Social Learning Leaders

I had the opportunity to participate in a 4-day workshop led by Etienne and Bev Wenger-Trayner on being a social learning leader in growing and developing communities of practice and networks: BETreat “State of the Art” October 7-10, 2014. http://wenger-trayner.com/betreat-canada-2014/ Sharing the Message from BETreat 2014 Penticton: Our Key Learning: We thought a lot about […]

Mobile Learning Toolkit

Coming from the International Labour Organization’s International Training Centre’s DELTA unit is a very excellent online course Mobile Learning Toolkit. It has been developed specifically to support capacity-building in starting business in Africa (aptly named, Start and Improve Your Business) but it is also a handy collection of methods and activities for anyone wanting to […]

COHERE 2013

I had the opportunity to attend COHERE’s 2013 conference in at Kwantlen in Richmond, with the theme, “Open Resources, Open Courses: Their Impact on Blended and Online Learning”. It was fantastic: a measured look at the themes of open resources and open learning with opportunities for breadth during one afternoon of break-out sessions, and opportunities […]

Teaching Squares & Lesson Study

Teaching Squares and Lesson Study are both facilitated peer-group approaches to improving instructors’ lesson preparation and delivery but both take very different approaches. Teaching Squares lends itself well to heterogeneous groups who come from different disciplines while Lesson Study is primarily for instructors coming from the same discipline or wanting to integrate the same theme […]

A New Culture of Learning

I recommend this book, A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change especially for those who are in or who care about education but are not education professionals, eg. managers, vice-presidents, etc.. Thomas and Seely Brown nicely and concisely encapsulate current thinking and research without once mentioning distributed cognition, […]