by Elizabeth Childs.  

Hello Everyone!

I hope this note finds you having a great weekend. I just wanted to say many thanks to all of you who were able to make time for our first Book Club discussion. It was so lovely to see you and to spent time together discussing Martin Weller’s book the 25 years of Ed Tech. Like you I so appreciated the serialized audio version that BC Campus did and have found the “between the chapters” podcasts really thought provoking as well.

I have a few things to follow up on that came out of both of the Book Club #1 conversations this week:

1.     The book that I was mentioning re: what do we choose to bring forward/leave behind at times of transition is titled,

a.     The End of Absence; reclaiming what we have lost in a world of constant connection by Michael Harris. You can find a e book or a text  copy here in the RRU library if you are interested.

2.     The article I was referring to re: speculative futures on AI is below. Enjoy the read ;)

a.     Bozkurt et. Al 2023 article Speculative Futures on Chat GPT and generative AI 


3.     A few themes came out of the conversations this week that I offered to see if we can have some guest speaker sessions on:

a.      Blockchain

b.     AI, big data and tracking etc.

                                               i.     I will work to find  a guest speaker who can join us and will keep you posted but in the meantime, I serendipitously came across this podcast featuring Chris Olah re: what is going on inside neutral networks that might be interesting to some of you  

c.     Gamification

d.     Open and Open Educational Resources – current status and where the field is going

                                               i.     I referenced the HE for Good book when discussing this in the Saturday book club. I will let you know as soon as it is published.

4.     I also mentioned that I would send along a link to the OTESSA journal and organization – you can find out more about them here. A great addition to the Canadian Society for the Study of Education

And last but not least, I came across this article the other day and thought that it might be another good one to put into the mix going forward.

Mayer, R. E. (2019). Thirty years of research on online learning. Applied Cognitive Psychology33(2), 152–159.

For those of you who are interested, I was also able to find the paper I mentioned re: history of DE in K-12 in Canada and I have uploaded it to our Moodle shell – enjoy!

Also, last bit of newsy updates, BC Campus just announced its research speaker series for the fall which might be interesting to you.

Okay, I think that is about it from my end for now. Have a wonderful weekend and I will send along our Moving into Unit 2 message shortly.

Have a great day!