MicroSCoPE: October, 2009 Issue

MicroSCoPE: October, 2009 Issue

by Sylvia Currie -
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MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
October, 2009

In This Issue
1. Two Apologies
2. SCoPE Seminar: The Art of Teaching
3. Professional Learning Series
4. Mark Your Calendars
5. Activity Recap
6. PeriSCoPE
7. About SCoPE
8. About MicroSCoPE

1. Two Apologies
I need to start off the MicroSCoPE newsletter with two big apologies, both related to some settings that were inadvertently changed on the SCoPE main page. The first apology is for the spam message you may have received in September advertising a certain brand of boots. The second apology is *in advance* -- you may be unwillingly receiving this newsletter because we lost our information about members who had unsubscribed. Here are some steps to change your settings if you prefer not to receive this newsletter by email:

  • Login to SCoPE: http://scope.bccampus.ca/login/index.php
  • If you forgot your password go here: http://scope.bccampus.ca/login/forgot_password.php
  • Manage your MicroSCoPE subscription here: http://scope.bccampus.ca/mod/forum/view.php?f=5
  • To turn off email subscriptions entirely edit your profile by clicking on your name anywhere is appears in SCoPE
  • If you can't be bothered with any of these options feel free to send me email and I'll unsubscribe you from MicroSCoPE: scurrie@bccampus.ca

2. SCoPE Seminar: The Art of Teaching
October 19 - November 6, 2009
Facilitators: Neil Smith, Nancy Randall, Andrew Marchand
This seminar begins tomorrow! It is organized around Vancouver Island University's Art of Teaching video series. Each of the 3 weeks will be launched with a video and discussion in Elluminate, Mondays at 10:00 PDT (17:00 GMT).
Week 1: Introduction, Bridging, Outcomes
Week 2: Pre-assessment, Participation
Week 3: Post-assessment, Summary

3. Professional Learning Series
BCcampus, eCampus Alberta, and Alberta-North are teaming together to organize a new series of professional learning opportunities. These online events focus on emerging topics in elearning, and are free and open to the public.

4. Mark Your Calendars
* Re-Thinking E-Learning Research, facilitated by Norm Friesen, Canada Research Chair in E-Learning Practices, November 9 - 27, 2009. This is the next book in our Professional Reading Group Series. Start reading! Purchase the book or download selected chapters from this Wiki.
* Digital Identity, facilitated by Trish Rosseel and Cindy Underhill, December 1 - 18, 2009. During this discussion we will address important questions of concern to both educators and learners.
* The World is Open: How Web Technology is Revolutionizing Education, facilitated by Curtis Bonk. This is a live session and 3-day Q&A with the author. Information about the book can be found on The World is Open blog, including a link to an upcoming free "book extension".
* Guiding the E-Researcher, facilitated by Janet Salmons, January 18 - 29, 2010. This seminar will explore ways that educators can guide learners through a few key e-research steps needed to use synchronous tools for scholarly interviews. The seminar is part of our Professional Reading Group Series, and will draw on Janet's new book: Online Interviews in Real Time.
* Culturally Diverse Learners: February 1-19, 2010

Check upcoming seminars for an updates to the seminar schedule. The Learn Together Collaboratory has a full list of events of interest to educators.

5. Activity Recap
* SCoPE: Reflections and Next Steps
October 7 - 16, 2009
During this seminar we took some time to reflect on the past and plan for the future by addressing these core questions: What have you liked about SCoPE? What would you change? What are your ideas for future activities? This wiki is a summary of the contributions.

* Aftermath of the Canadian Copyright Consultation
October 6, 2009
Maureen Baron, President of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education facilitated a lively and interactive discussion, and generally raised awareness about copyright issues in Canada. Access the Elluminate recording and drop in the forum to post questions or comments.

* SCoPE Seminar: Collaborative Projects on WikiEducator
August 10 - 28, 2009
Facilitators: Nellie Deutsch and Gladys Gahona
In this seminar we were introduced to the many opportunities available to educators to learn from others, to collaborate on curriculum projects, and to explore new technologies that will improve educational access and quality.There were several scheduled events and peripheral activities during these three weeks.

* Check seminar archives, as well as the recordings of live sessions organized through BCcampus Online Communities.

6. PeriSCoPE
* October 19 - 23, 2009 is Open Access Week and there are opportunities to participate in events all over the world. Athabasca University is hosting a series of five online webcasts exploring major issues and opportunities presented by open access.

* Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning This is a free monthly discussion, hosted by AACE and facilitated by George Siemens and David Cormier. The next session is October 30, 2009.

* The next Learning4Content online workshop is October 26, to November 6, 2009

* The next CIDER Session is Social Networking with Web 2.0: A Comparative Study of On-Campus and On-line Students, November 4, 2009. CIDER sessions are targeted at distance education researchers, graduate students, and practitioners. Each session features an active researcher talking about their project, methodologies used, and their results. If you are interested in presenting your research in a future CIDER session, contact Lynn Anderson: lynnlo@cogeco.ca.

* Several SCoPE members have published books recently:
Norm Friesen: Re-Thinking E-Learning Research: Foundations, Methods and Practices
Janet Salmon: Online Interviews in Real Time is due to be released in December, 2009. You're all invited to the Webinar and Book Release Party Oct 27, 2009!
Michael Power: A Designer's Log: Case Studies in Instructional Design
Curtis J. Bonk: The World is Open
Mohamed Aly: Mobile Learning: Transforming the Delivery of Education and Training

* 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

6. About SCoPE
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.

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

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