2021 Week 19

So… nobody reads blogs anymore. RSS is dead. There are maybe 3 people that I know who read this, in addition to myself. Why do I keep posting these? Because it helps me to document what I’m working on, and to think out loud a little. I refer to these weekly things pretty often, mining them for links or articles etc. And this format is much more useful to me than 250 characters of noise on social media.

⚙️ Work

The posting for the Learning Technologies Specialist position closed on Wednesday. Lots of applicants to review to identify a shortlist of candidates to proceed to interviews with…

The 2021 University of Calgary Conference on Post-Secondary Learning and Teaching was this week.

TIConf2021 stats

The conference hashtag was pretty active.

I wound up with several pages of notes from the conference. I need to take some time to think about mentorship vs. supervision (maybe in addition to?) and how I can be more active both as mentee and mentor.

One of the last sessions I went to was on using peer mentorship and game play. This has huge overlap with my PhD topics, so I’ll be following up on a bunch of things they were talking about - including some readings. And many of the readings are from proceedings of previous years of the University of Calgary Conference on Post-Secondary Learning and Teaching…

🤔 PhD

I did some more work on coding the transcripts, and am starting to step back to try to see what that coding says.

Also, it’s annual performance reporting time…

📚 Reading

From the conference

Held, M. B. (2019). Decolonizing research paradigms in the context of settler colonialism: An unsettling, mutual, and collaborative effort. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 18, 1609406918821574.

Kirkness, V. J., & Barnhardt, R. (2001). First Nations and Higher Education: The Four R’s-Respect, Relevance, Reciprocity, Responsibility. Knowledge Across Cultures: A Contribution to Dialogue Among Civilizations. Comparative Education Research Centre, The University of Hong Kong.

W. Gatti Jr., E. Marasco, B. Kim, L. Behjat. (2020). Supporting design thinking through a game-based pedagogy in entrepreneurship education. Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching.

M. Moussavi, Y. Amannejad, M. Moshirpour, E. Marasco, L. Behjat. (2020). Importance of Data Analytics for Improving Teaching and Learning Methods. in Data Management and Analysis: Case Studies in Education, Healthcare and Beyond. R. Alhajj, M. Moshirpour, B. Far, Eds. Springer, 2020, ch. 6.

E. Marasco, L. Behjat, R. Kelly, S. Maguire. (2019). Creative crossroads: Combining engineering and arts for creative development. Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching.

E. Marasco, W. Gatti Jr., B. Kim, L. Behjat, M. Eggermont. (2017). Curious conversations: Using game-based learning to develop creative culture within technical courses. Papers on Postsecondary Learning and Teaching.


InSpace is an interesting-looking videoconferencing tool, like if Zoom and Jamboard had a baby. They just announced a “toxicity filter” that uses Tensorflow AI to detect shitty behaviour and try to tamp it down. It’s AI, so who knows. 1

And it’s been snowing and raining, so I’m back to riding my bike in the basement. Hopefully this clears up by next weekend so I can get back out on the roads…

🗓️ Focus for next week

  • reviewing applicants for LTS:PI
  • Zoom “business review” meeting

  1. the article for that announcement was in a shiny website that used javascript to load blog posts on a page without exposing the URL to the article directly. I had to use the “tweet” share button to snag the shareable URL, only to have Twitter complain that I need to create an account. I miss when the internet kind of worked well. ↩︎

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