A Critical Gradebook

Background

Flickr Image: Esther's Gradebook
“Esther’s Gradebook” flickr photo by Cat Sidh https://flickr.com/photos/cat-sidh/464455787 shared under a Creative Commons (BY) license

Back in 2015 I made a switch to a  via FeedWordPress. The plumbing of how to do this was all thanks to the genius of our good friend Alan Levine. Check out Alan’s multi-post series “Feed WordPress 101: Installing and Setting Up The Machine” which gives you all the details on how to set this up. You can also go back to my post in January 2015 when I started this adventure “A New Semester, A New Year“.

While digging up links to include in that background I found this post (“Conversation with Alan Levine, Pedagogical Technologist”) with a video courtesy of Howard Rheingold interviewing Alan in 2014 about connected learning. This leads to the deeper history including the work of Martha Burtis, Jim GroomGardner Campbell and the amazing DS106 project/experience/cult and Domain of One’s Own. I also shall not fail to give a glove tap to another colleague and friend who inspired and continues to inspire me in this area: Brian Lamb.

Conversation with Alan Levine, Pedagogical Technologist from Connected Learning Alliance on Vimeo.

Conversation with Alan Levine, Pedagogical Technologist from Connected Learning Alliance on Vimeo.

The Inspiration

Earlier today I caught the end of a conversation on Twitter focused around the work of Laura Gibbs and her use (and struggles) with the gradebook in Canvas LMS.

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A New Semester, A New Year

A New Hope Start

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Click on image for source.

Tomorrow we start another semester and a new year. I am looking forward to another year full of challenges and meeting new students.

Connect All The Things

I moved my course out of my Learning Management System and onto a a site of its own site influenced by the Connected Course setup. I am so glad to have found the work of Jim Groom (@jimgroom) and the rest of the folks in this area. Check out the great example of a connected course at the DS106 site.

Thanks

Another big shoutout to Brian Bennett (@bennettscience) for pointing me in the right direction, to Brian Lamb (@brlamb) for answering my questions on Twitter and an extra big internet hug to Alan Levine (@cogdog) for his helpful blog post series on the plumbing of a connected course. I probably could have done this without them but they all made this so much easier and fun because we are all #betterTogether on the internet.

Schoology First Impressions

19467848_b63feca025_mSurprised by Schoology

As mentioned last week, I’ve moved to Schoology as my LMS (Learning Management System) for my courses this semester. I am teaching a total of four groups across three separate courses which means I put two groups of the same course (Fundamentals of Programming using Python) together.

The biggest win for me so far has been the engagement of my students in discussing the out-of-class assigned videos/readings/activities.  I use a modified WSQ system (Watch/Summarize/Question) but please see Crystal Kirch’s (@crystalkirch on Twitter) explanation on her blog.

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