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A Hole in the LMS

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 05:28:49 +0000

Does your LMS have a hole?  It’s not a leak.  It’s a necessary feature. In our online class at Royal Roads University this week, Learning Management Systems are under the microscope.  To the question about a favourite LMS, I’m going … Continue reading


Tue, 09 Aug 2016 07:11:18 +0000

I stepped aside from my struggles with the incredible amount of homework taking six graduate course credits in six weeks entails long enough to look at what I was learning about research.  I’ve a long way to go yet, but … Continue reading

The Price of Open

Sun, 07 Aug 2016 22:48:36 +0000

Early in our LRNT 502 Introduction to Research course we received an invitation to visit  My first impression was not a positive one.  Faced with a login screen, I signed in with my Google account and immediately began receiving … Continue reading

Knowing the Author

Thu, 04 Aug 2016 07:23:08 +0000

They asked, “How do you feel about research now?” I answered cheekily, “I’m open to offers of a cease-fire.” That was a week ago after a brilliantly executed research panel discussion at Royal Roads University.  Today I discovered that the … Continue reading

Place for My Voice

Sat, 30 Jul 2016 05:40:29 +0000

Two-weeks of face-to-face classes (residency) in my Graduate Diploma in Learning and Technology program at Royal Roads have ended.  A year of online challenges begins. One of my challenges is reading scholarly research journal articles.  The dry objectivity of academic … Continue reading

Terminology and Meaning II – What you’re saying is not what I’m feeling

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:09:56 +0000

In my previous blog post I introduced the new-to-me culture of inquiry called phenomenology.  As I grappled with the concepts of phenomenological research, I reflected on the results and especially the limits of experiencing with my own consciousness, the lived … Continue reading

Terminology and Meaning – What you heard wasn’t what I was saying

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 07:54:33 +0000

Learning new vocabulary must be part of beginning any new discipline.  It enables a way of speaking to colleagues with precision about ideas and concepts.  In my Introduction to Research course from Royal Roads University I’m finding terms that at … Continue reading

Back to School

Tue, 12 Jul 2016 00:20:20 +0000

I was tempted to call this “What Was I Thinking: Part II”. I’ve enrolled in grad school – well, a 1-year graduate diploma program actually. Royal Roads University has a flexible admissions policy that let me squeak into their blended … Continue reading

Adaptive Challenges

Wed, 11 Nov 2015 06:07:38 +0000

I keep promising myself, “I’ll do it tomorrow. “ I suspect blogging for me must be something like dieting or giving up smoking or maybe meditating is for some people. Or like any of the  other good things we want … Continue reading

Pithy Gems and Lousy Weather

Sat, 07 Nov 2015 02:07:00 +0000

Before I get to complaining and excuses, let me plug a G. K. Chesterton novel I hadn’t discovered before.  Gems like, “…our democracy has only one great flaw; it is not democratic.” and “As mistaken lovers might watch the inevitable … Continue reading