25 Years of Edtech: In Search of Learning Objects

Martin Weller’s book 25 Years of Ed Tech is a great people’s history of educational technology, covering the major innovations over the last 25 years. He published it through the Athabasca University Press under a Creative Commons License. As a result it’s been adopted by the edtech community, who have produced an audiobook version, as well as a “between the chapters” discussion series. Chapter 7 is on Learning Objects, read by Brian Lamb....

December 25, 2020 · 1 min

Interview: UCalgary's What the Tech Podcast

The UCalgary Department of Computer Science has been publishing a great podcast series called What the Tech? It’s intended as a way to share some of the work being done by faculty members and grad students, and covers a pretty wide range of topics. I was asked to be on the show to talk about learning technologies, innovation, and some of the things I’m going to be working on for my PhD research....

September 3, 2020 · 1 min

the podcast is now live in the iTunes directory

I guess that makes it official. I've got a few new episodes planned out. Looks like there's no chickening out now… D'Arcy Norman dot net the podcast (AKA TILT: Taylor Institute Learning Technologies), in the iTunes directory

February 28, 2018 · 1 min

notes on setting up a podcast in 2018

I hadn't published a podcast since 2005, back when podcasting meant "automating downloads of audio files to an iPod because there's no internet connection when you're mobile" and not "any kind of media, and nobody even remembers what an iPod is anymore, and why on earth wouldn't you have an internet connection all the time?" Anyway. I'd assumed the passing decade would have meant audio production tools and podcast publication tools would have matured significantly since the good old days....

February 27, 2018 · 2 min

Tack Sharp Photography Podcast

I'd dabbled with doing a series of photography casts, but stopped doing it when I realized there are SO many people out there far better suited to doing this. The real reason I stopped doing my screencasts is that I was focusing more on Aperture, and there is the excellent Inside Aperture blog and podcast that handles that much better than I ever could. The latest example is the really great new Tack Sharp podcast from professional photographer James Duncan Davidson and amateur photographer Dan Benjamin....

December 8, 2008 · 2 min

Walking tour of University of Calgary Campus

Back in the heady early days of podcasting - all the way back in 2005 - one of the first use cases of the technology was to create "walking tours" where a narrator could guide students through a tour of an area. When video podcasting became possible, it would make the guided tours more effective because you could show supplemental or orienteering images to support the narration. Fast forward to 2008, and the TLC just produced a walking tour of the U of C campus, featuring Julie Walker, a naturalist and hiking guide with the University of Calgary Outdoor Centre....

November 10, 2008 · 1 min

ETSTalk Episode 16

I just got off the line with Cole, Alan and Brad - the ETS edtech crüe at PSU, where we recorded an episode of ETSTalk. I babbled for a bit about what I do here (and it was likely as clear to them as to me :-) ), then we talked a bit about innovations and the need to build concrete stepping stones to help people grok new stuff. I mentioned some of the projects I’m working on with faculty and off-campus folks, and we talked about reasons behind blogging (with me narcissistically remembering the story of how I started blogging, because of course everyone is so interested in that....

February 9, 2007 · 2 min

Justin Trudeau Speaking at the U of C

I just checked in on weblogs.ucalgary.ca, and was greeted by a wonderful surprise. Justin Trudeau was on campus on Friday November 24, and the full audio of his talk was posted to weblogs.ucalgary.ca as a podcast. I've grabbed the file, and have listened to the first couple of minutes, but this should be a great talk. For anyone who doesn't recognize the name Justin Trudeau, he is the son of former Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau, and is making quite a name for himself as both a public speaker and leader of youth activism....

November 25, 2006 · 1 min

Intro to Podcasting Session Recording

We were able to record that Intro to Podcasting presentation I gave on Wednesday, and the video has been processed and compressed. The audio is a bit wonky because the microphones were fixed and all turned on - and I wasn't wearing a lapel mic so I get hard to hear as I wander around the front of the room. Next time, I'll wear a lapel mic, and warn everyone that all of the microphones are on all the time to avoid the paper rustling and desk drumming that got picked up....

April 21, 2006 · 1 min

BCEdOnline UnKeynote Debriefing

I'm sitting in the airport in Vancouver (and later on the plane coming home) and wanted to capture some of the thoughts I have about how the keynote went. I'm absolutely exhausted, so I'm not sure how coherent this is going to be, but it's important to get this down before it's glossed over and starts to fade away. Some context - this was my first keynote as presenter (well, co-presenter), so I was a bit intimidated by that....

April 20, 2006 · 7 min