Tag Archives: collaboration

New book

Excited to announce the publication of our new book “Educational Communities of Inquiry: Theoretical Framework, Research and Practice” and my contribution as coauthor! I wrote a chapter entitled Effective Teaching Practices to Foster Vibrant Communities of Inquiry in Synchronous Online … Continue reading

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Using online class time wisely

In a recent talk (Quest 2010), Alec Couros suggested that lectures be put on course websites and class time be used for coaching, which is exactly what I think. It makes so much sense especially at the graduate level where … Continue reading

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The sustainability of online communities

In a metacognitive reflection on her experience in the ECI831 course, Dramateach writes: “I long to take more online courses and continue my interactions long after this course.” As a researcher of online communities, this is of great interest to … 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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Online learning in real time

Last night, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Dr Alec Couros’ online class (on social media and open ed #eci831) on Elluminate. About twenty graduate students and their mentors, some joining in from as far as Egypt and Mexico … Continue reading

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Are blended universities “online graduate student-centered”?

I am a lucky doctoral student. Very lucky. The day I decided to embark on this crazy journey, all the puzzle pieces fell in place at once. Thanks to a generous SSRHC grant, I was able to resign from my … Continue reading

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