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Apologies to those of you who have read a very similar post in another course.

As we finish EDCI335, it is worth thinking about where we started and where we are now.

We began the course way back in May (it seems like forever has passed in this weird, time-warped world) with a set of goals listed on the syllabus:

  • Identify prominent learning theories (behaviourism, constructivism, connectivism, etc.)
  • Compare various learning design approaches (inquiry, project-based, etc.)
  • Understand the components of learning design (Learning Objectives, activities, assessment, resources)
  • Identify components of assessment, including reliability, validity, assessment types, and taxonomies
  • Identify strategies to accommodate diverse learners and apply them to learning designs
  • Construct and identify well aligned learning design strategies
  • Identify various theoretical/design models appropriate for the learning context
  • Identify and evaluate various digital, networked, and open technologies and understand how they impact the learners and the learning process
  • Develop an interactive learning resource supported by current research

Over the last 13 weeks, we have systematically covered each one of these outcomes (you can check the topics we covered), and you have worked together in learning pods to provide cooperative and individual ways for each of you to demonstrate your learning.

I got you started organizing yourselves into learning pods knowing that in an online course, during a pandemic, there is no good way for you to interact with each other if it is a whole group conversation. There is no way to follow the posts of up to 44 other learners and also do the work of making sense of it all for your context. Furthermore, and to pull back the curtain a bit, there is no good way for me to provide meaningful feedback to each one of you. It usually takes 10-12 or so hours of my time to fairly assess 30 blog posts and to provide feedback, and that is in addition to teaching 2 other courses and my day-job work.

I write that not to complain, because I do enjoy teaching this course very much, but to show that it would be impossible for me to keep up with the workload if I were assessing everything on my own.

This is why the learning pods are so important in this course. The learning pods are where you are able to discuss issues among yourselves and bring me in as needed, which many of you did. We were also able to use the learning pods to provide feedback and discuss your grade on the blueprint. This was a very intentional choice that allowed me to learn about your work in a richer context. Many of you were able to clarify things for me that I was initially confused about, and your grades improved as a result.

I hope this has modelled for you a course structure that, as a student in another course mentioned in her post

amplif[ies] the perspective and voice of students

If you are going to have a voice, then I need to step back and get out of your way. What I have seen so far in your posts and in your interactive learning resources is a group of learners who are engaged and interested in the topics and who have excellent ideas about learning design. I really am proud of the work YOU have done, and I think you should be too.

It may have felt a bit isolated in this asynchronous environment, but the course is structured specifically to reduce that through the learning pods and opening up the course to the web, where there is a vibrant and rich community of people at all stages of their journey with learning design. I trust that your learning pods were a microcosm of that community.

For some of you, my feedback on your work has led to you revising and resubmitting, and this has meant that you have been able to engage in the process of learning, and that is very good. Others of you didn't need this opportunity, and that is entirely expected. I'm grateful for all of your work.

Wrapping up

As you finish the requirements of this course (and maybe other courses too), here are some final tips based on questions that have come in in the last few days.

you need to have completed all four individual posts and published them on your own blog under the category edci335.
choose ONE of those posts for me to assess as part of your portfolio. You MAY choose to revise and expand your post, but you are not required to do this. Expanding on your post might include finding another scholarly, peer-reviewed article or two on the topic from the library, or maybe engaging with the community on Twitter about the topic, and then revising your post to include a broader perspective. Please don't exceed 500-700 words. If you have already published your final post, you can continue editing it...I will never know.
make sure there is a link to your pod's interactive learning resource in the menu of your own site, and that there are links to your individual sites on your interactive learning resource site.
The rubric that I use for grading is published in the course syllabus, on the last page. For a more visual representation, please see this page.

The official course end date is Friday, July 31, and grade are due August 4, so please make every effort to ensure your work is complete by July 31 (end of day Pacific time), but let me know if you will be prevented from doing so.

July 13 - 31

Things completed...

4 blog posts responding to the writing prompts. Note that you must complete all 4 posts! I will be checking, and will ask that you complete them all if you haven't yet done so.
1 Peer review post.
Draft of your pod's Interactive Learning Resource.

Things to do...

Choose one of your 4 posts that you would like me to assess for 15% of your grade. Feel free to polish it up in alignment with feedback you get from your learning pod. To ensure that I can find this post, please add the category showcase to this one post.
Add the category peer-review to your peer review post so that I can easily find it for assessment. (15% of your final grade)
Work with your learning pod to polish and revise your Interactive Learning Resource. You should submit a completed learning resource on a stand-alone website that each of your pod members have access to. You are encouraged to consult with me if you have questions. Each pod member should publish a post on their own site with a link to the learning resource and add a menu item with a link to the resource. (50% of your final grade)
To ensure that I can find your final posts and assignments, please create a menu item with the following sub-items:

  • top item should be a blank custom link (enter a # in the URL field) with the label Assessments.
    • sub-item 1 should be your blueprint (if it is on the web)
    • sub-item 2 should be your showcase post
    • sub-item 3 should be your peer review post
    • sub-item 4 should be a link to your pod's interactive learning resource

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July 13 - 31

Things completed...

4 blog posts responding to the writing prompts. Note that you must complete all 4 posts! I will be checking, and will ask that you complete them all if you haven't yet done so.
1 Peer review post.
Draft of your pod's Interactive Learning Resource.

Things to do...

Choose one of your 4 posts that you would like me to assess for 15% of your grade. Feel free to polish it up in alignment with feedback you get from your learning pod. To ensure that I can find this post, please add the category showcase to this one post.
Add the category peer-review to your peer review post so that I can easily find it for assessment. (15% of your final grade)
Work with your learning pod to polish and revise your Interactive Learning Resource. You should submit a completed learning resource on a stand-alone website that each of your pod members have access to. You are encouraged to consult with me if you have questions. Each pod member should publish a post on their own site with a link to the learning resource and add a menu item with a link to the resource. (50% of your final grade)
To ensure that I can find your final posts and assignments, please create a menu item with the following sub-items:

  • top item should be a blank custom link (enter a # in the URL field) with the label Assessments.
    • sub-item 1 should be your blueprint (if it is on the web)
    • sub-item 2 should be your showcase post
    • sub-item 3 should be your peer review post
    • sub-item 4 should be a link to your pod's interactive learning resource

Good morning everyone!

We are through all of the new content ideas that we are going to talk about in EDCI 335 and have only a few activities to wrap up, as above.

These last three weeks are your opportunity to ensure that you have everything completed and polished for assessment.

I will be working through your peer review posts over the next week or so and am available for consultation if you have questions about your final version of your learning resource.

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June 29 - July 5

Things to do this week...

Read the following posts, in order: Starting to think about technology and learning, Platforms for learning, Promises and perils of technology and Social media.
Check to make sure you have published responses for each of the four prompts in the course so far.
Complete the first draft of your interactive learning resource with your learning pod.

Your interactive learning resource DRAFT is due Sunday, July 5. The draft should be substantially completed by then so that another learning pod can provide a peer review.

Good morning everyone, we really are in the critical part of EDCI 335. This week, I've assigned some reading about educational technology that should inform your decisions about what technologies to employ in your interactive learning resource. I hope that in these times of unrest and xenophobia, you will consider the impact of technology on society. I think it is clear that technologies have the power to both unite us and to divide us, sometimes even within the same app. TikTok is a relevant example, where teens and K-Pop fans are uniting to make life difficult for the current resident of the White House....

...yet TikTok is an absolute garbage fire of invasive surveillance technologies.

Just like we need to be thoughtful about how we use technology in our personal lives, we need to be even more thoughtful about how we use technology in contexts where the people we are interacting with may be far more negatively impacted than we might be ourselves.

Your primary task this week is to get your interactive learning resource into a coherent draft. You don't need to be entirely finished, but you should have completed enough so that others in the class can provide peer reviews of your draft.

You must ensure that you make it clear in your interactive learning resource that you understand the concepts we have learned about during the course. That means you must use the terminology that we have talked about from the very beginning of the course. You can think of the interactive learning resource as a comprehensive final exam. Everything in the course has been leading us to this point and you will need to show me, the class, and the world that you have met the objectives listed in the outline.

It is important that you have this work completed by the end of the day on Sunday, July 5. There will still be much to accomplish in the last few weeks of the course and your colleagues need enough time to review your resource, provide feedback, then take the feedback that they receive from you and incorporate it (as appropriate) into their own resources before final submission at the end of the course.

As always, feel free to be in touch and set up a group meeting with your pod if you have questions.

Take care and stay safe!

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June 22-28

Things to do this week...

Read the following posts, in order: Interaction, Our Need to Interact (including the required reading in Teaching in a Digital Age ), Assessing Interaction.

Complete this week's prompt on Interaction and publish your fourth required post on your blog.

Begin or continue working on your interactive learning resource with your learning pod.

Your interactive learning resource DRAFT is due Sunday, July 5. The draft should be substantially completed by then so that another learning pod can provide a peer review.

Summer is here, and I hope you are able to get some beach time in a socially distanced way, kinda like the guy in the header pic who looks white, but is going to be real red by the end of the day...

Good morning (or afternoon or whatever...) everyone! I trust you all had a good weekend and are ready for another week! My weekend was pretty busy, but I'm pleased to report that my tomato plants are flowering, as are the peppers, so it seems likely that I'll be able to make my salsa despite all the rain in the last couple weeks. Also, I finally set a personal record running 5k with an average pace of 5:00/km, so I'm pretty pleased with that.

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But, enough of that...we've still got work to do. We are well into the back half of EDCI335 and the remainder of the course will likely go very quickly. We have 3 more units where new content will be introduced and discussed followed by a couple weeks for you all to focus on your interactive learning resource assignments, including a peer review activity.

So far, you should have completed the following...

You should know that I mean it when I say that I am grateful for your work in this course. Your blueprints were very well done and it was a pleasure speaking with each of you over the last week about your thoughts on the assignment and to meet many of you for the first time. As I mentioned to each of you, if you have any questions of concerns about the course, or if you are having particular challenges (whether COVID-19 related or not), please let me know. There are many ways we can work together to ensure your success in the course.

This week, we are going to think about interaction and how to design for it in your interactive learning resource. Obviously, interactivity should be front-and-centre in a project called 'interactive learning resource'!

Your list of tasks for the week is at the top of this page and also on the Schedule page on the course site.

As always, please let me know if you have questions!

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There is no 'new' content this week, so you can consider this a bit of a catch-up week if you have things you have missed so far. Check out the schedule to ensure that you have completed all of the required items.

The most important thing, though, is to book a time for your learning pod to meet with me to discuss your blueprint. During this meeting, you will have an opportunity to walk me through your blueprint to make sure I understand what you have written. I hope these meetings will be affirming for you and your work and that we will have a friendly conversation about what you have done and how I can help you to improve. I will also work with you to make sure you know how to proceed with the Interactive Learning Resource assignment and address any questions that you may have.

Feel free to brew a cup of tea or coffee (or whatever you prefer), and find a comfortable spot, free from distractions (not a coffee shop).

Looking forward to speaking with you all!

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I'm reading through your posts from the last couple week's activities and would like to thank you for your work in preparing these! It is clear to me that you are finding good resources and are synthesizing the information well. By way of general feedback as you look towards your interactive learning resource in the next few weeks:

  • make sure you provide credit, usually in the form of a linked citation, if you use someone else's idea. It doesn't matter so much whether you use APA, MLA, Chicago, or another citation format, but please be consistent. I've noticed that a few of you have used APA, but are referencing the author's first names, rather than their family name. I know that there are differences between how people are addressed in different cultures, so please don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure. For good examples, see Yiyan's post here, and Cc's post here.
    • You might want to consider using a citation manager, like Zotero (which is free and open source!) to help with proper formatting.
  • when you publish a blog post, use more paragraphs than you would normally. It can be difficult to read online with very little white space.
  • It is a good idea to use Wikipedia, and any encyclopedia, carefully. The information there is generally very accurate and extremely well documented. However, in higher ed, it is suggested that you use encyclopedias as a starting place to find other resources. You will notice that most articles have a list of links to references at the bottom. Use these links to broaden your search, and cite those articles.
    • If you don't find an article you are looking for in Wikipedia, you can always start one!
    • Check out the 'Talk' pages on Wikipedia articles to see how much work goes into verifying the contents of the article.
    • Controversial topics can sometimes be especially challenging to sort through.
  • Please make sure that you continue to interact with your learning pod and others in the course by responding to their posts with posts on your own blog that link back to theirs. SC is doing a great job of this!
    • You can also feel free to link to posts in the other section of EDCI335.

Thank you again fro all your work! Keep in mind that you MUST publish five posts throughout this course, but only one will be submitted for formal assessment.

June 8 - 14

Things to do this week...

Read this week's posts in the following order - Assessing Learning, Feedback, and Reliability and Validity.
Finalize and submit your blueprint.
Your blueprint is due June 14.

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June 8 - 14

Things to do this week...

Read this week's posts in the following order - Assessing Learning, Feedback, and Reliability and Validity.
Finalize and submit your blueprint.
Your blueprint is due June 14.

I trust you all had a good week! I spent most of my time in a campground in my hometown of Clearwater, BC. North Thompson Provincial Park is at the confluence of the Clearwater and North Thompson Rivers, an area that was used by Indigenous People for thousands of years. Visitors to the park can still see the remains of the pit houses or 'kekuli' that people used for shelter. In the picture below, you can see the muddier North Thompson River at the top and the greener Clearwater River at the bottom.

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At any rate, you all continued with your work (I have a lot to catch up on!) and I'm grateful for that, as well as the few questions I got over the week. I believe I responded to everyone yesterday, but please let me know if you still have questions.

Keep in mind that we have adjusted our schedule a little bit and switched the unit on inclusion with assessment, so the order of the units in the menu no longer aligns with our progress.

The next two weeks will be spent reading and thinking about assessment and you working to finish your Blueprints, which are due on Sunday, June 14. The blueprint assignment is the planning stage for the Interactive Learning Resource assignment and it must be submitted before the Interactive Learning Resource. The purpose of the blueprint is to get you to think through the implications of some of the decisions that you will make with respect to the learning resource. For example, if you decide that you will be writing the learning resource for an audience of K-12 learners, you will take a different approach than if you were writing it for a group of corporate executives.

The blueprint will allow you to see clearly how your outcomes are aligned with your assessments and also how the learning activities will help learners succeed on the assessments.

If you have questions about your work on the blueprint, please let me know as soon as possible and we can arrange to meet to discuss ways forward.

There isn't a post that you need to compose during this unit, but we have provided some resources on the course site to help you learn and think about how to assess learning. You should ensure that the ideas in this unit on assessment are visible in your blueprint and also later in your learning resource.

Please keep in touch if you have questions!

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Week 5

1st Jun 2020

June 1 - 7

Things to do this week...

Read this week's posts in the following order - National #AccessAbility Week, Universal Design, and then Inclusive Learning Design.
Follow the hastag #AccessAbility on Twitter and engage in the conversation as you are comfortable.
Collaborate on a Padlet to generate ideas for adapting learning resources.
Publish a blog post about one of the prompts for this week.
Continue drafting your blueprint.
Your blueprint is due June 14.

Good morning everyone!

Thank you for your work last week! It has been good to see your posts come in! Just a reminder that I will be out of town for this week and today may be that last day I have access to the internet until Friday, June 5.

You will likely notice that we have wandered a bit from the published schedule on the syllabus, and this week is even more of a deviation to allow us to acknowledge that this is #AccessAbility Week in Canada, where we are intentional about planning for inclusion.

We hope you will be able to follow the Twitter hashtag throughout the week!

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Hello everyone!

I hope it is as sunny where you are as it has been here in Richmond! Each morning, when I do most of my reading and writing for EDCI 335, I have a great view of this tree just outside my window.

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It blooms quite late in the spring and it very colourful in the morning sun, but I don't know what kind of tree it is...here is a closer view.

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Anyways, we are coming to the end of week 4 of the course and I am grateful for the work you are doing! I have read everyone's first post on the various learning theories discussed and also left comments using hypothes.is. Each of you should have received an email with instructions for accessing those comments in the private group that I created. Only you and i can see the comments in those groups.

You should be well on your way to completing your second post for the course and working with your Learning Pod to begin drafting your first graded assignment, the learning design blueprint. The blueprint is due on June 14, so you still have lots of time to work on it, but keep in mind that everything takes longer to accomplish when you are working online and remotely, especially if you are working across several time-zones.

As a reminder, I am not grading all of your posts, but you must complete them all. At the end of the course, you will choose one of your posts which you will polish and revise for submission for a grade, but you must have completed all five posts.

Many of you have started to include links to each others' posts, and that is excellent. You should notice on your own blog, that those mentions are tracked and you will receive a notification that you have a comment with a link to the other post. Please sign into your site and approve those comments so that they are visible on the front end of your site. That will help us build a networked community of learning as we progress through the course.

I will be out of town next week, and my access to the web will be limited. For a few days (Tuesday-Thursday or Friday), I will be camping with my wife as we celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. During those few days, I will not have access to the web, so you may not hear from me.

Here is a Twitter thread about me feeling old.

Colin Madland on Twitter

I will publish a post Monday morning, as usual, then will be able to check back in Friday or Saturday. Please work with your Learning Pods to answer any questions you might have.

As a reminder, here are your tasks for this week. I look forward to reading your second posts!

May 25 - 31

Things to do this week...

Read the prompt for this week.
Investigate an approach to learning.
Publish a blog post about the approach to learning that you investigated. Feel free to consult with learners from other pods writing about the same topic.
Decide on a learning approach for your interactive learning resource.
Begin drafting your blueprint.
Your blueprint is due June 14.

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Week 4

25th May 2020

May 25 - 31

Things to do this week...

Read the prompt for this week.
Investigate an approach to learning.
Publish a blog post about the approach to learning that you investigated. Feel free to consult with learners from other pods writing about the same topic.
Decide on a learning approach for your interactive learning resource.
Begin drafting your blueprint.
Your blueprint is due June 14.

Good morning everyone!

This week is a work week! We are going to use a cooperative learning structure called 'Jigsaw' to organize your work. Details are in the prompt for Learning Design II.

The basic process is that you will meet with your learning pod, divide up the topics for the week and decide who will write on what, then each member of your pod will connect with learners from other pods to investigate and write posts about their particular topic. Then, you will reconvene as a learning pod to discuss the best approach to take for your blueprint and interactive learning resource.

It is important that each pod member is prepared to report to the pod (through their own post) about the characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of the topic that they investigate. Each pod member should come with a recommendation about the suitability of their topic for addressing the pod's learning resource.

If you do not yet have a learning pod, please contact me as soon as possible!

You are encouraged to contact me as a learning pod, or as a jigsaw group if you have questions or concerns about the process or the topic.


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In a class this size, it is very difficult for me to provide individualized feedback on your posts. Your learning pods are your primary source of interaction. However, if you have a specific question, please let me know. One of the best parts of teaching is meeting with learners one-on-one or in small groups where the conversation can be more natural. That said, I do like to highlight some of your posts, as below...

In reading through your posts from the last couple of weeks, I'm encouraged by your thoughtfulness in writing. Thank you for your work in connecting the subject matter of this course with your past experiences. I think we have all, like Millie, experienced the rush of dopamine that comes with being rewarded with a sticker for our work. Even better if it was a scratch and sniff sticker that smelled like pizza! Behaviourism is a very powerful idea, and I know that even university learners have been known to be highly motivated by smelly stickers. In fact, there is a large project in education to explore the use of digital badges (stickers you can put on your website, but we haven't figured out how to make them smelly) for motivating learners.

Hopefully, more of us have experienced the benefits of working on 'real-life' projects with actual clients, like Cyrus describes in his post. Motivation to learn can come from different sources, but using 'real-life' or what many educators call 'authentic' tasks, is one way to move from extrinsic motivators (like smelly stickers), to intrinsic motivators (like wanting to make a real contribution). Also, Trinh's post is a really good example of a learner being intentional about their approach to learning. Next week, we'll talk about the difference between deep and surface approaches to learning, and Trinh's post provides a first-hand account of how she changed from a surface approach to a deep approach to learning.

One final post I'll mention for today is CC's post where they describe one of their favourite learning experiences. CC's story is a good one as it can remind us all that learning is complex and it isn't always the case that a single learning theory can provide the basis for all learning contexts. While digital learning environments tend to lean towards constructivism, that doesn't mean constructivism is the only way.

Thanks again for all your work! Watch for a new post tomorrow morning (probably by 9am Pacific time).

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Thank you all for your work getting going over the last few weeks. Now that the add/drop with 100% refund has passed, it seems that the course list will be a little less lively. For those of you who are just joining us, please let me know if you need assistance with getting started and setting up your blog. I think there are just a couple of you who haven't sent me your blog URL, but you just joined yesterday, so that is understandable!

I want you all to know that, while this course has been designed specifically with online interaction in mind, I recognize that many of you have experienced more than normal turmoil and stress as a result of COVID-19. If you are having difficulty keeping up with the pace of the course, or finding time to complete your work, please let me know as soon as possible.

As I mentioned previously, you will never lose marks for missing a due date. I suggest timelines to help you organize your work, but I am under no pretenses that those dates are actual deadlines. All I ask is that you be in contact with me and with your learning pod. There are supports listed on the syllabus if you need assistance with writing, technology, or whatever you think you might need.

I would love to meet with you and your learning pod and encourage you to contact me with a few times that would work for us to meet in Zoom to talk about the course, your assignments, using WordPress, or any of the other technologies that are available to you.

One tool that might make it easier to follow the course is a feed reader. We suggest you use feedly.com and we have published a post outlining how to get started there. You can not only follow my feed (clicking that link will likely take you to a page of code that doesn't look very meaningful, but if you enter it into Feedly, it will show you my list of posts.)

You can also follow my updates directly through the course site, and the feed of the whole course.

And since it's #ThrowBackThursday, here's a snap of me in 1979 eating a sandwich on Raft Mountain in Clearwater, BC.

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And here is my son in almost the same spot 40 years later.

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Here's a reminder of what you should be working on this week. I'll be reading through your posts over the next few days.

May 19-22

Wednesday, May 20 is the last day to drop a course with 100% refund.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you are not yet in a Learning Pod.
Read the What is Learning post on the course blog. Suggested timeline - Tuesday, May 19
Read the post 'Designing Learning' and follow the instructions to set up and use hypothes.is. Suggested timeline - Thursday, May 21
Read the post Planning Frameworks Suggested timeline - Friday, May 22
Read the posts Learning Outcomes and Constructive Alignment Suggested timeline - Friday, May 22
There is no assigned blog post this week.
Meet with your learning pod to begin mapping out your topic and drafting your learning outcomes for your Learning Design Blueprint and Interactive Learning Resource

See you in hypothes.is!

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Week 3

19th May 2020

Hello everyone!

We have a busy week this week with a little more reading than last week, one fewer days, but no blog post due.

This week, we introduce the idea of a planning framework to help guide you through the complex process of designing an effective learning resource. We also introduce an interactive tool called hypothes.is that we have used to annotate a chapter of the textbook with questions and comments. Please feel free, if you are comfortable doing so in public, to enter your own comments and questions and have a conversation about the chapter. Who knows, maybe the author will notice...

Learning Pods

If you haven't done so yet, PLEASE make sure you are signed up for a learning pod! In a class this size, with no scheduled meeting times, it will be very difficult for you to interact with many people, so the learning pods will be where you go for connection with others in the course.

If you and your pod would like to meet with me to discuss anything to do with the class, please let me know and we can set up a time to do so.

May 19-22

Wednesday, May 20 is the last day to drop a course with 100% refund.
Please contact me as soon as possible if you are not yet in a Learning Pod.
Read the What is Learning post on the course blog. Suggested timeline - Tuesday, May 19
Read the post 'Designing Learning' and follow the instructions to set up and use hypothes.is. Suggested timeline - Thursday, May 21
Read the post Planning Frameworks Suggested timeline - Friday, May 22
Read the posts Learning Outcomes and Constructive Alignment Suggested timeline - Friday, May 22
There is no assigned blog post this week.
Meet with your learning pod to begin mapping out your topic and drafting your learning outcomes for your Learning Design Blueprint and Interactive Learning Resource

See you in hypothes.is!

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Good morning! I'm writing this on Friday morning, May 15.

Remember to read through the A01 Blog Feed in the menu and begin to connect with some of your peers by linking to their posts.

A couple of you (Caroline and Roy) have published your first posts after your self-introductions, and I thank you for sharing your thoughts. Please make sure that you include links in your posts to your colleagues posts and also to the posts in the course so that other people can follow your thoughts. For example, I can link to my post from earlier in the week to remind you of some tips I gave for writing your posts.

The web is built for connections between people and ideas. Here is a resource you can use to find out about how to create a hyperlink in WordPress.

Remember to visit our Social Links page (the password is in the email I sent welcoming you to the course) and, if you are willing to consent to using services based in the US, sign up for Slack, which is a great way to get ahold of me for a quick answer about something. While you are on the Social Links page, make sure you are registered your name for a Learning Pod!

As this is a long weekend in Canada, I hope you are able to get a bit of extra rest. I will post details about the next topic on Tuesday morning, May 19.

I'm available by email, text, or Slack (details on the syllabus) if you have questions.

May 11-17

Things to do this week...

If you haven't already, complete the set up tasks from last week.
Read the Learning Theories post on the course blog. Suggested timeline: Tuesday, May 12
Read the post 'Why is Learning Hard?' and consider how learning design might be affected by a learner's bias or motivation. Suggested timeline: Wednesday, May 14
Read the post Motivation and Learning. Suggested timeline: Thursday, May 15
Respond to the blog prompt by Friday, May 15. Make sure you use the category edci335!
Meet with your learning pod to introduce yourselves and begin thinking about a topic for your Learning Design Blueprint and Interactive Learning Resource
In your learning pods, discuss your individual responses to the blog prompt for this unit.

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May 11-17

Things to do this week...

If you haven't already, complete the set up tasks from last week.
Read the Learning Theories post on the course blog. Suggested timeline: Tuesday, May 12
Read the post 'Why is Learning Hard?' and consider how learning design might be affected by a learner's bias or motivation. Suggested timeline: Wednesday, May 14
Read the post Motivation and Learning. Suggested timeline: Thursday, May 15
Respond to the blog prompt by Friday, May 15. Make sure you use the category edci335!
Meet with your learning pod to introduce yourselves and begin thinking about a topic for your Learning Design Blueprint and Interactive Learning Resource
In your learning pods, discuss your individual responses to the blog prompt for this unit.

Good morning from rainy Richmond!

I've been through each of your self-introduction posts and thoroughly enjoyed meeting you all. I encourage you to jump into the A01 Blog Feed in the menu and read about who else is in this section.

One of the great advantages of sharing your posts in public is that you are able to share with your family at home as well and also reach out to people who might be influencing you.

Future posts

Here are some things to keep in mind generally about using a blog for learning.

Make sure you link to your sources. Even if this isn't formal academic writing, it is still important to acknowledge where you get your ideas. The easiest way to do that is through an inline link. If you want to embed a link to a WordPress site, like on our Blog List page all you need to do is paste the link to the site on its own line, but do not create a hyperlink. It will embed automagically.
Remember to use the category edci335.
Read each other's posts and respond to them by including links in your own posts.
Confirm that your post is showing up on the A01 Blog Feed page. Keep in mind that it may take an hour or so to refresh.
Include an interesting image as the featured image on your post. You are also encouraged to use your own photos if you'd like.

Learning Pods

Many of you have signed up for a learning pod, but there are still several who have not. Please make sure that you do this as soon as possible. The learning pods are a critical component of the course design for EDCI335.

  • they are your best source of community and connection throughout the course;
  • they are your teammates for the major assignments;
  • they are your first source of assistance with questions about the course;
  • they are your peer reviewers for your blog posts...

I have created another column in the learning pod sign-up sheet to indicate students who have dropped the course, so you don't need to stress about tracking them down to confirm their participation.

Please meet with your learning pods as soon as possible! You can use any tool you would like, but Zoom is available for all UVic learners.

Learning Design Blueprint

As you know, your blueprints are due June 14. That may seem like a long time from now, but keep in mind that everything takes longer when you are working with a remote team. It is not too early to get started!

This is your first major assignment for the course and it is worth 20% of your final grade. It will be important for you to complete this assignment and submit it prior to submitting your major project, the Interactive Learning Resource. I encourage you to contact me with your questions! I'm here to help you succeed, and the sooner you get your questions answered, the better you will be able to plan your work.

Your blueprint is the planning stage for your learning resource, but don't worry about locking yourself in. Learning design is an iterative process and you will always be going back to adjust your plan as things change.

I'm available by email, text, or Slack (details on the syllabus) if you have questions.

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Week 2

11th May 2020

May 11-17

Things to do this week...

If you haven't already, complete the set up tasks from last week.
Read the Learning Theories post on the course blog. Suggested timeline: Tuesday, May 12
Read the post 'Why is Learning Hard?' and consider how learning design might be affected by a learner's bias or motivation. Suggested timeline: Wednesday, May 14
Read the post Motivation and Learning. Suggested timeline: Thursday, May 15
Respond to the blog prompt by Friday, May 15. Make sure you use the category edci335!
Meet with your learning pod to introduce yourselves and begin thinking about a topic for your Learning Design Blueprint and Interactive Learning Resource
In your learning pods, discuss your individual responses to the blog prompt for this unit.

The schedule above is a suggested timeline for this week, but please aim to have everything completed by the evening of Sunday, May 17.

Hi everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! I spent a good chunk of my weekend planting a garden for the first time in a few years, so that was nice. I'm hoping finally to be able to make a batch of salsa from my tomatoes and peppers.

Here's my Twitter post on the subject.

This week, we are going to dig into how people actually learn. You will watch a short, and hopefully entertaining, video about riding bicycles, read a chapter in one of the course texts, and, importantly, get started on your Learning Design Blueprint, which is due Sunday, June 14 and is worth 20% of your final grade.

The blueprint is a critical component of the course and also your work in the Interactive Learning Resource assignment, so that is why your blueprint must be submitted before you submit your Interactive Learning resource.

If you would like, we can schedule a time to meet in Zoom so you can ask your questions and get responses all at once rather than a bajillion emails.

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Just a couple updates for this first week!

Thank you to those who have registered for a blog site. Keep in mind that your blog privacy settings will determine whether or not your posts can be syndicated to the course site. See the page called 'Creating a Blog on the OpenETC' under the section 'Privacy Settings' for details.

Also, please get in the habit of using the category edci335 on each of your posts. Click here for instructions for creating categories and applying them to your posts. Let me know if you need assistance!

May 4 - 11

Things to do this week... Updated Monday, May the 4th (be with you).

Read the syllabus that will be emailed to you.
Read the welcome to the course.
Read the privacy, FIPPA, and consent tutorial.
Review the opened.ca Code of Conduct, then,
Sign up for a WordPress blog.
Complete the Learning Pathways survey by Friday, May 8.
Customize your blog.
Post a self-introduction to your blog.
Set up your RSS feeds.
Form your learning pods by Friday, May 8. The password was emailed to you.

Close this tab or window to return to the course site.

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Welcome

1st May 2020

May 4 - 11

Things to do this week... Updated Monday, May the 4th (be with you).

Read the syllabus that will be emailed to you.
Read the welcome to the course.
Read the privacy, FIPPA, and consent tutorial.
Review the opened.ca Code of Conduct, then,
Sign up for a WordPress blog.
Complete the Learning Pathways survey by Friday, May 8.
Customize your blog.
Post a self-introduction to your blog.
Set up your RSS feeds.
Form your learning pods by Friday, May 8. The password was emailed to you.

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