Pedagogy Article Review 1

After reading George Siemens’s 2005 proposition of Connectivism as the new learning theory of the digital age and Mohammed Ally’s 2008 discussion of online learning theories, I wondered if Connectivism had been accepted and become relevant in the decade since. (I should have had some indication, based on its inclusion in this course, that it had.) I searched for “connectivism” in the Rasmusen Library, and this short, very recent article was the third result.

Utecht, J., Keller, D. (2019). Becoming relevant again: Applying connectivism learning theory to today’s classrooms. Critical Questions in Education, 10(2), 107-119. Retrieved 12 September 2019 from

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PLN Revisited

a diagram of a personal learning network: two concentric circles labeled reflect (inside) and collect (outside) surrounded by arrows and boxes representing connection and sharing

I was hoping to revisit my PLN from the beginning of the semester and find some great evolution or fulfillment, but I don’t think much has changed in the illustration I posted then. I have made some efforts toward a public PLN page on my website, but it is not ready to be published. I have also thought of two things that should have been added to the “Reflect” circle: diaper washing and music.

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A New Course Title

We had a discussion at the beginning of the semester about what this course might better be called. “Web 2.0 Fundamentals: Participate, Produce, Publish” is getting dated. Looking back over the semester, I think that the Personal Learning Network (PLN) was the unifying theme, giving meaning to the Web 2.0 Fundamentals and tools that we engaged during the course. Our domain/blog/eportfolio was the manifestation of that. I think now that a succinct and accurate new title for this course might be “Online Personal Learning Networks and Domains.”

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Collaboration: Reflexion on the Creation of the Class Annotated Bibliography

In the weeks just before Thanksgiving, our class collaborated to create an annotated bibliography of interesting and relevant sources related to teaching with web tools. Seven students, plus the instructor, worked in a shared Google Doc, all with editing privileges. 

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Media Creation: Log Screencast

For my media creation project, I created a screencast. This is something I have done many times before, but this time I used different screen capturing software and uploaded the final product using Kaltura MediaSpace. My previous videos were recorded, edited, and uploaded using Screencast-o-matic or Screencastify; for this one I used the native screen capture feature in MacOS Mojave and edited in iMovie. Always in the past, I have been in too much of a hurry to caption my videos, since they were produced on demand and students needed answers right away, so this was my first time doing that, also.

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Emerging Tools: Toward Paperlessness

treeMy first motivation toward making my classroom paperless was concern for the environment. There is no paper recycling where I taught at the time, and the classes I taught used huge volumes of handouts. My tree hugging was not a good enough reason to change the instructional model of the institution, though, so I had to find a pedagogical justification, and find one I did.

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Collaborative Class Annotated Bibliography

For our latest assignment, our class created a Collaborative Annotated Bibliography (link goes to a shared Google Doc), for which we each contributed three articles on teaching with technology in our own context, then edited the resulting document together. Our goal was to create a list of 15-20 useful resources for each other and other educators.

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Annotated Bibliography Articles

Here are the three articles that I contributed to the annotated bibliography. The links will take you directly to pdf files that you can download and read or read online, if you wish.

Al Ghamdi, Samarji, and Watt: Essential Considerations in Distance Education…

Logan, et al.: The Effect of Individual Motivation and Cognitive Ability…

Power, Braun, and Bersamin: Exploring the Potential…