New online initiative in Ontario centralizes offerings

Some forward thinking going on here, at least in academic terms.  How does this equate to the Dean’s agreement out here in the west?

New online initiative needs input from university teachers, say Ontario profs | OCUFA.


Look back in anger? A review of online learning in 2013

Damn you Tony Bates, making me blog again! Following is the link to the article that has brought me back from my hiatus. Tony gives his 2013 year in review. All I can say is he is bang on.

Look back in anger? A review of online learning in 2013.

Breaking News – Tablets are being used in classrooms

This might not be news to some of you out there, but for others it may be an reinforcing piece of information. Unfortunately I find the article somewhat misguided…

“When tablets surged in popularity with the introduction of the Android operating system…”

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Nice to know that Android did most of the heavy lifting in bringing tablets to the market. Also…

 “The key to using a tablet in the classroom is finding models that have as many connectivity ports as possible. Ports provide the flexibility of connecting directly to a PC hard drive for file saving and storage.”

Which totally misses a little something I like to call “pedagogy” (look it up, it is going to be huge) and design, let alone the need to be system agnostic or cloud accessible. But alas, it looks like my interest in this article is to shoot apart it’s fallacies.

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Perhaps I am being too harsh? Digest for yourself in the link as follows:

via More tablets showing up on campus.

Overhaul coming at SIAST

More changes indicative of the stance PSE institutions are having to take to retool for the future. A full embrace of new pedagogy, available technology, and embracing the contemporary learner will go a long way in these new strategies. It seems to me that this move by SIAST is more proactive than reactive given that institution’s current funding scenario and student enrollment/employment rates.

Overhaul coming at SIAST.