CogBlogged Tagged ‘potcert’

Every Box You Type in Can be a Doorway to Creativity

cc licensed ( BY NC SD ) flickr photo shared by demandaj One pattern I see repeated in the patterns of new bloggers (and this is aimed at my new batch of ds106 students is that they typically write posts with really general or lackluster titles. “Assignment 1″ “My Introduction” “Week 1″ “Daily Create #345″. It’s not their fault, this is a new space. As students, they are responding as conditioned to writing up assignments, and thus use school language. They have not yet likely grasped the ownership of their own web publication space. I have written before (and will be linking again) to You Fooled Me at The Title, What Magicians Know. But your title is actually, IMHO, one of the most important parts of your blog post- it is what people will see in a link or a syndication feed. It is the first thing a reader usually […]

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The Question Should be: Why Are You *Not* Blogging

I don’t becaue I have an outdoor brain — http://cogdogblog.com/2005/09/30/ (wow that was a blog heavy day). It has been a long time since I nodded when reading (maybe it was listening to) the IT Conversations podcast where Jon Udell spoke about his notion of narrating the work we do (I was also listening because he was talking to a colleague Hilary Mason who is now a big shot in the tech world). The fulcrum of my talk last week at the Open Education Conference was observable work. I first started thinking about this back in 2002, when I included this Dave Winer excerpt in my review of Radio UserLand: We’ve been using this tool since November, internally at UserLand. We shipped Radio 8 with it. When we switched over our workgroup productivity soared. All of a sudden people could narrate their work. Watch Jake as he reports his progress […]

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Talking About Keys- An Opener

My keychain is not much different from the last time I did this assignment for the Daily Create The Daily Create for August 28, 2012 told us to make a video: Show us your keychain and tell us a story about the keys or things you have on it. Yes, i still have the scuffed up bike tool whose main function is the bottle opener (well worn). What is more significant now is that I am still carrying my house and mailbox keys from my home in Strawberry, Arizona, although I have not been there for weeks, and will not be there for maybe a long time. It was a short touching reminder of how much I love my little place in the mountains (and after doing this video, I put them away in a safe hiding place… hmm, where was that place?) Unlike many people in the videos for […]

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They Should Call it Barrier not Banner

When I hear the word “Banner” I think of a colorful warm welcome cc licensed ( BY ) flickr photo shared by woodleywonderworks My experience with student information systems is negligible, and now my connotation os shifting more to cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Ani-Bee In fact its so arcane I could not even find it easily in Google. But here has been my experience in dealing with Banner the Student INformation System for my online class at University of Mary Washington. Maybe my problem is lack of Workshops and Training. When registration opens, ds106 fills almost immediately, it is capped at 25. I am assuming students just get a “CLOSED” response when they try and register. For the weeks leading up to class students email their instructors with various stories of their need for the class to graduate or their undying love for […]

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Ramping Up for Online ds106

cc licensed ( BY NC ND ) flickr photo shared by Danforth1 My section of ds106 starts tomorrow, I am teaching a section completely online. I just realized I never reflected much on the summer experience, wich was the first time doing it online. The summer version is even more different, because we have room to play with a narrative for the course. The irony here is I once questioned the need for a narrative which only goes to show the power of blogging and changing your mind later. It is also timely to be doing this since I am part of another open online class, the Program for Online Teaching Certificate Class (“POTCERT dude”)– I am taking on this because I want to become a better online teacher. I have to say after the Spring semester teaching the class in person, I thought it made more sense to be […]

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Potcerting

Time will tell (very soon) whether my string of Signing Up for Open Courses and Bailing Early (ahem PLENK10, Coursera, Code Academy, MOOCMOOC) continues. I’m hoping to change that with Pedagogy First! Program for Online Teaching’s 2012-2013 Certificate Program: This online open class from Miracosta College is led by people I totally adore and respect, Lisa Lane and Todd Conaway, both who have chipped in a lot of effort to our open ds106 classes. But that is not why I should give this a good effort. it’s because I have taught (and am teaching) online and while I think I know what I am doing, I bet I don’t. So I am keen for the things I can learn and experience in this class. I’ll be using my regular barking grounds here at CogDogBlog but tagging posts for this class as potcert (this post is my first one to see […]

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