The Nurturer, the Apprentice and the Cheerleader

  My teaching philosophy encompasses a desire to teach as well as to build relationships with my learners. I resonate with words of Laverty (2006) when he states that teachers affect their students and well as themselves. I identify myself as a pragmatic constructivist who facilitates online learning through the persona of a cheerleader for…

Looking for a long-term relationship economy

“I like long walks on the beach and a crisp cold Radler.” Building relationships will need more than a quick one-liner. Strong relationships need 2-way dialogue. According to Jerry Michalski, creator of REX a think-tank for change, Relationship building is a collaborative space for designing the next generation of the economy. We are moving, thankfully, into an age of open dialogue, sharing…

Scholarly Journals – Following the Yellow Brick Road

During my residency at Royal Roads University, I encountered the world of academic writing. I had previously done mild research and did not fully understand the world of scholarly journals. As part of one of our team assignments, we were to review scholarly journals and I was fortunate to be on the team to investigate Journals…

Navigating Mindful Inquiry

During my first week of my research course, as part of my Masters of Arts in Learning and Technology at Royal Roads, I was introduced to many areas of social research. Some of which are completely foreign to me. In Mindful Inquiry in Social Research (Bentz & Shapiro, 1998) I was introduced to the concept of Hermeneutic Inquiry….

The Layover

I’m writing this blog post in Vancouver’s International Airport as I wait for my connecting flight to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. It’s been 30 years since I have visited Vancouver. The last time I was here, I was a spirited 16 year old Punk-Rock girl with bright pink hair. My mode of transportation to this…