Author Archives: Owen

Congratulations and Farewell!

Hi Folks,

Here, we are  at the end.  If I could change any one thing, I would have had only more time to speak with you individually and more time to discuss and learn  together. But, I also know that we did well for the time we were given.

I hope you all found the experience, and the investment of your time, valuable. I struggled with  wanting to schedule one more synchronous meeting. In the end, I decided there was both too much and not enough to justify one more session. I know this is a very busy time of year for all so I weighed the decision very carefully and came down on the side of letting go.

Please feel free to leave any parting comments or suggests here, or email to me privately if you’d like. I’d love to have your feedback as to what worked well, what was most valuable to you, what was the least, etc.. Please do share.

With that –  I wish you all the best for the holiday season, and wish you each a great future. You were  a pleasure to work with and learn from. You’ve brought much to the classroom, to our conversations, and extended my learning in many directions. I thank you all for your hard work.

Best wishes and congratulations on completing ED 655 Online Pedagogy!




Almost There!

Hey Folks,

I see some great work coming in and some great discussions. Wonderful.

For those of you who have your assignments completed – Congratulations! Please hang around a bit longer and comment on the works of your peers.  I’m going to try and schedule one last synchronous meeting via Collaborate before the end of the term. Keep an eye out for the Doodle Poll and I look forward to speaking with you then!




No synchronous session!

Hey Folks,

I’m sensing you guys are feeling stretched pretty thinly here as we round the corner on mid-November. I’m here to encourage you to keep up your good work! We’ve only got a few more weeks and you’re home free!

I think we’ll let this week and next week go as far as a synchronous meetings. Use that time for whatever you need, and I wish you all well.



Emerging Tools Spreadsheet

Howdy Folks,

I cleverly forgot to publish this link to the emerging tools spreadsheet. I apologize for not getting this out earlier. I had a couple of things come up that sent my week sort of screeching toward the guard rails.

Here’s more info on this assignment from Unit 6.1: (note I changed the due date for spreadsheet contributions to Friday)

“Please contribute actively to this brainstorm list by Friday  evening. Review any items on the brainstorm list that you’re unfamiliar with. Fill in your name in the reviewer list for tools you’d like to review personally (you may make this a group project if you want to work collaboratively with someone else–just fill in both names in the column). I would like you to review three different tools. You’ll want to begin tool reviews this week to ensure that you have plenty of time; reports aren’t due until next week.”

Best wishes, Owen

Reflections on Bob’s piece…

Bob’s work in the area  of professional demeanor  reminded me of this famous online copy of Nordstrom’s employee training manual. This is printed on one side of a 4 X 6 card and constitutes the entire HR Manual. The implications are interesting. The first is that we trust you. The second is that you are supported in an educative environment. It is empowering, at the same time that it places tremendous responsibility on the individual. Very interesting from the standpoint of rules regarding learning communities.


Reed College has something they call “the code.” It covers all aspects of student life, such as behavior and academic honesty. Instructors mostly give take-home exams. Students don’t cheat as it would violate “the code”… The code is unwritten by design. Sometimes the  spirit of a guiding principle is more powerful than a legalized verbalization?

Third Synchronous Session!

Hi Folks,

For our third session, I’d like three volunteers to lead your own presentations of about 8 – 10 minutes with about 10 minutes for discussion afterwards. You can use any topic. I’m not so much worried about the content as getting you in the driver’s seat presenting and moderating an online synchronous discussion. Find something of interest to you and then share. This is a low-stakes opportunity. Truly, there is no failure here. 🙂 Have some fun and share something relevant to you.

Please email me if you’d like to volunteer, otherwise I’ll select some candidates.

The Doodle Poll survey went out yesterday. If you missed it, here’s the link. Right now, it is looking like Monday evening (10/13) will work for folks.

Thanks and have a good weekend!

Good work!

Howdy Folks,

I see a lot of great work you all turned in this weekend! Super! Make sure to take some time with the work of your peers and offer your thoughts and insights there  as well.

I’ll send out a survey for our next synchronous meeting soon – probably tomorrow.

We had our first real snowfall in Fairbanks over the weekend. For those of you in Fairbanks – stay safe out there.


Looking forward to our meeting this afternoon…

Howdy Folks,

Just a reminder that we have a Blackboard Collaborate session planned for this afternoon from 5 – 6 PM AST.

Looking forward to our discussions. On the table: connectivism, online education in K-12, unique barriers within online education, VCAs, and CASA, online labs…and more.

You can find the link under “Blackboard Collaborate” on your Blackboard course menu. Within that screen, toward the bottom, you’ll notice “Scheduled Sessions” and within there you’ll notice a link to today’s session.