The 2021 Cascadia OpenEd Conference

Cascadia OpenEd conference

Over the past three days I attended several sessions at the Cascadia OpenEd conference sponsored by several west coast associations and the wonderful and always inspiriting BCcampus team. I thought I’d share a couple of broad thoughts about the event and what I saw on the screen and felt as…

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A Foray into Spec Grading

Over the years, I’ve refined rubrics with the intent that students can evaluate their own mastery of an assignment. In some courses, students generate their own rubrics. During class sessions, students practice applying the rubrics, which gives them insight into how to create assignments that meet the goals. I still…

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Note-taking as an Inclusive Pedagogical Tool

‘How will you live your life, so that it does not make a mockery of your values?” ~Bill Ayers  ‘Teaching and Learning on the Open Web’ learning community has been one of the best learning experiences in my professional career. Whenever we meet, there are conversations that inspire me, question…

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Vision 2020

Vision 2020 Image Credit   20/20 vision indicates good visual clarity, much like the year 2020 has done for me.  2020 made me look very closely at what the teaching-learning process was truly about. I wondered about the affordances and challenges of a brick and mortar school, the unique challenges…

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Making the Best of a Zoom Situation

I teach a lot of performance-based classes. Body and voice are especially important. And Zoom makes this especially hard. Students are often poorly-lit, often have issues with sound, and often feel stuck and physically-restrained in the small boxes of Zoom. So, my fellow performance colleague, Deborah Hathaway, and I recorded…

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Let Me Express Myself

I am going to choose to represent what I am trying to convey in some text, a couple of images, and in a video. Why three things you might ask? Well, I just don’t want to have to type all the sentences it may take to express this thought. That…

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Of Chairs and ZoomBombers

by Gavin Doyle With COVID, much of what I’ve relied on for my teaching—immediate interactions with students, a close community of supportive learners, and hands-on exercises—felt like they’d be lost.  How was I supposed to teach ACTING over a webcam, for instance? I’ve been unsuccessfully arguing with UWB for years…

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