I just spent the last two days at an educational technology workshop, ETUG. Ed Tech professionals from around BC came to the UBC Okanagan campus in beautiful Kelowna, BC to connect and share ideas and technology. I’ve attended education events and conferences before, and I have left those events feeling energized, inspired and excited about what I could take back to my work. Attending such an events like the Tableau conference is inspiring. At Tableau, I’m surrounded by people who think like me, who are excited to use data to inspire change, to create awareness. I am always riding a high when I leave that conference.
This is part of my current portfolio for my Master of Education in Distance Education at Athabasca University.
In this article, the author talks about the challenges and barriers facing Open Educational Resources (OER) adoption and provides a framework for OER adoption that practitioners can follow. He begins the article by discussing how Open Educational Practice (OEP) is a relatively new concept that doesn’t have enough research-based evidence to support it at the practitioner level. Because of this, OER use is hindered due to lack of knowledge, as many course resources are commercially published. The author explains that OER presents itself as a self-proclaimed social good, but again, does not have enough awareness or research-led evidence to support itself. There is not enough coverage on how to properly implement it at an institutional level, nor are the difficulties that practitioners have at using and reusing open resources well known.
I have mentioned before that my background is in analytics. When I say analytics, I mean getting data to tell you a story, looking past what is being reported and really find out what the data is trying to tell you. Taking a set of numbers on a page and finding the history and potential future behind them.
The title above is a quote from a classic movie from my adolescent years, Empire Records. If you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. To me, this movie encompasses my teenage years. It’s something I can always look back on with fond memories. I see it relating to what is happening around me.
The movie focuses around a group of misfits who work at a record store. In many ways, I see it (sort of) mirroring myself and the misfits I work with. Continue reading “Damn the man! Save the Empire!”
I have recently started a new position at TRU Open Learning as the E-Learning Facilitator, or as I’m calling it:
- Colin 2.0 beta (My predecessor was Colin Madland who has recently moved to TWU, so we say I’m the new, maybe not improved, version of him…we’re still in the testing phase so we’ll see if I ever move out of beta)
- eLF (acronym for my lengthy title – in high school I wanted to be an elf from LOTR so it kinda feels like I’ve achieved something by getting to be in this role)
And now what to do with it…