Monthly Archives: February 2011

Brainstorming: order from chaos

Image by MikeOliveri via FlickrBrainstorming is a method for rapidly gathering ideas from a group. These ideas can help individuals in the group solve problems and discover solutions. Brainstorming sessions allow members to express their ideas and creativity, and to … Continue reading

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Jing: ADA Compliance and New Media

Image via WikipediaJing‘s pro version now includes the ability to add captions. I want to congratulate them on that. No, I want to send them an award or something. I owe them all a College of the Redwoods keyring at … Continue reading

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OER University: history in the making

Image via Wikipedia I am in an exciting meeting today on the OER university. There were a few dozen participating in New Zealand and 47 virtual participants. If you are not familiar with this concept OERs are “open education resources.” … Continue reading

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The Instructional Designer’s Toolkit

Image via WikipediaI have watched instructional designers from top-notch universities loaded down with the latest theories completely flounder when faced with the realities of the work. With instructional designers, I look for two things: a portfolio and any teaching/tutoring experience. … Continue reading

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Watson for $200: What is a semantic wunderkind?

   Getty Images via @daylife I am only somewhat impressed by Watson but to be fair, Watson is only seven years old.The most interesting thing about it is that it represents some real milestones for the semantic web.I also like … Continue reading

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Towards an OER University: Free learning for all students worldwide

Image via Wikipedia This is from Cable Green’s blog: Universities in Australia, Canada and New Zealand are hoping to achieve “a quantum shift” in higher education access by launching an “OER university”. (article) Concept is: There is an open meeting (all are … Continue reading

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PLNs: The Power of Personal Learning Networks

Image by catspyjamasnz via FlickrWhat is a PLN? I am not talking about the Polish Zloty but “personal learning networks” – the collection of links, tools, and people on the internet we use to support our teaching and learning. I … Continue reading

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Egypt: The Revolution Will Be Twitterized

Image by Brooklyn Museum via FlickrOnce again, the power of social media and networks has toppled a government. There is nothing superficial about tweeting 140 characters. There is nothing “weak” about the weak ties and connections in Facebook or other … Continue reading

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CTE Conference: Are you ready for distance education?

The Distance Education Dept. at College of the Redwoods presented at the Career & Technical Education Conference hosted by CR. We love this conference because it is our chance to meet folks from the high schools, local businesses, and other … Continue reading

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Student Privacy and Facebook

Image via WikipediaThe Student PIRGs has come out with a guide for controlling your information on Facebook. This has come at a really good time because College of the Redwoods is expanding its presence on Facebook and other social networks. … Continue reading

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