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CmapTools for iPad

I have used Cmap on nearly every computer I have owned or worked with. It is a very useful tool and, I think, very under-rated. I used to think it was difficult to work with until I had a conversation … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up WordPress Tags

I woke up very early and couldn’t get back to sleep so I decided to clean up the back end of this site. When I imported this blog from Blogger.Com, WordPress converted all of my tags to categories. I had … Continue reading

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GIMP: Can I have my MFA now?

I taught myself to make an animated gif in GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) today. I followed the brief tutorial at eLearnHub. GIMP is a great open source replacement for Photoshop. In fact there is a version that is set up a little … Continue reading

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Virtual TA: Online Student Success and Retention Issues

Here are a few articles for our bot project: “Issues of isolation, disconnectedness, and technological problems may be factors that influence a student to leave a course.” http://onlinelearningconsortium.org/sites/default/files/v8n4_willging_2.pdf “The authors point out that pedagogy and support structures must be enhanced … Continue reading

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Being Sentient Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry

I am reading the Stanford Report on AI. This statement from the report brought back on all the things I had read about AI growing up: “Contrary to the more fantastic predictions for AI in the popular press, the Study Panel found … Continue reading

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Start-Up Weekend Education: Coming to Seattle and a Classroom Near You!

Start-Up Weekend Education Seattle 2016 is coming Nov. 18-20 at the Seattle Library. It is sponsored by the Seattle Library Foundation – which kind of figures because so much innovation in education has been coming out of libraries. I was … Continue reading

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NWeLearn: Using Gamefication to Increase Engagement

Last week, I was at the North West eLearning Conference in Eugene, OR. I highly recommend the conference. What I like about it most is that there are usually few presentations by vendors and a lot of sessions by teachers … Continue reading

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NWeLearn: Revisiting Presence and Community in the Online Classroom

Revisiting Presence and Community in the Online Classroom Patrick Lowenthal, Assistant Professor at Boise State University Online educators love to talk about social presence and community. In this talk, Patrick will review some of his recent research on social presence … Continue reading

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NWeLearn: Student Makers & Publishers

These are some random notes from a very exciting presentation on alternative assessments and student driven work. The notes are not a complete account but reflects my own interests and distractions: Student Makers & Publishers Amber Lemiere, Instructor of English … Continue reading

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NWeLearn: Limitless Education: Is Open Source an Option?

Limitless Education: Is Open Source an Option? Tamara Mitchell, Assistant Director Career Success Center at Oregon State University / Arkansas State University Mountain Home / Western Oregon University Brian Daigle, Center for Academic Innovation at Western Oregon University Alexis Terell, … Continue reading

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