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  • The BBC's Shipping Forecast is one of the great binding traditions of British culture that has been many a Brit's lullaby since time immemorial (ie. long before I was born). Though I never once paid attention to its content in all the decades I...
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  • Jon Dron commented on the file Jon Dron May 29, 2018 - 3:44pm
    Hi Jeff - sorry for the delay, lots going on. I'm aiming to have marking finished by the end of this week so you shouldn't have to wait much longer! best Jon  
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  • Thanks Jennifer. Daniel Pink uses self-determination theory a lot in his writing. My personal favourite writer and speaker on the topic is Alfie Kohn. His book 'Punished by Rewards' should be required reading for all parents, teachers and...
  • Thanks Jennifer! The cooperative teaching pattern involves people doing things for their own benefit and sharing them, as distinct from a collaborative pattern in which a group works together for a common goal. It's the only way to do the social...
  • Sure, Daryl - A traditional LMS course is quite static. Apart from in limited microhabitats like FAQs and forums, mostly the environment reflects the teacher's (or course team's) own design decisions. If it changes, it is because the design team...
  • Terrible network problems, sorry - if this fails, try https://t.co/lPcC8U73Qq - works for me.  
  • Reposted after technical difficulties first time round... Slides from my talk at the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows World Summit 2018 in Halifax, NS, May 2018. In this I discuss the motivational strengths and weaknesses of...
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    • >>...because it is very rare for two people to be at the same point and working at the same pace. 

      Ah that makes sense with my experience so far as well as it's not just students having different start times, but also some may do five courses a semester taking 4-6 months whereas some may try to complete one course every month or two.

      >>If students are doing things that interest them and are not being too overtly manipulated, rewarded or punished (which is death to intrinsic motivation)...

      So agreed. I really enjoyed Daniel Pink's talks years ago on the limits of carrot and stick motivation as well as a couple of his books I read during a post grad certificate in Career Development.

      And likewise, I've especially been enjoying project-based courses such as COMP444 and your COMP266. Being able to choose a project and focus of research/learning (providing we map to the learning objectives) is much more satisfying and engaging than, for example, courses where the exams are 100% multiple choice requiring regurgitating facts rather than applying knowledge or doing any real thinking.

      Also, thank you for the links. I have bookmarked them for now, but will surely read them once I've made more progress on COMP266. :)

      Jennifer Davies May 10, 2018 - 6:08pm

    • Thanks Jennifer. Daniel Pink uses self-determination theory a lot in his writing. My personal favourite writer and speaker on the topic is Alfie Kohn. His book 'Punished by Rewards' should be required reading for all parents, teachers and educational administrators, I think, but virtually all his work is brilliant.

       

      Jon Dron May 10, 2018 - 8:30pm

    • Nice. I recognize some of those book titles/topics, but don't believe I've read any of them as of yet. Thank you for the suggestion -- it's really thoughtful of you. :)

      And now I'm trying to decide whether next to take COMP306 (as I'm currently doing a Lynda.com course on C++) or get Punished by Rewards and take EDPY200 Educational Psych for my Learning Tech minor.

      (C++ will probably win out due to timing...unless I go with a 3rd option and work on some core CIS courses. hehe)

      Edit: I'm going to sign up for that C++ course now. As I'm already working on the Lynda.com course, it will be nice to have the assignments for COMP306 to work on at the same time. :)

      Jennifer Davies May 10, 2018 - 8:50pm

  • Slides from my talk at the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows World Summit 2018 in Halifax, NS, May 2018. In this I discuss the motivational strengths and weaknesses of self-paced courses for both learners and teachers, and ways...
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    • Hi Jon,

      I am having the same problem with the file.

      Gerald Ardito May 4, 2018 - 1:45pm

    • Terrible network problems, sorry - if this fails, try https://t.co/lPcC8U73Qq - works for me.

       

      Jon Dron May 5, 2018 - 7:09am

    • Jon,

      I was able to access thepresentation at last.

      I really enjoyed it and appreciated the informal nature of the presentation, which seemed really appropriate to talking about a learning environment that learns.

      I found this piece  earlier this week. I was struck by (and related to) the description of teachers has typically very little autonomy. 

      Gerald Ardito May 5, 2018 - 8:28am

  • One thing that bothers me a bit about TBL's stance is that such clustering will occur no matter how open and distributed the network - it's built into the very nature of the web that he designed. Subreddits are functionally equivalent to websites...