Facilitatior or Teacher?? (Part One)

The debate still unresolved. Probably won’t ever be. From Leigh: As I teach and facilitate various online courses this year, a lot of the theories and concepts I subscribe to are getting some hard testing. The biggest challenge I am finding is the expectation for a teacher or instructor while everyone talks about a facilitator. Read More …

End of Long Dark Tunnel

Basically, I can now look ahead. Our UCTL integration is complete (except that they are thinking of moving our new buddies at the Learning Skills Centre further away and out of the middle of Campus), we have a website (nearly releaseable), the LMS review committee is moving along, we have a wiki to play with, Read More …

Catching up with the crowd: Networks & Communities

I even took part in the event last year ::FLNW:: but I had not really taken part in the Network vs Community vs Group conversations. Didn’t feel the need. Didn’t see the point. I think I will need to face this soon however. SO: Marshalling some references. Social Networks vs Online Communities. David Coleman Often Read More …

Final e-fest event: Conversation on Learning Communities (Eva and John)

= Finished my final workshop here this morning. Whew. Tried a new structure, which I found very very relaxing: Needed to get the learning theory down to the basics for CoP thinking. Used several mini presentations just like some of the Youtube videos: images to support a long quote. I packaged all the educational theory Read More …

Leadership and Teachers

I think a Professional Leadership Community approach has a lot to offer. But what do we need leadership in teaching for? Brian Lord and Barbara Miller have this to say: At present, we do not know enough about teacher leadership to make bold claims for its effectiveness in helping reforms go to scale or improving Read More …

Enterprise 2.0

Here is an abstract for an MIT Sloan Management Review article. Blogs, wikis + IM are dubbed “Enterprise 2.0” There is a new wave of business communication tools including blogs, wikis and group messaging software — which the author has dubbed, collectively, Enterprise 2.0 — that allow for more spontaneous, knowledge-based collaboration. These new tools, Read More …

Learned Optmism

Martin Seligman is The formal site for Positive psychlogy: www.ppc.sas.upenn.edu/ The ‘popular’ site: www.authentichappiness.sas.upenn.edu/ Peter Cammock speaks very highly of Martins work last year. I’ve just been reading some more of Learned Optmism. In my opinion this is more than just cheap pop psychlogy. Today’s little gem (liberally interpreted by me). Think of the context Read More …