Digital Learning Blog

Disaggregation vs. de-coupling of decisions

By Gregor Kiczales posted on May 31, 2016

A common theme in discussions about MOOCs and other forms of innovation has to do with disaggregation or unbundling.

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Carl Wieman argues for wider adoption of active learning

By Heather McCabe posted on April 14, 2016

NPR interviewed Nobel laureate Carl Wieman about his work to promote active learning as a more effective teaching model over traditional lecturing.

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Rethinking the course schedule for online learners

By Jason Myers posted on April 1, 2016

Recently, I was preparing one of the edX courses I help to support for the next offering and noticed something interesting in the student activity data. It had been nearly six months since the course was last offered, but there were still a large number of students active.

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Open dialogues: How to practice responsible pedagogy

By Emi Sasagawa posted on February 29, 2016

Arthur Gill Green discusses his interest in open education practices.

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Lessons from student-led open education advocacy

By Daniel Munro and Jenna Omassi posted on January 5, 2016

We recently attended 2015’s Open Education Conference, where we co-presented with UBC faculty member Christina Hendricks and Simon Fraser Student Society’s Brady Yano about student and faculty collaborations on open educational resource (OER) advocacy.

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UBC course cited as good example of open education

By Heather McCabe posted on November 12, 2015

CBC’s Gloria Macarenko spoke with Andrew Wilkinson, BC’s Minister of Advanced Education, about open textbooks and the provincial government’s role in expanding the B.C. Open Textbook Project.

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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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