Landing : Athabascau University


  • Terry Anderson commented on the file Two very proud fathers... January 30, 2017 - 6:57pm
    Welcome Jasper!! We are thrilled to hear of your safe arrival. Congrats to your Mom and Dad.  And even your Grandad and Kess! We are thrilled to have another Dron on the planet! Terry and Susan
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  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire September 28, 2016 - 8:39am
    New US campus social networking tools -many features of Landing. I wonder if adoption will be better than Landing???
  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire June 3, 2016 - 3:56pm
    Congrats to Barbie Bruce for defending her MEd. thesis on AU staff use of the Landing.
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  • Terry Anderson commented on the blog Humpback whale in English Bay April 10, 2016 - 11:18am
    Did you make an appointment with the whale for next week when I will be there?? Terry
  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire January 18, 2016 - 12:49pm
    A grad student and a supervsor go into a bar. The supervsior orders a rough draft. Then 12 months of awkward silence.
  • Terry Anderson published a blog post A 4th Presence for the Community of Inquiry?? January 6, 2016 - 10:20am
    The Community of Inquiry has emerged as the most widely referenced (the seminal 1999 article approaches 3,000 citations) and arguably the most widely used model for constructivist based e-learning design and research. I’ve always...
    • Re: " indefinite number of things that likely have no direct bearing on learning like use of nouns, short sentences, words beginning with 'A' and so on. Hard to know where to stop."


      As an educator of English as a Second Language, I had to single out the statement above.  I would need more time to comment on it.

      Regarding the sets/subsets mentioned, I find that as (human) agents with the capacity to consciously and unconsciously (subconsciously?) make decisions, we so choose our depth/shallowness as we maintain an online presence.

      As I read (more, and more, and more...) some of the literature for 802, I pause and reflect on how my own learners must 'feel' when they willingly choose to search for knowledge in our online tasks; how they choose to reflect on what worked/what didn't; and how they react toward the experience. 

      As agents, we belong to the social world where feelings - more often than not - shape and guide our actions. Therefore, the emotional presence may be on a category of its own (perhaps, a new topic for doctoral research with a post-constructivist underpinning?).

      Rita Zuba Prokopetz January 8, 2016 - 10:17pm

    • I'd not thought about ESL. On reflection, there is probably nothing that couldn't potentially make a difference to some learners, sometimes. It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it.

      I agree - the emotional aspect is crucial in all learning (at least from an individual's perspective, even if it is not made visible in a discussion) and, sometimes, is by far the most significant part. I also think that it could qualify as a presence in a CoI, by the implicit definition of 'presence' in the COI model, because it is something that can be discoverable in a learning dialogue. Perhaps there's a more general 'affective presence' that might encompass this, and perhaps that also encompasses teaching and social presence, and maybe agency. Or maybe we could narrow it down to a more neutral 'sentiment presence' (which clarifies that it is about what is expressed rather than what is felt).

      The more I think on it, though, the more I think we are in the realm of Wittgensteinian language games and family resemblances. There are countless facets and dimensions that may be significant or insignificant in different learning contexts, of which social, teaching and cognitive presence are only a few, any one of which might be missing (well - I am not sure about teaching presence, in its loosest, distributed cognition sense, but if we are using it that way then it leads to a tautology and tells us nothing). This is a lot like trying to define what we mean by 'game' - any definition we can conceivably come up with will admit to exceptions. There is and can be no common feature set that describes all games, nor all communities of inquiry, but we all generally recognize one when we see one. And, of course, it is very valuable to have discussions about the definitions that we do come up with, even though none can actually be truly definitional.

      This conversation is, incidentally, a nice example of a CoI!

      Jon Dron January 9, 2016 - 11:25am

    • For me, the real value of a model is that it provides a useful conceptual vocabulary and generates this kind of discussion. Humans seem to like trinities, which may be part of the appeal of the COI model.

      Mary Pringle January 9, 2016 - 12:09pm

  • Terry Anderson uploaded the file My 2016 Long Winded, 30 page CV December 3, 2015 - 8:18am
  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire November 17, 2015 - 6:08am
  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire September 8, 2015 - 7:53am
    Lawrence Lessig, Harvard prof, Creative Commons founder and Hon Dr. at Athbasca runs for President. see
  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire May 2, 2015 - 1:03am
    Great new issue of IRRODL with 16 dist. educ. articles from around the globe!
  • Terry Anderson commented on a bookmark » Assessing teachers’ digital competencies Virtual Canuck April 28, 2015 - 11:27pm
    I look forward to seeing and hearing how this elgg application works Jon. Indeed the idea of hypothesis generation as the final phase of a design based research project is the "sceiency" way to think and talk about research. But it is to get away...
  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire April 1, 2015 - 8:28am
    RUSC Special Issue call, The Internet & Online Pedagogy (deadline 30/11/15) Is the media the message?
  • Terry Anderson posted to the wire March 31, 2015 - 9:38am
    We are nominating Jon Dron (Creator of Landing) for Cunningham teaching award & seeking short endorsements. email me
  • Terry Anderson published a blog post Education Innovation Research Seniminar in the group Centre for Distance Education (CDE) March 23, 2015 - 4:56pm
    EIRS 2015 Hosted by Athabasca University's Center for Distance Education Education innovation and research provide development opportunities and improvements in education. The symposium seeks to share what educators are doing to improve practice,...
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