Thursday, November 21, 2013

Learning where it happens

Learning to fly
"Learning to Fly" by Liz

I'm in one of those situations where I'm preparing a talk, I think I know what I'm trying to get at, but I'm not sure if it's something I'll be able to articulate.

The presentation is about learning communities and networks, and the audience is primarily higher education faculty who are seeking to make their online courses and their own professional learning more relevant and engaging. Then I thought d'oh, why not get the question out there to my own communities and networks?

So, I'm curious, what do you think about when you read this phrase:

Learning where it happens

(emphasis anywhere, punctuation optional)

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

MicroSCoPE November 2013

MicroSCoPE: A closer look at what's happening in SCoPE

November Activities

Seminar: Footprints of Emergence
18 - 29 November, 2013
Facilitators: Roy Williams, Jenny Mackness, Simone Gumtau
This 2-week seminar is an exploration and discussion of how learning does (or does not) take place in complex learning environments, such as open online courses, and how this interacts with learning design. The Footprints of Emergence framework enables learners and learning designers to articulate, map out, and reflect on critical aspects of learning in open, emergent learning events, both individually and collaboratively and results in visualisations of the learning experience.

New Groups

Educational Technology Users Group - Let's Talk
Facilitator: Leva Lee
ETUG is grassroots group of British Columbia educators interested in teaching, learning and edtech in higher education. This open group space is for members to connect and share during and between the biannual f2f workshops.

Campus-Based Educational Development and Professional Learning
Facilitators: Nancy Randall, Diane Morrison, Penny Heaslip
The dialogue continues! This report summarizes the purposes and outcomes of campus-based educational development and professional learning in British Columbia. We invite feedback and ideas on future directions and dilemmas.

Virtual Communities of Practice: A Netnographic Study of Peer-to-Peer Networking Support Among Doctoral Students
Facilitator: Ila Allen
Are you a doctoral student (or recent grad)? Ila Allen invites you to participate in her study to explore why doctoral students seek support outside of their home institution via online communities. Like many of you ILA is currently in the doctoral process needing participants. If you've already completed the survey, the final step is to be interviewed (contact:


CIDER Sessions:
The OER Research Hub Webinars:
eCampusAlberta monthly online professional development events:

About SCoPE

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