Ease of Use for Learners

It’s funny how to seemingly different disciplines intersect. My experience with user-centred design and usability has enabled me to have empathy for user needs and ultimately learner needs. Ease of use, as defined in Jakob Nielson’s 10 Usability Heuristics for User Interface Design, states “Users should not have to wonder whether different words, situations, or actions mean the same…

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…

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….

Do you value creativity in education?

I’m a professional graphic designer and a part-time professor at the School of Media and Design at Algonquin College so I’m deeply invested in the value of creativity both in my work and the work of my students. Creativity can be hard to assess. Great pressure on the part of the instructor is to try to remain…