That’s a good question – Using design thinking to support the development of divergent thinking practices in first-year students.


I recently had the chance to work with a colleague at the University of Calgary on the design of an experiential, inquiry-based and student led approach to learning for a new program opening up – one that used the real and proven innovation practices that are fostered through the use of a design mindset. It … Continue reading That’s a good question – Using design thinking to support the development of divergent thinking practices in first-year students.

Using YouTube and BlackBoard to share micro lectures with a learning community.


I’ve been experimenting with different ways to share micro lectures with students this spring term. This has been prompted by learning that the vast majority of my first year students are using their cell phone data plans to download course content while socially isolating, and that over 80% of students feel challenged by having to … Continue reading Using YouTube and BlackBoard to share micro lectures with a learning community.

Nice to meet you: Discussion boards in online or hybrid learning models


In my experiments with what I call a BOLD (or Blended Online Learning Model) of instructional design, I’ve come to love the discussion board. I say this reluctantly, because I really hated the discussion board for a long, long time. The discussion board felt like the worst of the online world: full of opinions, dominated … Continue reading Nice to meet you: Discussion boards in online or hybrid learning models

Taking a look behind the screen: understanding the online learning community though an introductory survey.


Connecting with students in a virtual environment for online learning is an enormous challenge, and my own lack of understanding about what students are prepared to do, what they are facing at home as challenges of their own, and even what tech or tools they have access too certainly does not help. As post secondary … Continue reading Taking a look behind the screen: understanding the online learning community though an introductory survey.

Reflecting on reflective practice


Seems like everything is a bit different these days, and supporting reflective practices within our classrooms is certainly no different. I know from my work with design thinking, and my practice in creating experiential and active learning classrooms that instituting a reflective practice within learning time is critical to the success of all learners. Without … Continue reading Reflecting on reflective practice