When Working in the Open We Create a Better Product

This is to serve as Weekly Writing #9  (Unit 5 Week 2) This week's weekly writing centers on the idea of working in the open. "The idea of requiring students to present their work via the internet is often met with trepidation by educators. Which concerns are valid? Which are hype? What are the merits of having students present in a public space? In which circumstances do the advantages supersede the concerns? For your writing post this week, weigh the value against the danger of public homework and…

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Unit 4 Concept Map

https://mm.tt/439491301?t=ZDuWyXoNjb Your browser is not able to display frames. Please visit the mind map: CITS 222 Designing for a client on Mind Mapping - MindMeister. I've thought (for the last two semesters) that jQuery was just too advanced. Asking a student to download a library--minified or not--and then to upload that library, link to it, and properly perform function calls... it's a bit tricky. So, I do think that I can take the 20 point assignment that was jQuery tabs or accordion and replace that with a…

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An Even Twistier Path – Replacing the Text

Originally posted 7/25/2014 Weekly Writing for Online Pedagogy I'm stealing the fifth article review to go over an Open Source text resource: Flatworld. I have a new instructor who is not tied to the existing syllabus or old, very expensive, textbook that has been in use for this course. We've looked at a variety of resources to replace the text. I came across the following in the second chapter of an online text, Exploring Business, the BA 151 instructor will use for fall 2014: I've encouraged faculty to…

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You Can’t Go Home Again

Originally posted 5/29/2014 You can look on something anew, but it would not be with the eyes of a child. You can try to put yourself in someone's shoes, but ultimately when it comes to a teacher being taught, I'd say it depends on how long she's been teaching. I agree with Benander, "taking a class as a novice learner can be a valuable form of reflection on the teaching and learning interaction." (Benander, 2009, p. 36) However, seasoned faculty would find it difficult to take on…

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Go Back to Your Happy Place

Originally posted 6/10/2014 As an instructional designer I help faculty with their courses. The faculty member is the content expert; I'm a support person. I want to help them make the course easy to navigate, engaging to the student--learning can be fun--and, whenever possible, inspire or remind the teacher why he or she loves doing this. This last week, in part due to recent reading, I asked a faculty member to remember his favorite assignment from when he was in school. His face lit up immediately; he…

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Khan We Do It?

Originally posted 7/11/2014 I know much more about the Khan Academy {history, samples, growth} than I do peer instruction. However, I took the opportunity to sign up and log in versus just searching for one or two examples inside of the Khan Academy collection of resources. By doing so, I found that a few days later I was receiving emails that included inviting images. I pretty much felt compelled to follow the link provided in the email. Very welcoming. It was fun spending 5-10 minutes doing a…

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A brand new day

Yesterday I discovered a few problems with my WordPress accounts at FatCow. Last night I did a lot of clean up and some restoration. One of the things I blogged about was "it's a brand new day" and I remarked, tomorrow is a new day too. Basically, I said that because it was late. I wanted to go to sleep. Guess what? Not everything worked the way I wanted. So, today I blew it away again. Practice makes closer to perfect. That's going to have to do.…

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