Digital Learning Blog

Renewable assignments: Student work adding value to the world

By Christina Hendricks posted on October 29, 2015

Though faculty might not like to think about them this way, much of the work produced by students in courses at postsecondary institutions ends up being dumped in the trash once it’s marked.

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Rethinking assessment in the flexible era

By Ido Roll posted on September 18, 2015

When we refer to flexible learning, we usually focus on flexible instruction: we strive to implement instruction that supports more flexibility in time, space, pedagogy, and technology. However, going flexible allows us to change more than our instruction.

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Challenging my practice: Five tools from STLHE 2015

By Amber Shaw posted on August 20, 2015

This year’s Society for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (STLHE) conference was entitled, “Achieving Harmony: Tuning into Practice,” which I felt reflected my individual experience at this conference well.

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In/formal credentials: Governing open badges

By Erin Fields posted on July 22, 2015

Erin Fields, who leads the Open Badges project at UBC, looks at the questions surrounding open badges and their use at academic institutions.

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MOOCs: Promise and peril

By Edward Slingerland posted on June 11, 2015

In his second blog post, UBC Professor of Asian Studies Edward Slingerland looks at the benefits of sharing MOOC content, and the potential downsides this could bring about.

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The accidental MOOC-er

By Edward Slingerland posted on May 14, 2015

Unlike many, if not most, in the digital learning community, I stumbled into it more or less by accident. About a year ago I was approached by the Deans and asked whether or not I would be interested in applying to develop a lecture course I’ve long been teaching at UBC, Asia/Phil 371 "Foundations of Chinese Thought," as one of UBC’s first humanities MOOCs.

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Flexibility and the teacher-learner-institution triad

By Caroline Haythornthwaite posted on April 29, 2015

The term flexible learning is bandied about a lot these days, but what does it really mean? Does it signify a brave new transformation in approach and practice for teaching, learning and education, and if so, what kind of transformation is it?

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Time waits for no one

By Gregor Kiczales posted on April 15, 2015

Gartner calls it the trough of disillusionment: “Interest wanes as experiments and implementations fail to deliver..."

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Place of mind learning

By Gregor Kiczales posted on February 4, 2015

Today’s Vancouver Sun has an article by Yvonne Zacharias on CIBT Education Group‘s plans to convert a 17 story luxury hotel in downtown Vancouver into international student housing.

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Fusion courses: A new twist on lifelong education

By Gregor Kiczales posted on January 16, 2015

The traditional idea behind lifelong education is that as individuals progress through their lives they continue to return to school in some form to learn.

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