photo credit: Luis Alfonso Orellana on Unsplash I’ve been fortunate to join and work with a great group in the open online course called Open Networked Learning (ONL). We are joining from Brazil, Finland, Germany, South Africa, Sweden and the US. Some are Open Learners; others have university affiliations. For the past two weeks, my ONL group […]
The ONL entries are related to the Online Learning Network. ONL began in 2012 with the work Lars Uhlin of Karolinska Institutet, Sweden and Chrissi Nerantzi of Manchester Metropolitan University, UK and Maria Kvarnstöm also of Karolinska Institutet. This fall I’m excited to be a part of the Open Network Learning (OLN). My understanding of […]
When teaching, I often think about the physical aspect of how teachers and learners begin the experience. From the very moment students enter the space there are overt and subtle messages about how this experience will unfold. This is also true with online learning as well. The instructor defines many aspects of the learning space; […]
We hear about the importance of creating a safe and supportive learning environment often. Typically ice breakers serve as a way to help students feel more relaxed, learn about each other and ease into learning.
Code switching is just a fancy way to talk about the way we use language – one or more – ways of speaking and choice of words to connect and fit in. When I was kid I grew up in a very poor neighborhood with the kind of address that when you declare it, evokes […]
Connie Malamed maintains a comprehensive, well organized and informative site called the eLearning Coach. I recently found this article and used this list of ten qualities to consider these qualities in relation to teaching and also determine how one might develop these qualities where needed. Three of the qualities stood out to me as a […]
During the spring and summer I teach parents of English language learners in Massachusetts public schools. This is one part of my work that I enjoy immensely. I have complete freedom to determine curriculum and content and prefer to facilitate a discussion around topics rather than teach. Typically, twelve to eighteen parents attend and often […]