EC&I 831 is Back: Call for Non-Credit Participants & Network Mentors

I just posted the information pasted below to my Open Thinking  blog. If you are looking to participate in this course as a non-credit student, or a network mentor, please sign-up! As well, please pass this on to anyone that might be interested. Thanks!

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My popular open-boundary course, EC&I 831 (Social Media & Open Education), is back for the Fall of 2013 and we’d love you to participate as a non-credit student, or possibly, a network mentor. If you’re interested, please use this form to sign up!

Here’s a brief description of the course from the about page:

EC&I 831: Social Media & Open Education is an open access graduate course from the Faculty of Education, University of Regina. This course is available to both for-credit and non-credit participants. It features openly available, weekly, interactive presentations with notable educators & theorists. More importantly, the course encourages and nurtures rich interaction through a number of open spaces such as our Twitter hashtag (#eci831), our Google Plus Community, and our student blog hub. The open nature of the course. and the sharing that it inspires, benefits current and former participants, especially as the goal of the course is to foster and develop long-term, authentic, human connections.

Non-credit participation officially begins on September 24, 2013 and the course ends on December 3, 2013. There are many ways to participate, and the commitment is up to you. But, collectively I know that we will make this experience amazing for everyone involved, so it would be great if you could join us.

If you sign up, more details will be sent to you via email as we approach the 24th.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at

Thanks for considering. I hope that we can continue to learn together, but in a different way.

EC&I 831 (Fall 2013) is coming soon!!!

I am very pleased to announced that we are about to launch another semester of EC&I 831. For students registered in this course or those who will be participating as a non-credit student, please note the the course will officially run from September 10 to December 4, 2013. However, we will not officially open the course to non-credit students until September 24, 2013. There will be a sign-up form available in the next blog post (watch this page).

For our weekly meetings, the class will meet synchronously via this Blackboard Collaborate link every Tuesday during this period from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (sometimes as late as 9:00) Saskatchewan time. For participants outside of Saskatchewan, please note that Saskatchewan does not observe Daylight Savings Time and thus the relative time will shift beginning November 3, 2013.

More details very soon!


Summaries of Learning – Part 2 – December 6, 2011

Tonight, the other half (13) of the EC&I 831 students presented their summaries of learning. These were either presented live or pre-recorded using various tools. Again, these summaries were incredibly impressive and it was an amazing way to wrap up the course. Thanks to everyone who made this course such a great success for all involved!

Catch the Blackboard Collaborate recording found here.

Summaries of Learning – Part 1 – November 29, 2011

Tonight, half (13) of the EC&I 831 students presented their summaries of learning. These were either presented live or pre-recorded using various tools. The presentations were very impressive, and I’m looking forward to the second round next week as we wrap up this course.

Catch the Blackboard Collaborate recording found here.

EC&I 831 Instructor Summary – November 22, 2011

Tonight, I gave a short summary of #eci831 from my perspective and then provided details of the major activities over the next two weeks (student reflections, course evaluations, course feedback, assessment, etc.). Slides are found below, and the Blackboard Collaborate recording is available here.

EC&I 831 Final Thoughts

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Digital Storytelling w/ Alan Levine – November 15, 2011

Our guest tonight was Alan Levine, aka @cogdog, who presented on the topic of digital storytelling. Alan has done amazing things on this subject, is a pioneer in the field, and is well known for his “50 Ways to Tell a Story” resource.

For the presentation, Alan prepared a wonderful resource for us. Be sure to check out “What mean ye storytelling?“. Also, see Alan’s slides below:

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Thanks Alan for taking time tonight to share your expertise with us. It was a wonderful session, and so many great resources were shared. The Blackboard Collaborate recording of the presentation is available here.

Role of Educator w/ Stephen Downes – November 8, 2011

Stephen Downes was our guest tonight in #eci831 and he shared with us a “live-slides” style presentation on the topic, “The Role of Educator in a Networked World“. You can find the Blackboard Collaborate recording here, or if you want an alternate method of catching the session, Stephen has shared the slides and the recorded audio on his site. Slides for the session are also available below.

I want to give a special thanks to Dave Cormier who stood in for me tonight to moderate the session (as I’m currently in Australia). I am lucky to be connected to such good people like Stephen and Dave who are passionate about open learning that they are willing to donate their valuable time to support the learning of my students.

Sharing w/ Dean Shareski – November 1, 2011

Dean Shareski gave a fantastic presentation tonight in #eci831 on the value of sharing. Dean did a wonderful job at sharing excellent examples of sharing in practice, and provided and provoked deep insight into the topic. Dean’s slides are available below and the Blackboard Collaborate recording of the entire session is available here.

Rhizomatic Learning – Oct. 25, 2011

Tonight, we were very fortunate to have Dave Cormier as our guest in EC&I 831. The topic was Rhizomatic Learning, a concept that Cormier has been expanding upon for some time (at least since this post in 2008). Dave gave a wonderful overview of the topic, and was able to fully engage the participants in using his ‘live slides’ method (creating a slide deck on the fly through user feedback).

If you missed the conversation, there are two ways to view it. First, the entire Blackboard Collaborate session is available here. Also, Cormier saved his own copy of the presentation using a great tool called Screenflow. The resulting recording has been uploaded to Youtube and is available here and embedded below.

If you want to learn more about the topic, check out Cormier’s more recent post, “Workers, soldiers or nomads – what does the Gates Foundation want from our education system?“.

Networked Learning & Digital Identity – Oct. 18, 2011

Tonight, I gave a presentation on networked learning and digital identity. The presentation began as a personal history of how I became first interested in the idea of networked learning and openness, moved into our current context, and then gave some examples of how individuals and groups are using our new digital affordances to teach, learn, and collaborate on projects of shared interest

A recording of the session is available here and the slides are available below: