Dr. Torrey Trust is an Associate Professor of Learning Technology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Dr. Trust has the distinction of being recognized on EdTech’s 2020 Higher Education IT Influencer list, which is comprised of individuals who inspired and engaged those in higher education through their work with digital technology and social media (Pang […]
I’m writing this post the day after yet another government press conference, yet another public health state of emergency in Alberta, and yet another list of province-wide restrictions. K-12 students will continue to head to school, but many post-secondary institutions in Alberta have temporarily cancelled in-person classes and moved to online learning (CBC News, 2021). […]
I work in Calgary, Alberta in one of Canada’s largest urban school boards. Most of my career has been spent in middle schools with students in grades 7-9, and in my current role, I work closely with a group of students with identified needs related to literacy. All of my students are incredibly intelligent and […]
One of my former (and beloved!) principals, Mr. M, always used the phrase ‘refocus the focus’ when working with our middle school staff as a reminder to remember our purpose and make decisions based on what was best for our students. Weller compared his discussion of the history of educational technology (ed tech) to the […]
After listening to George Veletsianos’s responses to our cohort’s questions about research, I thought about the human tendency to organize and categorize, and I pondered the generational divides. I remember the first time I heard the term ‘elder millennial’ and although I did not like the terminology, I accepted it. I decided to do some […]
What Makes a Good Research Question? Posing questions leads to the pursuit of knowledge, and thus speaks to the critical importance of formulating research questions. According to Alvesson & Sandberg, “one could even say that good research questions might be as valuable and sometimes even more valuable than answers. Questions may open up, encourage reflection […]
Unit 5 Activity 1: A Reflection on My Digital Identity and Digital Presence I decided to go in a unique direction for my video reflection on my digital identity and digital presence. Enjoy! Click here to access a copy of my adaptation of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas by Charles Dickens.
Unit 4, Activity 1: Impact of Digital Learning Environments on Inclusion The graphic below is the result of an engaging and thought-provoking collaboration between Corie, London and I. Click on the image to access a linked high resolution pdf.
I was particularly intrigued by Dron and Anderson’s (2014) exploration of the notional freedoms available to learners in groups, networks, and sets. In groups, learners have high levels of freedom in relation to choice of place and delegation, but the freedoms related to medium, pace, and to a lesser extent content, are directed more by […]
As I mapped my networks, I returned to David White’s visitor-resident typology mapping video (2013) to assist in the process. It became clear quite quickly that I have developed three fairly distinct networks: my professional network as a teacher, my new graduate school network as a Royal Roads MALAT student, and my personal network, comprised […]