Posts Categorized: Learning

Meritus University in New Brunswick

Meritus University is now the third fourth private online university in New Brunswick, joining Lansbridge [update: Lansbridge lost its degree granting status in August 2010] and Yorkville Universities [and the University of Fredericton]. Meritus is owned by the Apollo Group which also owns the University of Phoenix. Locally, the Federation of New Brunswick Faculty Associations,… Read more »

Mahara open source e-portfolio

My friend Benoit Brosseau told me about Mahara, which seems to fill a growing demand for e-portfolios in education. I like their approach: What makes Mahara different from other ePortfolio systems is that you control which items and what information (Artefacts) within your portfolio other users see. In order to facilitate this access control, all… Read more »

Learning professionals as first responders

When I was in the Canadian Forces Medical Services much of my work was in preparation for mass casualty situations, such as would happen in a conflict. Hospitals and medical personnel train for mass casualty situations because the rules are a bit different from the standard admission process. You are overwhelmed with casualties and the… Read more »

Negotiating the mesh of social meaning

I finally got around to reading Everything Is Miscellaneous: The Power of the New Digital Disorder by David Weinberger. I thought that I understood the premise and contents fairly well from my readings on the Web but I was pleasantly surprised by this book, which is now available in paperback. There is lots here that… Read more »

OLDaily Summer Edition

For the next month I’ll be a co-editor of Stephen Downes’ OLDaily newsletter, with Barry Dahl and Gary Woodill. This will probably mean fewer posts on this blog. I’m looking forward to the challenge of an enforced daily posting. My own blog averages about a post per day but if I don’t feel like writing… Read more »

Learning content should be hackable

Early in my training/education career I did a bit of content development; some classroom training, a couple of web-based courses, and some CBT. I found content development rather boring and have spent the last decade focusing on analysis (what would be best?) and evaluation (how does the current program work?)  George Siemens raises a good… Read more »

Language learning leads the way

A few months ago, I wrote that the dominant education business model may suffer the same fate as the manufacturing industry –  commoditization. At a certain point in time (2008?) the cost-benefits of a university education will be put in question. How expensive does it have to be before the majority opt out or look… Read more »

the community is the curriculum

The title of this post comes from a line in Dave Cormier’s article on Rhizomatic Education published in Innovate: Journal of Online Education [free but registration required, and I’m not sure why they insist on this additional hurdle for access]. Why rhizomatic? A rhizomatic plant has no center and no defined boundary; rather, it is… Read more »

PKM – Personally Managing Your Knowledge

Note: More recent version here. This post marks my first direct link to the newly created Work Literacy site. Learning is an individual activity that often happens with and is supported by others. We may learn on our own but usually not by ourselves. Unless we live on a desert island, we learn socially. In… Read more »