2021 Week 22


⚙️ Work

This year’s University of Calgary Teaching and Learning Grants were announced. What an amazing list of projects!

I finished a mockup for a new tools mini-site for elearn.ucalgary.ca - I’ll be presenting it to a group next week for feedback, and then will hopefully start implementing it this summer.

🤔 PhD

Made some progress on chapter 6, and started planning the “design study” component that will make up chapter 7. I’ll need to map that project out quickly, so I can get ethics approval and then get started collecting that data this summer. Or early fall, depending on how quickly I can write up the ethics proposal, and how quickly the CFREB wheels turn over the summer…

📚 Reading

Heather Farmer, in EDUCAUSE Review: 6 Models for Blended Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Course Delivery

Kalir, R. H., & Garcia, A. (2021). Annotation. MIT Press. (via a Flickr photo posted by Alan Levine)

EverywhereLearner, Online Learning Consortium, and DETA: Planning for a Blended Future: A Research-Driven Guide for Educators (via Stephen Downes)

Scott Jaschik, in Inside Higher Ed: ProctorU Abandons Business Based Solely on AI

ProctorU is reducing its reliance on AI proctoring. Yay. But that means they’re doubling-down (tripling? quadrupling? more?) on hiring people to watch students take exams. That has its own set of problems, and reports of contract invigilators being suuuuper creepy to the students that have to let them watch as they take exams? not cool…

But, hey. People are hoping to use Zoom for online exam proctoring…

Linden, K., & Gonzalez, P.. (2021). Zoom invigilated exams: A protocol for rapid adoption to remote examinations. British Journal of Educational Technology, 00, 1– 15. https://doi.org/10.1111/bjet.13109

Derek Newton, in Forbes: Cheating Companies Hacked Websites at MIT, Stanford, Columbia And More Than 100 Other Schools - patch your campus content management systems, people!

🧺 Other

It stopped snowing so I got back out on the bike.

Bearspaw Pond View

🗓️ Focus for next week

  • Interviews for the LTS position
  • Big Committee Meeting Week™
  • The Boy™'s high school graduation ceremony. That we aren’t allowed to attend, but may be allowed to watch via a zoom thing1.

My calendar for next week is kind of making me break out into cold sweats…


  1. but the premier has given his personal assurance that less than a month after the covid-restricted graduation ceremony, the province will be Fully Open For Business™ with no restrictions of any kind, just in time for the Stampede. Yahoo. ↩︎


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