I have always thought that yoga is about self-awareness rather than self-consciousness, but these vibrating yoga pants, designed to correct “a wearer’s alignment using haptic feedback in the form of subtle vibrations” seem to be promoting self-consciousness; correcting us in a way more persistent than a yoga instructor, more intimate perhaps more intrusive than a mirror. Good yoga […]Read more "Smart Yoga Pants"
Though the panel is from 2012, the ideas about openness in education are still very present and relevant. Alan Davis, President of Kwantlen Polytechnic University, talked about institutions’ readiness and what needs to happen. Brian Lamb, Director of Innovation at Thompson Rivers University discussed many open learning initiatives (See his example about open learning and experiential and authentic […]Read more "OER forum for B.C. Higher Ed."
At the TESOL conference 2015 in Toronto, I participated in a panel presentation exploring technology-mediated language teaching and learning. I presented on a survey research I conducted on the instructors’ roles and challenges in a technology-mediated environment.Read more "TESOL 2015 Presentation"
Introduction According to Christensen’s theory of disruptive innovation (Christensen, C. & Eyring, H. J. (2011), as companies grow big, they tend to focus on the high-end market developing more sophisticated, expensive products. This leaves the lower-end market open for other competitors. A disruptive technology, then, is one that allows less established companies to provide a […]Read more "Applying the theory of disruptive innovations to the field of language teaching"
The Flexible Language Acquisition (FLAX) project, funded by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund, features a set of open source tools with which instructors can create learning activities. For instance, instructors can upload an open source lecture with a transcript, such as from TED talks and create practice exercises including frequency word lists […]Read more "What is FLAX Flexible Language Acquisition Software?"
The term “Flipped Classroom” was originally coined by two high school science teachers, Jon Bergman and Aaron Sams (Their book – Flip your classroom – Reach every student in every class everyday). The story was that the teachers discovered that lecturing to students was not an effective mean of teaching, so they started recording their lectures, […]Read more "Flax and Flip your language classroom"
My presentation on the instructors’ roles and challenges in a technology-mediated learning environment at CSSE 2014, Brock University http://prezi.com/embed/rmkmkolewwe2/?bgcolor=ffffff&lock_to_path=0&autoplay=0&autohide_ctrls=0&features=undefined&disabled_features=undefined Purpose: The aim of the current research is to first examine to what extent instructors in a language institute partake in newer roles associated with using learning technologies and social media; second, it is to identify […]Read more "CSSE Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences 2014"
Recap: The last post defines digital literacies as the ability to to comprehend information in a variety of digital environments to create and remix content to communicate appropriately in digital contexts to develop more confidence and comfort in online participation to be able to evaluate and critique resources. (Belshaw, 2011) This post will examine how […]Read more "Incorporating digital literacies into an EAP curriculum Part 2 – How"
What are digital literacies? In his “What is digital literacy? A pragmatic investigation” (2011), Belshaw’s analyzes different dimensions of digital literacy. This includes the ability to comprehend information presented in a variety of digital environments, to create and remix content, to communicate appropriately in digital contexts, to develop more confidence and comfort in online participation, […]Read more "Incorporating digital literacies into an EAP curriculum Part 1 – What and Why?"
One thing you can do to make your Moodle course more social is by adding a Twitter List. Twitter lists consist of the posts or tweets by a group of Twitter users that you have selected for your students. In other words, the twitter list is a curated list of posts. For instance, in my […]Read more "How to make your Moodle more social with a Twitter List"