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10 Steps to Powerpoint Resurrection – WP Presentation Version

In Uncategorized on February 9, 2015 by Jim Luke

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Open Publishing Reference

In Uncategorized on February 12, 2012 by Jim Luke


Ontario Online Institute Moves Forward

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2011 by Jim Luke Tagged:

From Stephen Downes:

Plans for an Ontario Online Institute move forward
Tony Bates, e-learning and distance education resources, March 1, 2011.

files/images/Ontario.jpg, size: 29387 bytes, type:  image/jpeg Tony Bates reports on the launch of a new Ontario Online Institute and the appointment of Maxim Jean-Louis as its director. Ontario has a solid record of success in online learning (see also: Ontario Learn and Ontario edubloggers). And Jean-Louis is perfectly positioned, coming from years of experience with Contact North. Citing numerous submissions from stakeholders, Bates reports “there already seems to be a high level of consensus among stakeholders on the form and function of the Institute. All argue that a large, new central institution offering its own credentials should be avoided, and that the focus of the Institute should be to add value at a system level to the wide range of services already offered by the individual institutions.”

Bates also looks at what Ontario can learn from B.C. success such as BC Campus. Paul Stacey, who has been with BC Campus for years, offers a comprehensive overview of the project. Bates summarizes:
– Setting aside a relatively small amount of money each year to address gaps in the system and to encourage collaboration can have a very big pay-off
– Central funding with conditions enables the development of a wide range of sharable open educational resources.
– Collaboration between institutions enables students to access a wider range of credentials across the whole province
– Collaborative programming has been helped tremendously by a comprehensive system of pre-agreed credit transfers between institutions.



OERs: the good, the bad and the ugly

In Uncategorized on February 8, 2011 by Jim Luke

Via Stephen’s Web: OERs: the good, the bad and the ugly

Tony Bates, e-learning & distance education resources, February 7, 2011.

files/images/Good-bad-and-ugly-225×300.jpg, size: 22158 bytes, type: image/jpeg A really nice post from Tony Bates on open educational resources (OERs). The theme is ‘the good, the bad and the ugly’ and we’ll get to that, but first, a nod to the motherhood statement (“open is good”) and a caveat: “the word ‘hypocrisy’ keeps coming to mind when I hear wealthy institutions pounding their chests for ‘giving away’ content that either the public through taxes or students through fees have already paid for, while their fees are such that they exclude all but the rich from their own programs and the accreditation that open content does not provide.” He had me hooked with that.

Now for the three themes:

– the good: open content is good, but it is not learning, and is best used by students as part of a wider range of educational activities, or by teachers within a broader program context

– the bad: learning resources that amount to content dumps (examples provides); “Content needs not only to be contextualized but also adapted for independent or distance learning.”

– the ugly: ” the lack of design or adaptation to make it suitable for independent or distance study or for third party use. It is as if 40 years of research on effective practice in distance learning has all been for nothing.”

via OERs: the good, the bad and the ugly ~ Stephen’s Web.


Productivity of Professors & Community Colleges

In Uncategorized on March 19, 2010 by Jim Luke Tagged:

From  Inside Higher Ed:  Scale

By Dean Dad March 18, 2010 10:25 pm

“Should master’s programs train their students for the number of students they would have in an ideal world or the number of students they will have in this era of expanding class sizes and bulging enrollments at community colleges?”


In Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by Jim Luke


The End in Mind » PLNs, Portfolios, and a Loosely-Coupled Gradebook

In Uncategorized on March 9, 2010 by Jim Luke

The End in Mind » PLNs, Portfolios, and a Loosely-Coupled Gradebook.