Monthly Archives: October 2010

The valuable contribution of research participants

I am currently in the data collection phase of my doctoral thesis. Between observations, interviews, transcripts and questionnaires (all in both languages – double the fun) I don’t get many opportunities to interact with peers and colleagues these days (nor … Continue reading

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BOLD faculty members needed for doctoral research

A quick tweet posted last night generated a lot of interest and retweets, thanks to my awesome network. I am taking this opportunity to provide further details on my research and my research criteria. My qualitative research involves developing a … Continue reading

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The foundation of a vibrant learning community

As an online educator, I am a strong proponent of teaching students basic interaction and collaboration skills. As is the case with teamwork, we expect them to perform but are guilty of assuming that they have the required know-how. Can … Continue reading

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On student’s motivation and engagement

Being a mentor in Alec Couros’ EC&I 831 online course is a wonderful opportunity to observe an open education classroom leveraging the potential of Internet in education. Back in 2008, I also had the opportunity to attend Stephen Downes and … Continue reading

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Democratization of access vs. democratization of attention

Just a quick post before the long weekend. If you who haven’t read this article from Danah Boyd in Educause Review, I suggest you do. As I indicated in a previous message, there’s a lot of food for thought in … Continue reading

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