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Archive for March 2007

Skydive to School

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A new means of getting to campus….

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March 22, 2007 at 3:29 pm

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Falling Down

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So today I’m feeling like Michael Douglas in Falling Down, minus the weapons… but who knows, maybe I’ll meet a Nazi gun dealer and find myself a missile launcher. Anyhoo, I’ve been falling down, literally. Yesterday evening I took a face plant after tripping on a small, inconspicuous twig – I stumbled, trying to regain balance, alas, I was destined to fall. My glasses slipped off and fell to the ground – not broken, but thoroughly scuffed – enough to drive me nuts when sitting in front of a computer – which is all day. But just so I get the message, destiny has it that I’m going to slip’n’slide my way down a hill this morning – covering myself in mud and grass. If it weren’t for having to catch the bus and get to the office for a meeting, maybe I would’ve gone for another trip down the hill… but that would be too much fun. So a quick change of clothes and then a change of route to catch the next bus. Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Oh, and now it’s raining… and I’m without umbrella. Not a good day. Why this is blog worthy I don’t know… but it feels good to get it off my chest.

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March 22, 2007 at 12:25 pm

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Elluminate Joins the Blogosphere

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Looks like Elluminate has begun a blog – and it’s hosted here on Edublogs to boot. Check it out.

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March 15, 2007 at 12:45 pm

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Clickers in Teaching Biology

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Via a colleague, I just heard of a clicker seminar being held in June by the Canadian Council of University Biology Chairs:

The purpose of this session is to introduce attendees to different ways that colleagues have and are adopting clickers to teaching science in general and biology in particular. One goal is to give people who have worked with clickers a chance to trade ideas, experiences and best practises (not to mention avoiding the worst ones). A second goal is to give those who are thinking of taking this approach to teaching some indications of how one might proceed. A third goal is to establish a network of people using clickers in teaching biology to provide a forum for exchanging ideas.

For more info, please see Clickers in Teaching Biology, June 4th 2007

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March 15, 2007 at 10:15 am

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Resourceful Wikis

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I’ve previously posted about McGill’s Instructional Scenarios Wiki, but it deserved another link – it’s focused on WebCT Vista, but good nonetheless. And this morning, via the blogosphere, I discovered the University of Manitoba’s New Technologies for Teaching and Learning wiki. Great stuff!

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March 14, 2007 at 8:44 am

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kill -9 by Monzy

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I know, I know – yet another YouTube clip. But this one isn’t music, well, it is music… but it’s about technology, so it falls within the scope of this blog? I don’t care, it’s so good I just have to share it!

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March 8, 2007 at 12:19 pm

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Extending WebCT with Turnitin, Publisher Content, and Emerging Technologies

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I’ve been meaning to post this for a loooooong while, but always forget. Below is a recording of a session I co-presented last spring (May 2006) about extending WebCT. When we initially put together the session, we were expecting to provide more coverage for blogs/wikis/web 2.0, but as it turns out, you can only fit so much content into an hour… lesson learned. I can only listen to the first 2 minutes because after that, I cringe at the sound of my own voice… and my laugh…. and my comments… and I’m learning why some people might be against recording their lectures. Hopefully I’ll have another crack at a similar session sometime in the future to cover *everything* that’s changed in less than a year – and to improve my presentation abilities.

Edit: I tried to embed my the video here, but WPMU appears to chop out object or embed tags. So instead, I’ll have to provide a link: Extending WebCT with Turnitin, Publisher Content, and Emerging Technologies

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March 7, 2007 at 1:59 pm

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