Category Archives: Profession

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Reflections on Being Part of the NMC HE Horizon Report Expert Panel

several NMC Horizon reports

This post is co-authored with Sheila MacNeill (@sheilmcn) is a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University. She is also the current Chair of ALT (Association of Learning Technology).

Both of us (Sheila and Maha) were invited to participate in the expert panel (what does it mean to be an expert?) involved in putting together the New Media Consortium (NMC) Higher Education Horizon Report for 2018, and we would like to reflect on our experience.

Description of the Process

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Against the 3A’s of EdTech: AI, Analytics, and Adaptive Technologies in Education

Nick Sousanis cartoon showing rules of culture

I’ve had/have the privilege of being a member of the expert panel working on the NMC Horizon Report (the one that’s still in progress, the process of which I plan to write/co-write about soon, inshallah). One of the key things about the report is that we are asked to suggest what technologies we think will be highly influential in education in the far, medium and near terms. You can see the list of topics and expert panelists’ comments here. I’ve had technical problems and haven’t been able to …

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Playing at Orientation: Interview with the Designers of “The Parasite” at University of Chicago

Photo by Grace McLeod, used with permission. The 11 Reticulites arrive at the University of Chicago campus in search of the parasite.

This fall, orientation at the University of Chicago took on some unexpected dimensions: new undergraduate students found themselves searching for an alternate-dimensional portal while they were finding their way around campus. This new spin on orientation is a new alternate reality game (or ARG) called “The Parasite” designed by Heidi Coleman, UChicago’s Dir…

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Review: Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom

old school classroom

I’m often asked for a solid introduction to teaching with digital humanities approaches, “especially a decent book, not just a bunch of links.” For the foreseeable future, Claire Battershill and Shawna Ross* have provided me with an excellent answer: Their new book, Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom: A Practical Introduction for Teachers, Lecturers, and Students (Bloomsbury) offers both a coherent account of how one might think about a pedagogy that is both humanistic and digitally-info…

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Equity in #EdTech: A Report Review

rusty bridge over water

[This post was co-authored with Autumm Caines. Autumm Caines is a liminal space. Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in higher education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture. She likes spending time at the place where differing disciplines intersect. Autumm is an Instructional Designer at St. Norbert College and is a Co-Director in the Virtually Connecting project.]

Justin Reich and M…

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Can You Fly Less?

plane and the moon

As we approach the end of the semester and the arrival of the season for large conferences such as the MLA or AHA, I wanted to draw attention to a project by Parke Wilde and Joseph Nevins, Fly Less: Reducing Academia’s Carbon Footprint.

Flying Less has several parts: a blog focusing on the environmental costs of air travel, and explaining why this is unlikely to improve soon; a near-obligatory Change.org petition; and a pretty detailed and in…

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Seeking Integrity in EdTech Research – Again

queen attacks

This post was co-authored with Autumm Caines (primary author). Autumm Caines is a liminal space. Part technologist, part artist, part manager, part synthesizer she is passionate about the use of technology in higher education and the many differing facets of how technology impacts society and culture. She likes spending time at the place where differing disciplines intersect. Autumm is an Instructional Designer at St. Norbert College and is a Co-Director in the Virtually Connecting project.]

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Some Guidelines for Using Twitter

Sage Advice
There’s a lot of ambivalence about social media these days, and not just because of Russian bots. Every year makes it a little clearer that Twitter and Facebook are probably a little more interested in advertising revenue than they are in shutting down–heck, even mildly alleviating–abuse.

Even within the higher ed Twitter bubble, there have recently been plenty of recent high-profile examples, mostly of members of marginalized communities being attacked online in tones ranging from frenzied to …

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Digital Picketing

I-support-college-faculty-logo

Ontario college faculty are currently on strike. I know this because much of my social media feed has been filled with tweets and FB posts updating us on the strike issues and working on getting accurate information out to the public (and questioning the other side of the bargaining table).

One of the main issues that faculty are striking over is the treatment of part-time/contingent/partial-load faculty (and kudos for the tenured, full-time faculty standing with their colleagues), an issue nea…

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Collaborative Annotations You May Want to Join

woman and 2 kids read on couch

I am always on the lookout for collaborative hypothes.is annotations – articles or sites out there that others have put out calls to annotate. I do this for three reasons:

  1. I can use them as examples in workshops I give to faculty about annotation, and I noticed my colleague use them in individual consultations with faculty to showcase the tool;
  2. I like to use them in my class so my students get to see the global potential of collaborative annotation; and
  3. For my own professional development – I …