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MicroSCoPE: November, 2005 Issue

 
 
 
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MicroSCoPE: November, 2005 Issue
by Sylvia Currie - Monday, 21 November 2005, 12:16 PM
 
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MicroSCoPE: A Close Look at What's Happening in the SCoPE Community
November, 2005
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In This Issue
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1. Mark Your Calendars
2. Activity Recap
3. SCoPE SIGs
4. Communal Book Project
5. PeriSCoPE
6. Vote for SCoPE as a Cool Moodle Site
7. SCoPE Logo Update
8. KnowTIPS Conference
9. Learning Partnership Call for Nominations
10. About SCoPE
11. About MicroSCoPE

1. Mark Your Calendars
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* WebCT and Blackboard Merger: Implications and Moving Forward: November 21-December 4, 2005
Facilitator: Liz Wallace
What will happen when the two superpowers of proprietory learning management systems join forces? Whether it's a merge or a buyout or a hostile takeover, the implications are huge for educators who are developing and delivering online courses. Many decisions have to be made by educational administrators, and we can help by surfacing issues and gathering ideas for moving forward. Whether you are a fan of WebCT, a Blackboard expert, an advocate for open source systems such as Moodle, or an educator who prefers to teach in a classroom rather than online, your views are welcome.
...more <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=147>

* Check the SCoPE calendar for a full list of events that will be of interest to members. <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/calendar/view.php?view=upcoming>

2. Activity Recap
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* Enhancing Online Communication: October 17-30, 2005
Facilitator: Cindy Xin
How can we improve the way we communicate online and organize our collective ideas? What is lacking in the discussion tools we use? During this 2-week seminar we explored these and other questions while trying out Web Annotation, a tool that is currently under development and integrated into the Moodle forum. We also had some interesting tangents, such as a lively chat session facilitated by Susanne Nyrop. Some great ideas for future discussions emerged through this seminar, and we also plan to integrate Web Annotation into the SCoPE community environment.
...archive <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/resource/view.php?id=149>

* The Role of the Instructional Designer: October 31-November 20, 2005
Facilitator: Vivian Neal
What models and strategies guide instructional design processes? What is an ideal work environment for an instructional designer? As this lively and thought-provoking seminar draws to a close we are left with many ideas and resources to revisit and ponder. We are busy gathering up our greatest insights into a wiki. Even if you were too busy to actively participate during the scheduled time you are welcome to contribute to the wiki <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/wiki/view.php?id=169>.
...archive <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=146>

* Vancouver Rendezvous: October 28, 2005
20 community enthusiasts representing many types of learning communities and communities of practice attended the Vancouver Rendezvous organized by CPSquare and SCoPE. As predicted, the afternoon of conversation did turn into a visit to the pub...then dinner...then plans to continue the Rendezvous trend. This was a perfect example of how we can accomplish so much more by working together to share experiences and offer solutions. A special thanks is owing to John Smith of CPSquare.org for facilitating our afternoon session, and to Salvor Gissurardottir of University of Education in Iceland for her excellent photography. The dialogue continues in our Community Enthusiasts SIG. Please join us!
... more <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=12>

3. SCoPE SIGs
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* SFU SIG
This Special Interest Group provides the opportunity for SFU faculty and staff to explore topics of particular interest to our university. We invite members of the international community to join in our discussions.
... access the SFU SIG  <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=13>

SCoPE Special Interest Groups provide venues for ongoing communication and sharing of resources based on common interests. Would your group like to request a SIG related to education research and practice? Contact Sylvia Currie <scurrie@sfu.ca>.

4. Communal Book Project
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Sandy Hirtz and David Harper invite you to participate in their communal book project initiated by BCcampus. This book will be a practical guide for faculty with an emphasis on demonstrating exciting opportunities offered by new technologies and outlining step-by-step how you can use the Internet to improve the educational quality of your teaching. How can you participate? The framework for the book has been outlined, and each chapter will be broken down into sub-sections. Find a topic that interests you, or recommend additional topics. Take the lead on a topic, co-author a section, provide feedback on drafts... there are many ways you can participate. Of course your contributions will be gratefully acknowledged in the final publication.
...more <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/course/view.php?id=16>

5. PeriSCoPE
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SCoPE members are busy elsewhere:

Heather Ross is facilitating a CIDER Session: DE Module for Rural Physicians Friday, 25 November (10:00 AM Pacific)
To register email Brenda Koritko at bkoritko@sympatico.ca
...more <http://cider.athabascau.ca/CIDERSessions/>

Join David Harper for a practical look at online course design at BC eLearning Marketplace and Expo: Put Your Course Online! - How To's and Tips and Tricks Thursday, 24 November 12:30 PM Pacific)
Join this live webcast click on the following link:
<https://www.elluminate.com/mtg.jnlp?password=828926604>
...more <http://community.bccampus.ca/expo>

6. Vote for SCoPE as a COOL site
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Help us spread the word about SCoPE. Here's how to vote:
    * Create an account at moodle.org if you haven't already (It's a great community, and a must if you want to learn more about Moodle)
    * Go to Moodle sites
    * Click on the text link Canada
    * Click on the button "show voting buttons for these sites"
    * Click on the thumbs up icon for SCoPE

7. SCoPE Logo Update
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The first voting booth for the SCoPE logo is closed (for now) and the beta logo based on your votes is now displayed at SCoPE. Jason ToaL, SCoPE's talented and very patient artist  encourages you to continue to make suggestions for alternatives or variations on this logo design.
...Visit the SCoPE Suggestion Box <http://scope.lidc.sfu.ca/mod/forum/view.php?id=131>

8. KnowTIPS 2006 Conference
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Planning is underway for the second annual KnowTIPS online conference. Note the new conference dates!  March 29-April 2, 2006, with proposals now due December 15, 2005. The conference is designed to engage participants in discussions about the practical aspects of working online in any setting. Please spread the word and consider volunteering to help plan or assist during the conference. It's great experience!  
..more <http://knowtips.ca>

9. Learning Partnership Call for Nominations
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The Learning Partnership is now accepting nominations for the 2006 National Technology Innovation Awards. Nominated projects should focus on the innovative and creative use of technology and include areas such as blended learning environments, knowledge transfer, organizational learning, professional development and/or the needs of special education students. Nominees may include teachers, professors, media specialists, technology specialists, technology directors or other innovative educators. Projects must have been in progress during the last 12 months and have made a measurable impact on student learning and achievement. Nominations must include a multimedia component and be submitted by February 17, 2006.
...more <http://tlp.td01.com/innovation_2006/>

10. 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 the public.

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

11. About MicroSCoPE
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MicroSCoPE is prepared by Sylvia Currie, Community Coordinator <scurrie@sfu.ca>.

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