chronicle of Higher Education: “DeVos Withdraws Obama-Era Memos Focused on Improving Loan Servicing.” Also via CHE: “DeVos's Rollback of Servicing Guidance [...]
Fri, Apr 14, 2017
Source: hackeducation.com
I am facilitating a session on teaching dossiers/portfolios for graduate students in the Philosophy department today, April 12, 2017. I created a page on the UBC wiki to house information about the session so it's available to anyone who wants to see and possibly use it. I am also embedding it here b/c it looks nicer on a WordPress site! Soon I'll put it in my teaching and learning portfolio, but for now, here it is! Here is the direct link to the page on the UBC Wiki. These are notes and links to resources for the Philosophy department TA training session [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: YoureTheTeacher
I'm currently on a short retreat/vacation with my wife (or I was when I wrote this) and had the opportunity to get out and about for a walk in the woods. Being the end of March, the spring thaw is in full stride and so the sights and sounds of spring are plentiful. While the […] [...]
Wed, Apr 12, 2017
Source: merelearning.ca
I research historical sound, more specifically the work of sound effects designers from late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century theatre. These designers worked with acoustic materials and simple mechanisms to create everyday sounds, such as wind, rain, and thunder. A lot of my PhD work so far has focused on recreating a historical design, a theatre wind machine, following instructions left in the writings of sound effects designers. But these designers haven't only left behind specific instructions for particular effects; they also advise the reader to experiment with their designs and develop their work further, to investigate new materials and grow an individual [...]
Mon, Apr 10, 2017
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
Education Politics Trump says the Secretary of Education is “highly respected.” Certainly this week's news really really underscores how much: “What is Education Secretary Betsy DeVos doing with the rapper Pitbull in Miami?” asks The Washington Post. What's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos's brother doing in the Seychelles with a friend of Putin? Also via The Washington Post: “ The cost of Betsy DeVos's security detail – nearly $8 million over nearly 8 months.” “Betsy DeVos isn't listening to parents,” according to an op-ed in USA Today. Pretty sure “meet with Pitbull” and “spend millions on protection services from the Federal Marshals” are not on [...]
Fri, Apr 07, 2017
Source: hackeducation.com
Here's a topic from the D2L's Assignment Dropbox in all its Glory! workshop: Seeing all students listed in the Submissions area, even if they haven't submitted an assignment yet. Are you wondering why you don't see all your students in your submissions area for your Dropbox? Well, that's because the default is to only list the students who have actually submitted assignments! But, there is a way to view a complete list of students – but there's a trick to it, so let's explore that now! Go to the Dropbox tool in your course. Click on the title of the [...]
Fri, Apr 07, 2017
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
In Arts One this past week we discussed Paul Auster's novel City of Glass as well as the graphic novel adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli. We were very fortunate to have a guest lecture by Paul Karasik on the graphic novel, on Monday, March 27, and he gave a public lecture later that day as well. One of the students in my Arts One seminar group asked him about the scribbled face that appears numerous times in the graphic novel. Karasik didn't want to “give too much away,” and just said it had something to do with who the narrator [...]
Sat, Apr 01, 2017
Source: YoureTheTeacher
This tutorial is designed for faculty who have previous experience using D2L and will cover the steps involved when you wish to create forums and topics in the Discussion tool in D2L. The Discussion tool allows for asynchronous discussions of topics, and sharing of information, between students and groups of students. But first, you need to know the difference between Forums, Topics, and Threads/Replies. A Forum is a container for Topics. A Topic contains the discussion itself. A Thread contains an individual student's post to the Topic, along with others' replies to that post. So, a Topic contains multiple Threads, and a Forum contains [...]
Fri, Mar 31, 2017
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
Julie Thompson Klein to Visit UVic
The Office of Interdisciplinary Academic Programs and the Vice-President Academic and Provost's Office are hosting Dr. Julie Thompson Klein as the 2016/17 Distinguished Women Scholar. Dr. Klein will be on campus Wednesday, April 5th through Friday, April 7th to visit with researchers and give two public talks: “Building and Sustaining Interdisciplinary Studies on Campus,” Thursday, April 6th, 3:30 pm, David Strong Building C103 “Interdisciplinary Boundary Crossing and Literacy for the Digital Age,” Friday, April 7th, 12:00 noon, Mearns Centre, McPherson Library, Room 129 We hope to see you there! Post by Jentery Sayers, attached to the Makerspace project, with the news tag. Image for [...]
Tue, Mar 28, 2017
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
Tiffany, Kat, Danielle, Victoria, and I recently made a video for UVic's Research Reels event. It's titled “Kits for Cultural History: Remaking the Past,” and it was screened on campus earlier this month. UVic uploaded the video to YouTube, and I've embedded it here. Thanks again to UVic, Robert Baker (Blinds Veterans UK), Mara Mills (NYU), Matthew Rubery (QMUL), Bill Turkel (Western), Paul Walde (UVic), Fiona Keenan (U. of York), SSHRC, and CFI for their support. Thanks to Rah Bras for the music. Post by Teddie Brock, attached to the Makerspace and KitsForCulture projects, with the news tag. Featured video for this [...]
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
image of Alison Bechdel at a bookstore in 2012
In Arts One last week we were discussing several graphic works, including selections from Nick Sousanis' Unflattening, Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics, and also the whole of Alison Bechdel's Fun Home. We were very lucky to have a distance lecture/discussion by Nick Sousanis through live stream from San Francisco on Monday, March 20! He spoke about various themes in Unflattening and his work generally, and talked with quite a few students about their questions. He's also visiting UBC April 6 and 7, which I'm very excited about. Alison Bechdel at Politics and Prose bookstore, Wikimedia Commons, licensed CC BY 2.0 In class on [...]
Sat, Mar 25, 2017
Source: YoureTheTeacher
Here's a topic from the The Amazing D2L Gradebook workshop: Keeping final grades updated so you don't have to calculate them all at the end of the term. Are you wondering why you don't see the Final Calculated Grade appearing as you add grades for students? Does it look like this? Wonder no more! In order to see the Final Calculated Grade changing in the Enter Grades area as you add grades for students, you need to adjust a Setting. So, here's how you do that! Go to the Grades tool in your course Go to Enter Grades Click on Settings (in the upper, [...]
Fri, Mar 24, 2017
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
An Introduction to Noisemaking, by Fiona Keenan
The MLab and CFUV's Women's Radio Collective are hosting a workshop on DIY noisemaking this Thursday, March 23rd. The workshop will be facilitated by the MLab's visiting PhD researcher, Fiona Keenan, and is open to everyone over two sessions on an informal, drop-in basis. Thursday, March 23rd Afternoon session: 2:30 – 4:00 pm Evening session: 6:30 – 8:00 pm CFUV 101.9 FM Student Union Building, Room B006Facebook event page The workshop is free to attend, and no experience is required. It is inclusive to self-identified women and non-binary or gender-fluid people. About the workshop: Drawing from historical techniques in theatre and radio from the 19th and early [...]
Tue, Mar 21, 2017
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
I am working on a short video to accompany Camus' “Myth of Sisyphus.” This is for my Introduction to Philosophy course. I just finished the slides, and I'm posting them here to start. Then when the video is ready I'll post it too! You can download the slides here. Camus “The Myth of Sisyphus” slides for a video from Christina Hendricks [...]
Sun, Mar 19, 2017
Source: YoureTheTeacher
Privacy and Free Speech by Clint Lalonde is a modified image released under a CC-BY-NC-SA license. The original image is SnowdenDAY - Brasília (DF) by Mídia NINJA CC-BY-NC-SA. This modified version has been cropped and the quote box and quote has been added.
It feels like a long overdue digital spring cleaning. About a month ago, I made the decision to migrate a bunch of websites that I host (including this one) off of US servers and onto Canadian servers. Overall, the move went well but not without a few hiccups, as you might expect as you move from a platform that you have used for over a dozen years. I had a reseller account with Hostgator, which meant I had access to WHM, which is a step above cPanel (for those of you who have worked at reclaiming or hosting your own sites). At [...]
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Source: clintlalonde.net
Welcome to our monthly Camosun D2L Upgrade Report. Grades – Exempting a Learner from Multiple Grade Items If you remember from December, D2L added a feature where you could exempt a grade item for individual students (from the grading area for a Grade Item). You can read about it at D2L Monthly Upgrades – What's new in December! This month, we are seeing an improvement to this feature. Now you can go straight to a student's gradebook, and exempt that one student from multiple grade items. If you're looking for options around dropping different grade items for different students that [...]
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
Dan Reeve
(Our final Slam Story in this series!) In October 2016, the eLearning unit in CETL hosted Camosun's first “UDL Slam.” Faculty and staff were invited to share stories about practical applications of UDL (Universal Design for Learning) Principles they have implemented in their courses or programs. The “Slam” format required that these stories include the following details and be told in 5 minutes or less: The specific barrier to learning; The solution applied to address this barrier; Some assessment of the solution to date. In this fourth and final in a special series of posts, we give you this effective and adaptable example of UDL [...]
Thu, Mar 16, 2017
Source: Distributed Education, Camosun College
Congrats to Teddie, Tiffany, Kat, Danielle, and Victoria, who made a video that has been short-listed for UVic's Research Reels award. All short-listed videos will be screened on the UVic campus at 5pm this Tuesday (March 7th) in the David Lam Auditorium (Mac A144), and winners will also be announced then. Attend, if you can, to support the MLab team, and enjoy some free popcorn in the process. Research Reels (Screening and Awards) MacLaurin Building (MAC) A144 March 7th at 5:00pmIdeaFest at UVic Hope to see you there! Post by Jentery Sayers, attached to the Makerspace and KitsForCulture projects, with the news, fabrication, and physcomp [...]
Sun, Mar 05, 2017
Source: MakerLabInTheHumanities
[The Abject continues to deliver on its longstanding 1 to 4 proportion of “why I am not blogging” blog posts… Proudly barely blogging since 2001!] Even by my standards, a five month post gap is unseemly. Partly driven by forces familiar to many of you… Over the past year, I've become increasingly unsure of myself. Unsure of my ability to grasp what is going on. Unsure of my ability to act. Unsure what I should even be trying. Unsure politically, professionally, personally. I'm not alone in being horrified and disturbed at where we find ourselves. Most of what I might have to [...]
Sat, Feb 25, 2017
Source: abject.ca
I am working on moving this site (and a number of others) to a new Canadian web host. The cost of maintaining an expensive reseller account with a crazy US-CAN exchange rate combined with the ever increasing ick factor at having so much of my digital identity located on servers in the US is prompting me to move. Hopefully the move will be smooth, but I do have about 10 years of assorted experiments, mucking around-ness and half ass hackery living deep within the code of these virtual walls. So if there is funkiness on the site over the next few [...]
Thu, Feb 09, 2017
Source: clintlalonde.net
I started my educational consulting business almost 20 years ago, and between those Webbed Feat contracts, a faculty position at Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (50 km commute) and a management/teaching/stewardship "telecommuting" job at BCcampus, I've been mostly working from my home office.Telecommuting :: to work at home by the use of an electronic linkup with a central office Merriam Webster This definition doesn't really fit how I work. My BCcampus colleagues work primarily from an office in Victoria. There is another office is in Vancouver, but when people talk about "the office" you can bet they mean Victoria. And [...]
Mon, Feb 06, 2017
Source: mywebbedfeat.blogspot.ca/
*Register for the next FLO - Synchronous February 27 - March 17*In December, 2016 we ran a workshop pilot at BCcampus called Facilitating Learning Online (FLO) - Synchronous. The outcome is a fine-tuned, brand new workshop to include in the Facilitating Learning Online family of offerings.The idea for this workshop emerged through participation in the FLO - Fundamentals, an intensive 5-week workshop which engages faculty and staff in both participant and facilitator roles and they learn about key themes related to effective planning and online facilitation. There is a synchronous component in that workshop, but it's not enough to dig [...]
Sat, Feb 04, 2017
Source: mywebbedfeat.blogspot.ca/
I recently had the opportunity to attend a student showcase of Digital Humanities projects, put on by the Digital Pedagogy Network. The Digital Pedagogy Network is a collaborative project between the University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University. The context of the event was to give Digital Humanities students an opportunity to showcase the DH projects they have been working on to fulfill the requirements of their various undergrad/graduate level DH programs at UVIC and SFU. I am grateful to SFU Digital Scholarship Librarian (and Whitecaps soccer fan) Rebecca Dowson for suggesting that I attend. I am very happy that I [...]
Sat, Feb 04, 2017
Source: clintlalonde.net
I've been working on an internal BCcampus project to set up and configure Kaltura MediaSpace for our internal use. We have a number of use cases, not the least of which are providing a central hosting space for videos created as part of a grant associated with the BC Open Textbook Project. Since these videos will be openly licensed (as is everything we create at BCcampus), I want there to be a visible Creative Commons license with each video to let users know the terms of usage for each video. Out of the box, MediaSpace has a lot of functionality, but [...]
Thu, Jan 19, 2017
Source: clintlalonde.net
Word has gotten around that I'm proposing changes. That could be the end and enough to strike fear in the heart of any introverted educational technologist. But last night, I was invited to speak to the faculty of the program which is up for review and revision. Some of them are worried, and I certainly […] [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: merelearning.ca
Next week I begin teaching a course in the Royal Roads MA in Learning & Technology (MALAT) program. The opportunity to teach in the program came up via George Veletsianos and the MALAT program head Elizabeth Childs. This is a course that George usually teaches in the MALAT program, but George (and Elizabeth) are currently busy developing a new MALAT program at RRU. Last week, I had the chance to see the new program when I attended a 2 day session at RRU with other associate faculty from both the MALAT program and the wider School of Education. The new MALAT program at [...]
Wed, Jan 18, 2017
Source: clintlalonde.net
twil by cmadland The more I dig into Gitbook and Github as a platform for online course design and delivery, the more I think that it is going to be a great way to reduce the hassle of typical course design projects that rely on MS Word files emailed back and forth and to and fro. […] [...]
Fri, Jan 13, 2017
Source: merelearning.ca
There are numerous ways to get higher ed faculty riled up, and talking about plagiarism or intellectual property are two of them. And for good reason. Plagiarism is a significant problem in higher ed (although there are many faculty who can't be bothered). It is important for students to present their own work as a […] [...]
Thu, Jan 12, 2017
Source: merelearning.ca
myleshorton
Put some time aside this weekend to finish my reading of We Make The Road By Walking and caught up with fellow readers' commentary from the past couple weeks. So many great things coming out of this insightful group, like: Google Docs + Hypothes.is mashup via: @cogdog & @acroom Annotation mobs via: @telliowkuwp An emergence of Antigonish 2.0 via: @bonstewart Making The Conversation By Talking via: @acroom & @amcollier Some of my highlights from Chapters 3-6: Academicians, politicians, all the people that are supposed to be guiding this country say you've got to be neutral. As soon as I started looking at that word [...]
Sun, Dec 18, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
For the first time in about 12 years, I've moved to a hosting service with a new domain at homonym.ca [...]
Fri, Dec 09, 2016
Source: homonym.wordpress.com
ourstohackandown
I've been nibbling on the concept of platform cooperativism for the last few months, but it was a comment from Hal Plotkin who mentioned it during the #opened16 FutuOER: Designing the Next Generation of Open Education session that prompted me to grab a copy of Ours To Hack And To Own. I have been spending time with the notion of platform cooperativism to get a sense of how it can inform the work I am involved with in British Columbia with the BC Open Educational Technology Collaborative. Although encouraged by many of the the ideas and directions outlined in the collection of [...]
Mon, Dec 05, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
Some more listening branching from my reading of Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 Utah Phillips - Nonviolence and Pacifism Myles Horton - On Violence [...]
Fri, Dec 02, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
Getting caught up with Bryan Alexander's brilliant invitation to read and reflect on We Make The Road by Walking: Conversations on Education and Social Change over the next few weeks. Really enjoying the reflections of a great group of folks. I discovered the 1981 Bill Moyers interview with Myles Horton when Bryan suggested the Horton/Freire dialogue a couple weeks ago. I decided to use the video as a jumping off point to familiarize myself with Horton as I was already familiar with the work and influence of Freire. Listening to Horton recalled the stories and songs of Utah Phillips for [...]
Thu, Dec 01, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
http://networkeffects.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/trump_newyork.mp4 But one of the people who did understand how to use this new power was Donald Trump. Trump realized that there was now no future in building housing for ordinary people, because all the government grants had gone. But he saw there were other ways to get vast amounts of money out of the state. Trump started to buy up derelict buildings in New York and he announced that he was going to transform them into luxury hotels and apartments. But in return, he negotiated the biggest tax break in New York's history, worth 160 million. The city had to [...]
Fri, Nov 18, 2016
Source: networkeffects.ca
wolf
Animation study. Slow transition 5 frames. WolfmanAnimation study. Slow transition 5 frames. JackieI see it. There are many back-logged posts and sketches to get out, (remember #inktober ?!) but tonight, I'm motivated share these early animation studies I drew back in my college days. These have been part of a collection of old drawings I have been hanging onto since I made them, but in an ongoing effort to decrease my worldly possessions they are on deck for destruction. I've taken it upon myself as I'm culling my final portfolios, to digitize and blog these artifacts to somehow ensure they have [...]
Wed, Oct 19, 2016
Source: jasontoal.ca
Well this is happening. The Little (work)Shop of Horrors, is coming up October 28th, and I am STOKED about what the planning team and our Centre for Digital Media (CDM) collaborators have been able to put together in such a short period of time. Of particular note, are the keynote and plenary speakers. Audrey Watters will be kicking things off with some scary stories of her own all related to the monsters in educational technology. Closing our day will be CDM resident Patrick Pennefather, who promises some highly interactive experiences which will build from the rubble of our experiments and [...]
Thu, Oct 13, 2016
Source: jasontoal.ca