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MicroSCoPE: January, 2009 Issue

 
 
 
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MicroSCoPE: January, 2009 Issue
by Sylvia Currie - Sunday, 18 January 2009, 4:22 PM
 
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MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
January, 2009
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In This Issue
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1. SCoPE Seminar: Open Educational Resources
2. New Home For SCoPE
3. Learn Together Collaboratory
4. Mark Your Calendars
5. Activity Recap
6. PeriSCoPE
7. About SCoPE
8. About MicroSCoPE

1. SCoPE Seminar: Open Educational Resources
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January 19 - February 8, 2009
Facilitator: Scott Leslie
The availability of Open Educational Resources is increasing almost daily. High quality learning materials from reputable institutions are available in many disciplines for both instructors to reuse or student self-study. But how do we find them? What do we need to know about creating, licensing, and sharing them? Join us on Monday, January 19 at 19:00 GMT, 11:00 a.m. PST via Elluminate for the launch of this 3-week seminar.

2. New Home For SCoPE
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We're starting off 2009 with a new URL for SCoPE! Over the holiday break the community site was migrated to a new server and is now fully integrated within BCcampus Online Community Services. SCoPE had its start in 2005 thanks to the Learning and Instructional Development Centre at Simon Fraser University which provided design, coordination, moderation, as well as technical and media design services. With BCcampus support SCoPE members can continue to enjoy free and open access to seminar discussions and other online events. Be sure to update your bookmarks! http://scope.bccampus.ca

3. Learn Together Collaboratory
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In August, 2008 Nancy Randall from Vancouver Island University introduced SCoPE members to a new service that was under development to facilitate professional development and academic collaboration (seminar archive). The design team has made a great deal of progress! The site has been launched and development will continue during 2009. You are invited to create an account on the site, contribute resources, and provide feedback.

4. Mark Your Calendars
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* SCoPE seminar: Professionalizing Post-Secondary Teaching
March 2 - 22, 2009
Facilitators: Gary Hunt and Vivian Neal
Has the time come for a made-in-Canada accreditation program for post-secondary teaching? During this discussion we will learn from countries that have developed frameworks of teaching expectations and we will explore questions related to the development and implementation of a program in Canada.

5. Activity Recap
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* SCoPE seminar: Managing Multimembership in Social Networks
October 27 - November 9, 2008
Facilitators: Sue Wolff, Jeffrey Keefer, Bronwyn Stuckey, Sylvia Currie
We started off this seminar discussion with many questions, and also a feeling that we were all grasping for solutions to help us manage our participation in various social networks. We ended the seminar in much the same state! In our two weeks together we accomplished a lot -- sharing tools and strategies that have helped us cope as individuals and as groups. But we also came to realize that multimembership is an area that we need to explore further. In addition to the forum discussion there is an interesting collection of voice contributions. Sue Wolff provides a nice closing summary of our discussion.

6. PeriSCoPE
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* The CPsquare Foundations of Communities of Practice Workshop begins tomorrow. This 7-week online workshop is highly recommended for anybody interested in learning how to develop, nurture, and leverage communities of practice.

* Several SCoPE members are involved in the planning the 2009 Canadian Moodle Moot conference to be held in Edmonton, Alberta April 1 - 4, 2009. Are you interested in collaborating on a conference session about SCoPE for the online communities stream? Please contact Sylvia Currie (scurrie@bccampus.ca). The call for proposals is open until January 30th.

* This free online conference, organized by the Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, will be of interest to anyone planning or attending conferences. (That's right...everybody!) Spaces of Interaction: An Online Conversation on Improving Traditional Conferences February 18 - 20, 2009

* Submit your blog article to the next edition of the Active Learning Carnival the carnival submission form before February 6, 2009.

* Join the SCoPE group at Linkedin to connect with others who are interested in employment in education or in connecting professionally on projects, follow SCoPE on Twitter and check out the SCoPE Facebook group and member networking as a way to keep in the loop.

* Check what SCoPE members are blogging about and subscribe to our SCoPE Bloggers feed. Do you have a blog? Add it to our SCoPE member blogs database.

* Have you added your name and location to our Frappr Map?

* Leave a message on the SCoPE Voicethread

7. About SCoPE
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SCoPE 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. Membership is free and open to everyone.

SCoPE forms collaborating partnerships with many organizations to implement and promote community activities and products. This is a mutual exchange of support and services.

Self-register at http://scope.bccampus.ca

Past SCoPE seminar discussions are always available for reading and afterthoughts.

8. About MicroSCoPE
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http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?f=5

MicroSCoPE is prepared by Sylvia Currie, Community Coordinator (scurrie@bccampus.ca).

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