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February 21, 2024 · 0 min

On 2019 and looking forward to 2020

2019 was a year for the record books. Looking back, it was basically a constant stream of life-altering challenges (many of which were profoundly unbloggable), but we got through everything and are thriving as we go into 2020. Looking back at 2019… I went through chemo. But, I made it through and am now stronger than I’ve been in years. And, when it does come back, I know that we have a plan in place and that it works....

December 20, 2019 · 7 min

2017 in review

This won't be a big mopey retrospective, but I thought it would be useful to document some of the major things that happened this year. It's been a doozy. In roughly chronological order… My team continued to be awesome. I'm so fortunate to be a part of such a diverse, thoughtful, and insanely productive team. The Taylor Institute hosted the 2017 University of Calgary Conference on Post-secondary Learning and Teaching. I hosted the Ignite sessions....

December 28, 2017 · 2 min

thoughts on documentation and interpretation of an experience/class/session

Are teacher/performer & student/audience synonymous? (How) are all of these data + interpretations to be used to shape the current experience and future ones? (How) can these be generalized to other contexts? So what? Why is this useful? – Not just scholarly navel-gazing?! How do these support meaningful + productive reflection by instructors and students? “meta” layer – pedagogical discussion before/during/after sessions? An audience member’s experience of a performance is a product of the performance itself AND a visceral invocation of cultural and remembered experiences – the current performance is only part of the lived experience, which is why scenographic writing/drawing can be important – to elucidate that internal and personal context....

September 24, 2016 · 2 min

Cann & Badge (2011). Reflective social portfolios for feedback and peer mentoring

Cann, A. J., & Badge, J. L. (2011). Reflective Social Portfolios for Feedback and Peer Mentoring. Notes: p.6: To facilitate construction of student-owned eportfolios, we initially selected two wiki sites (, and a blogging tool ( as the choices promoted to students, although students were told that they were free to use whatever tools they wish to build their eportfolio as long as they discuss and justify their choice with a member of staff before embarking on the project....

January 31, 2016 · 3 min


I'm not going to write a year-in-review post. It's been an epic year on many fronts, and next year is already shaping up to be bigger, more amazing and even more exhausting. In great ways. So. What about 2015? For me, it was a year that I became more internally-focused. I traveled less. I worked more on the local campus context. And that's a great thing. I plan to travel even less in 2016....

December 22, 2015 · 4 min

on 2012

what a year. this is not a sappy end-of-year recap, but I needed to take a step back to see just what an epic year it's been. in rough chronological order: a bunch of LMS-related activities, to try to kickstart discussion about what to select traveled to mexico to watch my niece get married on a beach got the all-clear after a potential cancer scare Northern Voice conference (likely my last) rode my bike a lot - Banff Gran Fondo and Highwood Pass (twice) and a bunch of other great rides....

December 19, 2012 · 2 min

2006 in Photos

This was 2006, at a glance. I picked one photo from each month, with a bonus one for December (there were 13 slots...)

December 28, 2006 · 1 min


WARNING: Rambling, stream-of-consciousness, thinking-out-loud (hopefully not navel-gazing) ahead! Just trying to start framing some thoughts so I can make sense and move on. It's one of the weird paradoxes of the last few years for me - I'm much more involved with external (off campus) groups and online communities than I am with local ones. I'm more well-known off-campus than on. I'm more linked to individuals spread around the globe than those at my own institution....

March 7, 2006 · 3 min

Collaboration and Teacher Reflection

Christopher D. Sessums just wrote a piece on using weblogs as a source of reflection in teacher education. I'm very interested to hear Christopher's thoughts on this topic - we're working on a project with the Faculty of Education here to develop an ePortfolio/reflection process (heavy on the ePortfolio side - likely using Pachyderm and Drupal - that we're just in the early stages of putting a proposal/demo together for)....

November 9, 2005 · 1 min