Monday, May 25, 2009

SCoPE: Seminars: Humanizing the Online Experience: May 25-June 7, 2009

This free, online discussion begins today at SCoPE.

SCoPE: Seminars: Humanizing the Online Experience: May 25-June 7, 2009: Humanizing the Online Experience: May 25-June 7, 2009
Facilitator: Jesai Jayhmes

How do you come across in the online classroom? What are some strategies for making real-time sessions engaging and interactive? Jesai combines his background in acting, teaching, voice coaching, and video production to help us understand the changes we need to make to be effective online facilitators. This 2 week seminar will be combined with weekly live sessions.

Live Sessions: Adobe Connect
* May 26, 10:00 PDT
* June 2, 10:00 PDT

MicroSCoPE newsletter

I just posted the May issue of MicroSCoPE. It's a little late in the month, but we had to reschedule the May seminar, Humanizing the Online Experience, because of a family emergency. I'm copying the full issue here this time because it's chock full of resources and professional development opportunities.

MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
May, 2009

In This Issue
1. SCoPE Seminar: Humanizing the Online Experience
2. Mark Your Calendars
3. Activity Recap
4. Special Interest Groups
5. PeriSCoPE
6. About SCoPE
7. About MicroSCoPE

1. SCoPE Seminar: Humanizing the Online Experience
May 25 - June 7, 2009
Facilitator: Jesai Jayhmes
How do you come across in the online classroom? What are some strategies for making real-time sessions engaging and interactive? Jesai combines his background in acting, teaching, voice coaching, and video production to help us understand the changes we need to make to be effective online facilitators. This 2 week seminar is combined with weekly live sessions in Adobe Connect:
* May 26, 10:00 PDT (other time zones)
* June 2, 10:00 PDT (other time zones)

2. Mark Your Calendars
* TiddlyWiki for Beginners, facilitated by Lynda Williams, May 27, 2009 11:00 PDT (other time zones) in Elluminate
* The Art of Teaching, facilitated by Nancy Randall and Neil Smith, June 15 - July 3, 2009
* Strategies for Facilitating Networks of Communities, facilitated by Diego Leal, July 6 - 24, 2009
* WikiEducator: An International Community for Open Education, facilitated by Nellie Deutsch and Gladys Gahona, August, 2009
* Re-Thinking E-Learning Research, facilitated by Norm Friesen, October 5 - 25, 2009

Check upcoming seminars for any changes to the seminar schedule. The Learn Together Collaboratory has a full list of events of interest to educators.

3. Activity Recap
* Gathering of Online Community Enthusiasts
On May 1, 2009 a group of online community enthusiasts gathered together in downtown Vancouver to become acquainted, to share challenges and solutions related to our communities and projects, and to explore next steps for advancing our work together. Nancy White led us through an unforgettable mad tea party, drawing exercise, and open space discussion. At the end of the day what did we decide? That we need to have meet ups more often! Also, a "virtual community field trip" series is in the works in partnership with

* SCoPE Seminar: Evaluation Practices for Informal/Self-Paced Adult Learning
April 13 - May 1, 2009
Facilitators: Caren Levine and William Owen
This 3-week seminar combined with an Elluminate session as we approached the final days of the discussion proved to be an interesting format. It is also a very challenging topic! The wiki provides a quick glimpse of who participated and the questions, themes, and resources that emerged.

* Check the archives of live sessions organized through BCcampus Online Communities.

4. Special Interest Groups
* Marginalia is an open space for experimenting with and providing feedback on Marginalia, an open source web annotation tool.

* First Nations Pedagogy Online is for everyone interested in First Nations and aboriginal learning to share questions, insights, practices, ideas, and resources.

At SCoPE we welcome requests to host education-related Special Interest Groups.

5. PeriSCoPE
* CIDER Sessions are targeted at distance education researchers, graduate students, and practitioners. Each session features an active researcher talking about their project, methodologies used, and their results. If you are interested in presenting your research in a future CIDER session, please contact Lynn Anderson: The June session is Adaptation of Online Courses for New Educational Contexts with Dr. Jamie Rossiter.

* Copyright: A plain language guide to copyright in the 21st century by Julien Hofman, published by the Commonwealth of Learning, explains copyright protection and what it means for copyright holders and copyright users. It also introduces readers to contemporary topics such as digital rights management, open licences, software patents, and copyright protection for works of traditional knowledge. The book is freely available from COL’s website. Participate in the virtual book launch in COL's new Second Life space Tuesday, May 26 at 9:00 PDT (other time zones). An audio-only option for the book launch will be available via Elluminate.

* The Canadian e-Learning Conference takes place at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, June 17-19, 2009.

* The Open Education Conference will be held at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, August 12-14, 2009.

* Join the SCoPE group at Linkedin to connect with others who are interested in employment in education or in connecting professionally on projects, follow SCoPE on Twitter and check out the SCoPE Facebook group and member networking as a way to keep in the loop.

* Check what SCoPE members are blogging about and subscribe to our SCoPE Bloggers feed. Do you have a blog? Add it to our SCoPE member blogs database.

* Have you added your name and location to our Frappr Map?

* Leave a message on the SCoPE Voicethread

6. About SCoPE
SCoPE brings together individuals who share an interest in education research and practice, and offers opportunities for dialogue across disciplines, geographical borders, professions, levels of expertise, and education sectors. Membership is free and open to everyone.

SCoPE forms collaborating partnerships with many organizations to implement and promote community activities and products. This is a mutual exchange of support and services.

Self-register at

Past SCoPE seminar discussions are always available for reading and afterthoughts.

7. About MicroSCoPE
SCoPE members receive MicroSCoPE issues automatically. If you prefer to read MicroSCoPE on the website or via RSS, manage your subscription here:

MicroSCoPE is prepared by Sylvia Currie, Community Coordinator (

Please spread the word about SCoPE activities. Distribute this newsletter!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Facilitating Online | OER Commons

This new resource by Tony Carr, Shaheeda Jaffer, and Jeanne Smuts from University of Cape Town is comprehensive, and freely available for your use with a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 license.

Facilitating Online | OER Commons: "The Centre for Educational Technology (CET) produced a Course Leader’s Guide as an Open Educational Resource to assist educators and trainers who wish to implement a course on online facilitation within their institution or across several institutions. The guide contains the course model, week-by-week learning activities, general guidance to the course leader on how to implement and customise the course and specific guidelines on each learning activity."

Friday, May 15, 2009

Deep Linking in YouTube

I received this tip from Grant Potter via twitter. It looks like the YouTube deep linking feature has been available for awhile, but it's new to me! This is ideal for integrating video into online discussions. 

YouTube Blog: "'deep link' to YouTube videos. This means you can now not only link to a YouTube video itself, but you can also link directly to a specific time within each video. This is something you have been asking us for and we are happy to deliver."

Monday, May 11, 2009

50 Terrific Open Courseware Classes for Innovative Educators

This is a handy list of open courses for educators.
"The following classes provide an opportunity for you to learn creative approaches to teaching various disciplines, reach special populations among students, bring technology in the classroom, and strengthen your abilities as an administrator or teacher."

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Online Discourse - e-Primer series

This next e-primer focusing on online discourse is #4 in a series written by Mark Nichols, an E-learning Specialist from Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand. You know how some online facilitators just really stand out? Mark is one of them. I've watched him in action at ITFORUM and SCoPE where he is a master at advancing and summarizing online discussions. I also appreciate the way he acknowledges participants' contributions and cites articles and other resources in almost every post!
Online Discourse - e-Primer series: "In this e-primer, you will discover both the promise of formal online discourse (that is, conversation mediated through internet tools) for education, and good practice. Throughout, I encourage you to apply online discourse in ways that are conducive to teaching and learning. The focus in this e-primer is more on the discourse than the technology although, inevitably, we will consider technology."