Sorry blog – totally forgot about you

I got the invoice today to re-register ‘’ for another 2 years, and oops, where did those 2 years go? I know where they went – busy on the curriculum project I started in June 2016 for trades harmonization. Getting out my credit card, I wondered if perhaps I should just shut this down. There’s […]

Open Ed and ‘The Gift’

In November of 2015 I attended the very excellent 3-day Open Education Conference in Vancouver. Among the many lines of thought I encountered and learned about, I was surprised that there was a rather uniform assumption around reified knowledge as a commodity of exchange. There was a lot of talk around how to make the […]

Turning Competencies into Learning Outcomes

Here’s what I did with one set of trade instructors to turn competencies into learning outcomes: Re-translating the program outline We started with the provincial program outline for their trade (owned by the BC Industry Training Authority, here’s an example for Carpenter). This outline is deceiving: it is originally intended to communicate performance competencies for […]

Competencies vs. Learning Outcomes

There’s buzz growing around competency-based learning and something called “competency-based pedagogy”. Much of it appears muddled, particularly when someone wants to throw in a technology to enable this “competency-based pedagogy”. Perhaps it’s important to make sure we are all speaking the same language. Fallacy 1: Competencies are equivalent to learning outcomes Fallacy 2: A series […]