Google Hangout With Valerie Irvine

Today Valerie Irvine from the University of Victoria will be joining us for a live Google Hangout about the state of and future of learning technologies. It begins at 1 PM Saskatchewan time (3 PM Eastern). Tune in and tweet questions and and comments (hashtag #ilt_usask). If you can’t make it to the live broadcast, the recording will be at the same link.

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It’s Already Week 12

Welcome to Week 12 everyone. I can’t believe we’re almost done.

I want to remind everyone that since this is an open course, the materials will remain on the site for the foreseeable future.

Here are the usual links.

Tomorrow, April 8 at 1 PM Saskatchewan time (12 PM Vancouver / California time and 3 PM Toronto / New York time) I’ll be chatting with Valerie Irvine from the University of Victoria about where learning technologies are going. A link will be sent out and shared on the course site a few hours before the session begins. A recording of the session will be available at the same link once the Hangout ends. Send questions for Valerie during the hangout  via Twitter using the hashtag #ilt_usask. You may also email me questions ahead of time.

The class officially ends on April 15. On April 16 I’ll be sending out an email with a link to an online course evaluation and would be most grateful if you would complete it. In addition, there will be a request for volunteers for some interviews to help us evaluate the course. I will not be the one conducting them.

What You Need to Do This Week

  • Write and add your blog post for the week. This week is a free week, but I’ve suggested a possible topic if you’re looking for one. See Week 11 under Activities for more information.
  • Comment on the blogs of some of your classmate
  • There is a video of a keynote Valerie gave at a conference held at the University of Saskatchewan. It’s about 90 minutes long, but very interesting. You have no other readings or videos to watch this week (other than the Google Hangout) so if you have the time, I do recommend watching this.

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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Google Hangout About ePortfolios With Brad Wuetherick

Today Brad Wuetherick from Dalhousie will be joining us for a live Google Hangout about ePortfolios. It begins at 12 noon Saskatchewan time (2 PM Eastern). Tune in and tweet questions and comments (hashtag #ilt_usask). If you can’t make it to the live broadcast, the recording will be at the same link.

UPDATE: Brad has some slides that you may wish to check out prior to the start of the Hangout – https://www.academia.edu/6614288/The_Case_for_ePortfolios_-_for_USask_TOOC_on_Learning_Technologies

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Welcome to Week 11

Happy Monday and welcome to Week 11 of Introduction to Learning Technologies.

We have two Google Hangouts approaching:

NOTE – the times I gave last week were wrong. These are the correct ones.

  • Tomorrow, Tuesday April 1 – The second Google Hangout of the class will be starting at 12 PM (noon) Saskatchewan time. This will be a conversation with Brad Weutherick from Dalhousie University about ePortfolios. A link will be sent out and shared on the course site shortly before the session begins. A recording of the session will be available at that same link once the Hangout ends.
  • Tuesday April 8 – The third and final Google Hangout of the class will be starting at 1 PM Saskatchewan time. This will be a conversation with Valerie Irvine from the University of Victoria about the future of learning technologies.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the videos in Week 11 – ePortfolios
  2. Write and add your blog post for the week. This week is a free week, but I’ve suggested a possible topic if you’re looking for one. See Week 11 under Activities for more information.
  3. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmate

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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It’s Already Week 10

It’s Week 10 of Introduction of Learning Technologies!

Here is the usual list of links that I include for your reference:

There are a number of important dates coming up that I want to draw to your attention:

  • Thursday March 27 -  We’re having a Twitter chat this Thursday where we’ll be discussing the question “How do open online courses in general (not just this one) grow / enhance your personal learning network.” See this video from Week 1 for a refresher on PLNs - http://youtu.be/KJKdwfEi_7A. I’ll be monitoring the tweets for this throughout the day, but I will specifically be engaged in the conversation from 1-3 PM Saskatchewan time. Be sure to use the course hashtag #ilt_usask for any tweets that you send related to the course (during the chat or any other time).
  • Friday March 28 - Media projects due. Details about the project are on the course site - http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/assignments/media-project/
  • Tuesday April 1 - The second Google Hangout of the class will be starting at 1 PM Saskatchewan time. This will be a conversation with Brad Weutherick from Dalhousie University about ePortfolios. A link will be sent out and shared on the course site shortly before the session begins. A recording of the session will be available at that same link once the Hangout ends.
  • Tuesday April 8 - The third and final Google Hangout of the class will be starting at 12 PM (noon) Saskatchewan time. This will be a conversation with Valerie Irvine from the University of Victoria about the future of learning technologies.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the videos in Week 10 – Wikis, Digital Literacy and AUPs
  2. Write and add your blog post for the week. This week you should add your media project to your blog and include a reflection on the process. See Week 10 under Activities for more information.
  3. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmate

 

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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Welcome to Week 9

Welcome to Week 9! There are only four more weeks after this.

Here is the usual list of links that I include for your reference:

Given that your media projects are due on March 28, you get this week off of new material to work on those projects and catch up in the course.

You do need to still write a blog post this week. It is a “free” week so write about whatever you wish related to education.

Remember, if you tweet anything related to this course, please use the hashtag (#ilt_usask).

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Write and add your blog post for the week. This week is a free week so write about whatever you want related to education.
  2. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmates.
  3. Keep working (or start working) on your media project which is due Friday March 28.

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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Adding Categories to Your Blog

I’ve noticed a number of people don’t have any “categories” for their blog posts. You should have something to indicate what area your post might fall under such as technology, assessment, reflection, etc. I’ve created this short tutorial on how to add “categories” to your WordPress blogs.

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Week 7 and We’re More Than Half-way Done

Good morning and welcome to Week 7 of Introduction to Learning Technologies. We are now more than half-way through the class.

Here is the usual list of links that I include for your reference:

I’m happy to note that quite a few of you seem to be actively blogging for this course and I’ve received some wonderful emails about from participants about their experiences so far. If you have any feedback about the course thus far, I would love to hear from you by email Twitter, Facebook or Google.

This week we’re looking at social bookmarking and Evernote, which is one of the must-have tools in my tool box.

Make sure that you are blogging about the assigned topics. While there are a lot of weeks that are “free”, some are not.

Please, please, if you are tweeting about the course, use the hashtag – #ilt_usask.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the videos in Week 7 – Social Bookmarking and Evernote
  2. Write and add your blog post for the week. This week is another “free” week (read more about what that means in Week 7 under Activities).
  3. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmates
  4. If you haven’t already done so, add your blog (and Twitter account if you have one) to the list of course blogs - http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/

Reminder: If you are receiving these emails then there are no face-to-face sessions.

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

If you are no longer interested in taking this class at this time, please let me know so that I can remove you from this mailing list.

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Welcome Back and Welcome to Week 6

Last week was Reading Week at the University of Saskatchewan so there was no new content covered in this class.

Here is the usual list of links that I include for your reference:

As I write this, there are 310 people registered in the open course and 82 people have listed their blogs and / or Twitter handles on the list. This includes some of the people in the blended cohort. If you blogging for this class, and haven’t already done so, please add your information to the list (http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/)

This afternoon I’m meeting with some people in the open course who are in Saskatoon (an invitation was sent out by email). I understand that there have been or are some gatherings planned elsewhere, which I mentioned in the last email. If you know about any of these, please let me know about it.

If you have any feedback about the course thus far, I would love to hear from you by email Twitter, Facebook or Google.

Your collaborative papers should be done by the end of this week. If you’re doing this in the open course you are not required to share them with me, but if you would like to contact me and I’ll explain how to do this.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the videos in Week 6 – Podcasts and Screencasts
  2. Write and add your blog post for the week. This week is a “free” week (read more about what that means in Week 6 under Activities.
  3. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmates
  4. If you haven’t already done so, add your blog (and Twitter account if you have one) to the list of course blogs - http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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Week 4 and I Chat With John Boyer

Hello everyone and welcome to Week 4.

I had a great conversation with our first guest speaker, John Boyer, this morning via Google Hangouts. You can watch the recording of the session here:

Here is the usual list of links that I include for your reference:

Don’t forget to list your blog so that others can read what you have to say. You can add your blog to the list here - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gdFkXqZgNLpD-2YCNb-wrgkcbly8FUsfGUPVzJgvQD4/viewform

Ryan Banow created that great Google Hangouts video, but Google seems to have made changes to the service again. We will try to get another one made in the coming weeks.

There have been some face-to-face meetings happening or are planned to happen at various institutions for those in this course. If you are meeting up with others in this class in formal or informal ways, please let me know.

If you have any feedback about the course thus far, I would love to hear from you by email Twitter, Facebook or Google.

Next week is reading week at the University of Saskatchewan so there will be no new content covered for this course, not will I be sending out my weekly email on Monday. Have a great week off.

What You Need to Do This Week

  1. Complete the readings and watch the video in Week 4 – Skype and Google Hangouts
  2. Write and add your blog post reflecting on the conversation that I had with John Boyer
  3. Comment on the blogs of some of your classmates
  4. If you haven’t already done so, add your blog (and Twitter account if you have one) to the list of course blogs - http://words.usask.ca/learning-tech/participants-blogs-and-twitter-accounts/

If you have any problems with links, videos or tools, or have any comments or questions, please contact me by email or Twitter (@mctoonish).

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