Virtual School Meanderings

October 21, 2014

Welcome to Networked Scholars! : Networked Scholars

From yesterday’s inbox…

Hello everyone!

You are receiving this message because you registered for my “Networked Scholars” open online course, offered through the Canvas Network. You can find the course here: https://learn.canvas.net/courses/413/pages/home

First of all, thank you! Thank you for joining me in this course and thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be here. I’m very excited that you decided to join me in this exploration of social media and online social networks in scholarship. I am passionate about this topic, and spend a fair amount of time researching, writing, and speaking about it. I’m excited to be able to share my passion with you!

In my research I discovered that we prepare individuals to do scholarship, but we do not prepare them for an emergent scholarly environment saturated with networked technologies and open practices. Regardless of whether we advocate for particular practices, we need to prepare individuals to make sense of the relationships between technology and scholarship. This course is my response to the lack of curricula to prepare future and current scholars for the changing nature of scholarship.

The course is happening at an opportune time, providing ample material for us to examine. Academics are often encouraged to be online to increase their reach and impact. However, when scholars are online they face tensions, dilemmas, and conundrums. During the past few months, a number of high-profile stories appeared in the news that brought greater attention to the issue. What do academics do on social media? What tensions do they face? Why do they continue being on these contentious spaces when a number of their senior colleagues advice them to “get off Twitter and write those papers?” These are questions that I am hoping we will explore together in the next 4 weeks.

I am also happy to report that we have a wonderful group of colleagues from three countries joining us live to discuss issues pertaining to networked scholarship. The live events are scheduled for the times/days listed below, so if you would like to join us, please add them to your calendar. If you can’t join us live, we will be recording and archiving the events so that you can watch them later at your convenience. The events will be broadcasted via Google Hangouts on Air, and the link to see each broadcast is provided in each module:

October 23 at 9am Pacific: Dr. Laura Czerniewicz from the University of Cape Town (South Africa). Click here to convert this time to your time zone.

October 29 at 4pm Pacific: Dr. Royce Kimmons from the University of Idaho (USA). Click here to convert this time to your time zone.

November 6, at 10:30am Pacific: Bonnie Stewart from the University of Price Edward Island (Canada). Click here to convert this time to your time zone.

I have designed a number of other exciting activities for you. For example, we have readings, videos, slideshows, and news stories to investigate! For example, on October 22nd you can Ask Dr. Michael Barbour Almost Anything pertaining to the topic of scholars presence and visibility online. More on that is available in the course materials and activities for week 1. I have also created a dedicated hashtag for the course (#scholar14) and if you are on Twitter, feel free to contribute resources, thoughts, and comments using the hashtag.

Again, thank you, and welcome to the course! I look forward to our interactions over the next 4 weeks!

Yours,

George

George Veletsianos, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology
School of Education and Technology, Royal Roads University
http://www.veletsianos.com

Recent publications:
http://www.veletsianos.com/publications/

October 16, 2014

Expand Your Knowledge In The World Of Virtual Instruction

Also from Wednesday’s inbox…

Michael K. Barbour,
The latest information from Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom by University of California, Irvine on Coursera.

If you haven’t already taken, Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom, this is your chance!

The course explores the myths and challenges of assessing performance virtually, administering standardized testing with geographical challenges, and complying with state and local requirements to make sure students are meeting them.

Course topics include:
* Student performance in a virtual classroom
* Formats of virtual assessments
* Assessing special populations, including at-risk, gifted and special needs students
* Data analysis of virtual course gradebooks
* Communication and organization in managing virtual caseloads
* Monitoring student learning remotely through learning system management features

You’ll also create virtual instructional feedback tools for students’ assessment and learn the important competencies needed to be an excellent virtual teacher!

Course begins Monday, November 10. Click here to learn more and enroll: https://www.coursera.org/course/virtualassessment

Enrolling in Performance Assessment in the Virtual Classroom also puts you well on your way to distinguishing yourself with a Virtual Teacher Specialization! Learn more about the final steps to earning the specialization here: https://www.coursera.org/specialization/#virtualteacher/10?utm_medium=courseDescripTop

To compliment your Virtual Teacher education on Coursera, University of California, Irvine Extension will offer a fully online Virtual Teacher Practicum in January 2015. During the practicum, you’ll spend several weeks employing the knowledge you acquired from the Coursera Virtual Teacher series. By the end of the Practicum, you will have a development prototype to add to your portfolio which could serve as the basis for realistic online/hybrid solutions to real life problems!

Registration starts Friday, October 31, and the Practicum begins Monday, January 5. Learn more about the Practicum and enrollment requirements by clicking here: http://unex.uci.edu/areas/education/vt/

 

 

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September 26, 2014

A MOOC By The MOOC Originators

Also from yesterday’s inbox…

FYI

A MOOC by the MOOC originators!

Rory McGreal
UNESCO/COL/ICDE Chair in OER
Athabasca University

—— New 5 week mooc starting on using OERs

https://oclmooc.wordpress.com The Wire:

https://landing.athabascau.ca/thewire

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September 14, 2014

Expand Your Knowledge In The World Of Virtual Instruction

Another item from Friday’s inbox…

Michael K. Barbour,
The latest information from Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual K-12 Classroom by University of California, Irvine on Coursera.
As a student who completed last fall’s Emerging Trends & Technologies in the Virtual Classroom course, you now have the opportunity to continue your education with the next course in the Virtual Teacher Specialization series, Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom!

 

During this course, you’ll build upon what you’ve already learned by developing the advanced skills and techniques that elude even some of the most experienced virtual teachers. Focus on the fundamentals that have the greatest impact on student learning in a blended or online environment.

 

You’ll also assess your own skills and apply what you are learning by creating a guide, assignment or resource to put to use in a current or future class you teach.

 

Course topics include:

  • Handling direct instruction
  • Passing with communication and building relationships
  • Swishing assignments and assessments
  •  Rebounding for at-risk and underperforming students

 

Course begins Monday, 9/29. Click here to learn more and enroll: https://www.coursera.org/#course/advancedvirtual

 

Enrolling in Advanced Instructional Technologies also puts you well on your way to distinguishing yourself with a Virtual Teacher Specialization certificate! Learn more about the final steps to earning the specialization here:

https://www.coursera.org/specialization/#virtualteacher/10?utm_medium=courseDescripTop

 

To compliment your  Virtual Teacher education on Coursera, University of California, Irvine Extension will offer a fully only Virtual Teacher Practicum in January 2015. During the practicum, you’ll spend several weeks employing the knowledge you acquired from the Coursera Virtual Teacher series. By the end of the Practicum, you will have a development prototype to add to your portfolio which could serve as the basis for realistic online/hybrid solutions to real life problems! Learn more about the Practicum and enrollment requirements by clicking here:

http://unex.uci.edu/areas/education/vt/

 

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August 24, 2014

We’re Making MOOCs For K-12

This came through my inbox on Thursday.  I note they say K-12, but they seem mainly for K-12 teachers (as opposed to K-12 students).

Canvas Network
Hello Lifelong Learner,

Recently, Canvas Network launched 15 open online courses for K-12. So whether you’re a K-12 teacher, parent, or student, you now have 15 exciting ways to learn from experts, practice new skills, and connect with other learners and educators.

Here’s a preview of just a few of our new K-12 courses. They’ll help you tap into your own creativity, build courses with Minecraft, tear down barriers to learning, and inspire you to embrace and share the power of DIY. (And did we mention they’re all free of charge?)

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Five Habits of Highly Creative Teachers encourages educators to develop new creative habits that foster personal learning networks, content creation, and innovative learning practices that embrace curiosity, failure, and reflection. New creative habits are explored each week.
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Getting Started with MinecraftEdu provides a foundation for new users of MinecraftEdu to help them set up their server and plan their first two lessons using Minecraft. So instead of feeling overwhelmed, come learn about the endless possibilities of using Minecraft as an educational tool.
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Minecraft for Educators opens up the world of Minecraft for use in education. The course was created for teachers who’d like to gamify their learning experiences and deliver a unique pedagogy that will engage, enthuse, and keep learners coming back for more.

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Teachers Without Borders: Educating Girls connects scholarship, classroom practice, and service by focusing on four themes directly related to the education of girls worldwide, including (1) access and equity, (2) public health, (3) education in emergencies, and (4) empowerment.
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Tinker, Make & Learn builds upon the experiential approach to learning through a blended model. The course delves into activity-based strategies that will help empower educators from every discipline to employ making as a powerful catalyst for building skills and understanding.
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So visit Canvas Network today and enroll in courses that will help you create, build, make, and do what you do even better.

– Canvas Network

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