2021 Week 30


⚙️ Work

More return-to-campus planning, and setting up the Kritik and Hypothesis pilot projects for the fall semester.

Team members made some great progress on our new “tools” section of elearn. Phase 1 of that will launch by the end of summer. This is an important first step, making information about all online learning technologies available in one place. We have support info up already, but not “wikipedia-style” info about core and third-party software used at UCalgary. Profs need to know what people are using, what they’re using it for, and which tools they can safely use.

🤔 PhD

I got some notes from the ethics board reviewers, and am working on revising the ethics application. The good news is that the feedback was all minor tweaks to things like data storage and retention plans (I was being overly cautious and don’t need to worry about deleting content as quickly as I had planned) and easing off on mitigating potential conflicts that might arise from being both a PhD researcher and a staff member at the same university (I was being overly cautious and don’t need to worry about this as much because we’re all professionals and the research participants don’t report to me).

Next up is playtesting the interview protocol for the design study project, and then collecting data asap.

📚 Reading

Dole, S., & Bloom, L. (2009). Online Course Design: A Case Study. International Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching & Learning, 3(1), 1–11. doi:10.20429/ijsotl.2009.030111

Bennett, S., Agostinho, S., & Lockyer, L. (2015). Technology tools to support learning design: Implications derived from an investigation of university teachers' design practices. Computers & Education, 81, 211-220.

Stark, J. S. (2000). Planning introductory college courses: Content, context and form. Instructional Science, 28(5), 413-438.

Prosser, M., & Trigwell, K. (1997). Relations between perceptions of the teaching environment and approaches to teaching. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 67(1), 25-35.

Vijay Govindarajan, Anup Srivastava, and Luminita Enache, in HBR: What the edX Acquisition Means for the Future of Higher Education

3 business profs talking about the future of education. Nobody thought to talk to, say, someone (anyone) from a faculty of education (or any other faculty)? a learning technologist? literally anyone else? nope. all business. the only consideration for “the future” is the business model. as is the way. maddening.

🧺 Other

I finished treatment on Tuesday. Now, I let my marrow recover for 6 months before vaccines will work. Then, I coast for a few years (hopefully) until needing to try something else.

Another week of no bike rides. Smoke. Heat. Treatment. Oldness. Just wasn’t feeling it. Heck, I was wiped out after mowing the lawn…

🗓️ Focus for next week

I’m going to go out on a limb and say maybe some more return-to-campus planning. And hopefully getting ready to launch the 2 pilot projects for fall.


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