UofC Collaborating for Learning Conference 2013

The Teaching & Learning Centre at the University of Calgary is putting on a conference on May 15-16 2013, intended to bring together people who are interested in collaboration for learning (and teaching).

Collaboration for learning

Dr. Gary Poole is the keynote speaker, and the call for proposals is out (closing March 1 2013). Hopefully, we’ll see a good mix of folks from various fields. (yes, I mean you. vain.)

the team

2011 05 09 the team

we had to take a photo for an article about our SEED course design grant program. unfortunately, we didn’t have any notice that we’d need a photo, so we wound up posing for a snapshot after a meeting. the office DSLR was in use off campus, so my iPhone camera was all we had handy. this’ll have to do…

(photo by Alex Brierly)

dude, I got a dell

2011 04 21 dude I got a dell

My trusty old Mac Pro finally gave up the ghost, and IT replaced it with a Dell Latitude e6410 laptop.

I’m going to be spending some time getting familiar with Windows 7. The thing came with a 24″ LCD, and a docking station that had two DVI ports, so I slapped in a 20″ Cinema Display as well. Not sure how well a laptop will be able to drive 44″ of display, but I’ll find out soon…

I dropped Safari and iTunes onto it quickly, and set it up to sync with MobileMe, iDisk, DropBox, Evernote, etc… so my stuff was there pretty quickly.


I was interviewed by Reg Sherren for the CBC National News. He called me about a blog post I wrote in 2008 on my dislike of Earth Day, and we talked about some of the issues (greenwashing, real sustainable change, how a one day event may be short circuiting real change, etc…)

Then he had me read the first part of the post. I hope that’s not the only segment of the interview they use – ranting blogger rants! Film at 11!



Me, presenting the “Identity in the Open Classroom” session for the From Courses to Dis/course: Exploring the Future of Courses online conference. I picked a topic that I’ve been thinking about, but hadn’t done much with, so it gave me a chance to pour through research and writing on the subject and put together a presentation. I think it went OK, and there was great discussion.