Author Archives: Owen

Online Labs?

While we are on the subject of inherent strengths and weaknesses of various mediums (face-to-face, blended, online), what do you all think of lab courses? I had an interesting conversation with a veteran faculty member that left  me with  the following question:

Can substantial lab-based learning experiences be designed for online courses?


Synchronous Meeting #2 – Monday Sept. 29

Greetings All,

Looks like our best bet for our next synchronous meeting is Monday, September 29th, from 5-6 PM AST.

I’ll set up the Collaborate session, it should be a good discussion and I’m looking forward to it.  Tulsi and Alda, if you can drop in for a portion – that would be great. If not, I’ll post the recording and try to schedule our next meeting at a time convenient for you.

See you then!



Second Synchronous Session

Howdy folks,

If you haven’t already responded to the scheduling poll, please do so. Here’s the link.

Looks like we have several great topics including; online education in the K-12 arena, whether or not there are unique barriers within online education, VCAs, and CASA…lots of great stuff.

Looking forward to our discussion and keep up the great work reading giving feedback on each posts.


Interesting Online Course

Realized by Gates foundation funds, this is David Christian’s “Big History” course  online. There are several really nice design aspects, but I sadly haven’t found much in the way of interactivity. It does feature badges for passing some simple quizzes, and an actual sticker for completing the whole course…
But, is this really a course? Is it an online media product? Is there a difference? Is it interactive? Does it involve learning communities?
At least one person is alarmed by Gates funding such a project…

Evening sky in Fairbanks 9/15/2014

First Synchronous Session Recording

Greetings Everyone,

Nice speaking with you all on Tuesday evening. Here’s the recording of our session in case you missed it need to refer back.

We briefly discussed my expectations for your upcoming weekly writings and article reviews assignments. I’d also like to highlight the rubrics for  weekly writing and your article reviews.

Please also remember the importance of community participation, especially through your posts and comments on the posts of your peers.

I look forward to seeing this week’s work!




First Synchronous Session – Poll Results!

Greetings Everyone!

survey-saysThe results are in and we have arrived at a consensus! Looks like we’re meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, September 9th) at 5:00 PM, Alaska Standard Time. We will use Blackboard Collaborate. You will find the link to the session under “Blackboard Collaborate” within this course in Blackboard.

You’ll want to download the Collaborate Launcher well before trying to join our session – it is an 85 MB download. You’ll be prompted for the download when you try and join.  Tbbcolaboratehe “room” is already open, so feel free to join today or earlier tomorrow and test out your connection. It is always a good idea to connect to a synchronous session at least 10 minutes early.

Also, a  couple folks have asked about the article reviews: I’m looking for your critical analysis of the research, findings, methods, and overall significance of the work. When you’re done, please post to the blog under the category, “article review.”

As ever, don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

See you all tomorrow (virtually)!



Here’s the public link to our session. It is better to join through Blackboard if you are able. If you are not – give this a try.

Doodle Poll Coming Soon

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Welcome everyone. Nice job on the introductions – keep up the good work! I’ll send out a Doodle Poll tomorrow (Friday) for our first synchronous meeting. We’ll try to schedule that for next week. This was dawn in Fairbanks this morning. -Owen

Welcome to Online Pedagogy!

It is my pleasure to welcome you to ED F655: Online Pedagogy. This is a  University of Alaska Fairbanks  (UAF) course, being offered through  UAF eCampus and Distance Education.

I’m looking forward to working with you this semester and I hope  you find the study of quality online teaching and learning experiences as interesting and inspiring as I do!

To get started, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with this site. (The main navigation is at the top of the page: Home, Syllabus, Assignments, Schedule, Rubrics, Blackboard.) Read the syllabus and look over the schedule. You’ll also want to verify that you can successfully log into Blackboard. When you’re ready to begin the course, go to the Orientation page of this site (located under Assignments) to get started. Don’t delay! Your first assignments are due by midnight September 6.