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Teaching and Learning in a Net-Centric World

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The Virtual Canuck has moved – note to subscribers!!!!

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 19:26:13 +0000

This post is to announce that I have moved the Virtual Canuck blog that currently resides on Edublogs, to it’s own site at I’m making this move – NOT because of dissatisfaction with the services of Jame Farmer and the good folks at EduBlogs, but rather because I’m interested in creating a full fledged web […]

Teaching Practices Inventory – Fast and easy!

Tue, 17 Nov 2015 09:18:29 +0000

Thanks to Rick Reis’s Tomorrow’s Professor newsletter I bumped into an instrument that I think can be a very important addition to or replacement for teaching evaluations and/or student course evaluations. This Teaching Practices Inventory was developed by the Noble Prize winning Physicist Carl Wieman who was hired at the University of British Columbia to […]

Where are the Women?

Wed, 28 Oct 2015 18:22:34 +0000

This week I am privileged to be a keynote speaker at the 21st International Congress of the Brazilian Association for Distance Education in Bento Goncalves, Brazil. The scholarly stimulation, hospitality, weather and fine Brazilian wine have been great – but something is wrong. Only 1 of the 12 keynote speakers and none of the 10 […]

First Week at Riverdale Little Free Library

Sun, 06 Sep 2015 15:26:31 +0000

The Little Free Library has survived its first week- no vandalism, lots of borrowers and depositors, collection growing and 12 new DVDs videos (thanks to Rocky and Eric). The back birdhouse suite is still vacant (I hope I won’t have to remove the No Magpies Need Apply sign) and the building survived its first rain. […]

Little Free Library Opens in Riverdale (Edmonton)

Mon, 31 Aug 2015 16:55:59 +0000

This weekend I opened the Little Free Library I have been building for the past few weeks.  It is a great hit and already I’ve had a couple of nice volumes appear (librarian gets 1st pick!). I managed to use scraps and pieces from the old house we demolished 20 years on this site to […]

Guest Post on Learning Analytics

Wed, 22 Jul 2015 14:57:57 +0000

My friends at Open University of Catalonia asked me to do a guest blog on learning analytics for their Open Thought 2015 series. As always a deadline got a little creativity and some emergy going and though I am no expert on analytics, I gathered a few thoughts for the post at

My Retirement Week

Wed, 17 Jun 2015 04:05:59 +0000

I am just recovering this week from a busy, celebration filled week last that I want to share with my blog friends. The week started by a quick trip to Barcelona, where besides being able to watch FBT Barcelona win the final Champion League match, I was honoured being made a Senior Fellow in the […]

Providing audio feedback to students: Review of a review

Sat, 30 May 2015 19:37:03 +0000

I’ve always been interested in studies that help us differentiate both pedagogies and educational technology use, based upon time requirements. These studies of course should include all the actors – too often student time is taken as a free given. Thus, a recent publication by Gusman Edouard tweaked my interest. Edouard, G. (2015). Effectiveness of […]


Mon, 04 May 2015 07:44:33 +0000

This month I turn 65 and of course had to try out the Howoldbot to confirm it. Much to my amazement, it got my age correct (minus 10 days). Well, the picture was taken a couple of years ago, so I guess I am an early maturer!   Reaching this milestone has triggered my long standing […]

Assessing teachers’ digital competencies

Sat, 25 Apr 2015 06:37:10 +0000

I had the pleasure to spend a couple of days with faculty and students at the Centre for Educational Technology at Tallinn University here in Estonia. My host Mart Laanpere, showed me a number of very interesting projects. Driven by similar motives to our work on the Athabasca Landing , they have developed LePress system […]