Athabasca Landing

December 11, 2013 – 5:10pm

I wonder what happened when Eaton’s first sent out a catalogue instead of having customers come inside the store?  Was that a radical departure from the closed shop protectionistic fears of the day?  A catalogue exposed all the products and prices of the goods.  There was no haggling or under the counter trading, just acceptance of what was.

Perhaps that is what Canadian educational institutions will have to go through with LMS.  The paradigm shift from a closed shop to an open shop is not a lot different from joining the edu-mall with an open catalogue.  The accreditation doesn’t change, the content will inevitably be forced to be current with quality, and the delivery will still require dedicated and savy DE educators.

So what’s stopping educational institutions from moving to Canvas LMS now?  The evolution of the service is at a level of usefulness that I find hard to ignore.  The platform is open-source so future proofing is possible.

Certainly commercial lobbyist ala politicians have no doubt played a part in the digital landscape of Canada, however, as taxpayers, do you really want to be paying for software applications that are freely available and in many ways are better; rather than allocating funding towards human resources for content design, development, and delivery?

Simon Fraser University, Lethbridge College, and many others are now seeing the potential of the MOOC; and if done right, will succeed.


Learning – from requirement to desire
September 19, 2013 – 5:43pm

As I travel across Canada and explore the learning centres for adults, I sense a tide of anticipation for the next wave of innovative pedagogy.  Like the news pushing MOOCS as an attractive freebie (if you ignore the attrition rates, or ownership of content)…but I digress. Attachment to a particular technology is as dangerous as farming monocultures.

Thus I reflect on what innovative pedagogy is, thankfully Google does all the thinking now and sure enough there is someone who has already blogged it:

I basically agreed with everything stated in the article by Tim Beardsley, Gara Latchanna, and Kamala Devi.

Then I tripped in Youtube on a sample application of the aforementioned “innovation”:

The Big Mistake in Elearning –

Athabasca Landing

Pushing vs pulling media receptors
February 6, 2013 – 4:16pm

Tony Bate’s article “No. 1 aha moment: media are different” ( reminded me of active versus passive learning….which led me to what media would have the greatest impact… perhaps the message that has the shortest distance to travel to the brain.  Ideally the message would be ingested directly, but a Tekwar headset device (“tek” would provide a non-invasive procedure.

Back to the future of 2013 where moving images and sound are projected from a 2D surface, is video media pushing the message to your visual receptors?  At what point do you begin to pull the message to your visual receptors?… when the image gets cloudy or static?

Does paper present a weaker push signal and a stronger pull signal to receptors?

Is there any relationship between push/pull and passive/active learning?

What would force a pull condition over a push?  Socratic vs Nanny state?

How do you make the message activate the cortex to action…at least to flight or fight as opposed to inanimate object?

The Message ….