Digital Learning Blog

How much active learning is enough?

By Gregor Kiczales posted on November 26, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I went to a parents’ information session at our kid’s school. When I walked into the room it was set up with round tables, half a dozen chairs at each table, and worksheets.

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THE, US News and LinkedIn?

By Gregor Kiczales posted on October 26, 2014

It’s ranking season, and Alex Usher had another post today about problems with ranking methodologies. There are many complaints about the rankings, but nonetheless colleges and universities take them seriously.

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EdX and professional education

By Gregor Kiczales posted on October 5, 2014

EdX just announced its latest initiative, in which they will offer Professional Education courses.

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Blurring and Pearson

By Gregor Kiczales posted on September 22, 2014

A recent article in Slate describes a situation in which students in two different US schools – a college and a university – are taking two different online psychology courses, from two different instructors. Sounds like a relatively ordinary situation.

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Bridging and edX

By Gregor Kiczales posted on September 14, 2014

The UBC Flexible Learning Strategy lists bridging as one of three key opportunities “enabled by technology and changing societal expectations”.

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Office hours are more fun

By Gregor Kiczales posted on June 12, 2014

A lot of the talk about active learning focuses on improved learning outcomes.

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Bates and Grimson video and slides

By Gregor Kiczales posted on May 1, 2014

A few weeks ago we hosted Tony Bates and Eric Grimson together and spent a rewarding day talking about a range of topics related to digital learning.

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Online to improve on-campus

By Gregor Kiczales posted on April 14, 2014

Last week at UBC we hosted two visitors for a day-long consultation on our Flexible Learning work.

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Re: The last artisans

By Gregor Kiczales posted on March 28, 2014

Underlying much of the discussion about digital learning is a sub-current of tension about the changing role of faculty in undergraduate education.

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It’s what you can do that matters

By Gregor Kiczales posted on March 21, 2014

My Facebook news feed today points to an article in HBR Magazine about hiring practices at Automattic. The key point is that they use “tryouts, in which final candidates are paid to spend several weeks working on a project."

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