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MicroSCoPE: February, 2008 Issue

 
 
 
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MicroSCoPE: February, 2008 Issue
by Sylvia Currie - Thursday, 7 February 2008, 1:04 PM
 
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MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
February, 2008
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In This Issue
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1. February SCoPE Activities
2. Mark Your Calendars
3. Activity Recap
4. New SIGs
5. PeriSCoPE
6. Collaborating Partnerships
7. About SCoPE
8. About MicroSCoPE

1. February SCoPE Activities
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* Seminar: Key Competencies for Second Life Moderators - Starts today!
Facilitator: Gilly Salmon
February 7 - 16, 2008
Many educators are familiar with Salmon's 5 stage model for e-moderating. How should this model be revised for Second Life moderators? Gilly invites all SCoPE members to join her in a 10-day discussion to identify the key competencies required of moderators in a virtual world. This work will inform the upcoming SL training for moderators, as part of the MOOSE project (MOdelling Of SecondLife Environments).
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=868

* Live Session: Social Media: Benefits for Researchers
Facilitator: Ignatia de Waard
Live Session Moderator: Mark Cruthers
February 14, 2008 5:00 a.m. PST, GMT +1
Join Ignatia for a discussion on the benefits of social media for researchers. This session is moderated by Mark Cruthers and organized in collaboration with WiZiQ, a free, state-of-the-art virtual classroom platform. Planning is underway to schedule a follow-on seminar discussion on social media for reearchers. This live session will give us a taste of more to come!
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/calendar/view.php?view=upcoming

* Seminar and Live Session: Teaching and Learning Centres Revisited
Facilitators: Vivian Neal and Alice Cassidy
Live Session Moderator: Amy Severson
February 18 - 24, 2008
In the summer of 2007, SCoPE members took part in an international dialogue about the range of programs and services offered at teaching and learning centres (TLCs) in post secondary institutions. During this one-week seminar in February we will revisit this topic to expand and compare the list of programs and services offered through TLCs. This seminar coincides with a live session planned in conjunction with the 2008 Educational Developers Caucus organized by Kwantlen University College and Simon Fraser University. Everyone is invited to attend the Elluminate session on February 22 11:00 PST, GMT -8 which will be broadcast live from the EDC conference.
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=773

2. Mark Your Calendars
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* SCoPE Seminar: First Nations Pedagogy for Online Learning
Facilitator: June Kaminski
March 3 - 31, 2008
Many campuses and support units have special programs in place to ensure success of Aboriginal learners, recognizing that a supportive environment will contribute to a positive educational experience. However, online delivery of courses specifically targeting Aboriginal learners is relatively new and is on the increase. The question of what this means in terms of course design, instructional strategies, and building supportive learning communities, remains a challenge to many instructors. This seminar discussion marks the launch of the First Nations Pedagogy for Online Learning Project funded by BCcampus.ca and led by Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in partnership with Kwantlen University College.
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=373

* SCoPE Seminar: Rethinking Teaching in the Sciences
Facilitator: Gina Bennett
April 7 - 27, 2008
This seminar is the first in a "rethinking teaching" series. New techniques and new technologies enable us to teach science in exciting new ways. Or do they? Can science be taught at a distance? What exactly is science education, anyway? Join us for our second seminar discussion organized in collaboration with the British Columbia Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG)
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=757

* If you would like an event to be listed, please contact Sylvia Currie scurrie@sfu.ca. Check the SCoPE calendar for a full list of online events that will be of interest to members.
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/calendar/view.php?view=upcoming

3. Activity Recap
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* Seminar: Intellectual Property
Facilitator: Dan McGuire
January 9 - 29, 2008
The questions related to intellectual property are endless, and the answers can be unclear. Who owns online courses? What materials can be used, and how can they be used? What are the risks of 'cut and paste' when designing your course? Dan warned us that there are no easy answers to these questions-- that "every case is truly unique, with many differing yet valid answers". Was he ever right!
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=749

* Online Conference: Platforms for Communities of Practice - Long Live the Platform
January 14 - February 1, 2008
What's the best platform on which communities of practice can gather? During this three-week conference we looked at many different platforms (new and old) through the eyes of their communities. Our virtual field trips caused us to both question and defend the platform, and fed our imaginations with what is possible.
...more http://www.cpsquare.org/

SCoPE seminars are always available for reading and afterthoughts. Access all past seminar discussions
... http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=8#section-3

4. New SIGs
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Two new private Special Interest Groups are getting established at SCoPE.

* English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance Program
This SIG, facilitated by Marissa Thola, of the British Columbia Ministry of Advanced Education Learning Programs Branch, is a for instructors in English as a Second Language Settlement Assistance, a program for new immigrants and refugees to Canada.

* British Columbia Aboriginal Post-Secondary Coordinators
This SIG is a gathering place for individuals working as Aboriginal Post-Secondary Coordinators across the province to share resources, strategies, and best practices.

5. PeriSCoPE
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* Deirdre Bonnycastle has posted the latest Active Learning Blog Carnival. This months Big Question is "How do you and your students assess how well they are achieving the course goals/objectives/learning plan?". Take a minute to add your comments!
...http://activelearningcarnival.blogspot.com/

* Introducing McToonish, a podcast about education, instructional design, and social capital. This new series is produced by Heather Ross who, as a newbie to creating podcasts, will no doubt give us a glimpse of her experiences throughout the development process. First challenge: barking dogs in the background! smile SCoPE was mentioned in her first episode, and will be a topic of discussion in the future.
... http://mctoonish.podbean.com/

* In response to an unusually large number of requests from SCoPE members who are seeking employment, we now have a SCoPE group at Linkedin. This may help to connect individuals who are interested in employment in education or connecting professionally on projects. Request to join are handled manually, so your patience is appreciated!
...http://www.linkedin.com/e/gis/53160/59AA9D18E4D3

* Follow SCoPE on Twitter
... http://twitter.com/scope_community

* The SCoPE Facebook group and member networking is proving to be an interesting way to keep up with members' activities and to discuss our work together. Stop by to write on the wall or start a discussion topic.
...http://sfu.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2380299880

* Check what SCoPE members are blogging about and subscribe to our SCoPE Bloggers feed.
...more http://www.technorati.com/faves/Community

* Have you added your name and location to our Frappr Map?
...http://www.frappr.com/?a=constellation_map&mapid=137440135642

6. Collaborating Partnerships
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SCoPE forms collaborating partnerships with many organizations to implement and promote community activities and products. Our 2 most recent collaborative partners are the British Columbia Educational Technology Users Group (ETUG) and WiZiQ. This mutual exchange of support and services benefits everyone.
...more http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/resource/view.php?id=764

7. About SCoPE
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SCoPE, supported by the Learning and Instructional Development Centre at Simon Fraser University, brings together individuals who share an interest in education research and practice, and offers opportunities for dialogue across disciplines, geographical borders, professions, levels of expertise, and education sectors. We organize seminars, events, and ways for practitioners to connect. Membership is free and open to everyone.

Self-register at http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca

8. About MicroSCoPE
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MicroSCoPE is prepared by Sylvia Currie, Community Coordinator (scurrie@sfu.ca).

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