Opening Discussion Course Structure Quiz End in Mind:
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Getting Started



Now that your Survey and Quiz are complete, you are ready to start on the course. In this "Getting Started" section, you will accomplish 247 tasks 129 tasks 25 tasks Okay... just three tasks:

First Reading, Blog Assignment, Looking Ahead to Commenting

The 500 (Understand the requirements)

Access to tools required in The 500

Blogging Assignment (Topic is Below)


In your previous OLTD courses, you reflected on your philosophy of education based on the various topics under consideration. In your learning and practice as an educator, you will have given some thought to many of the topics/questions below.

  • What are your overarching teaching principles with regard to:
    • What you want our K-12 students to have experienced in school by the time they leave Grade 12?
      • Skills,
      • Knowledge,
      • Attributes, and
      • Stories.
    • How you think students should learn?
      • Research-based: brain-based learning, learning styles, motivation,...
      • Based on experience
      • Based on discourse...
    • What students should learn.
    • Your role in the learning process.
  • What are the pros and cons of online learning?
  • How can you engage students in online environments in a manner that follows the provincial move toward personalized and 21st Century Learning?





Please read This article by Stephen Downes in eLearn Magazine


Your Blog Post Topic for Week 1:

What challenges and opportunities do you see for the realization of your philosophy of education in the evolution of eLearning as we know it?

All Future Posts:

The content of your Blog/Learning Journal posts are up to you. You may want to discuss the readings for the week, or your experiences and thoughts related to the course, or your thoughts on education in general.

Keeping the Critical Challenge Question and the Leading Questions in mind as you engage in your Blog Posts may help you enormously as you approach the Final Project or Paper

Required: One blog post a week and one comment on the blog post of another per week. Please see the course calendar for specific requirements, as not all weeks require both a blog post and a comment.

Your required one Blog post per week AND your one required comment on the blog post of another do not count for your The 500.

All posts are to be linked to the Google+ Community (OLTD 504 {2014} Category) and all comments on Blog Posts are also to be copied and pasted to the Google+ post as a comment.

Assessment for all Blog/Learning Journal Posts is based on this Criteria

  Looking ahead to Week 2

You will comment on a minimum of one colleague blog post. Please check the calendar and/or checklist for due dates.


When commenting on the the blog posts of your peers, please simply move down the line. Denise would comment on Stephanie's, then Graeme's, then...

Heidi would comment on Denise's, then Stephanie's then...

"The 500"


Support for the Learning of Others: Extra Blog Comments | Social Bookmarking | Wiki | Google+ | Service

Note: Your regular, weekly Blog Posts and one comment per week on another person's blog are not part of the point system below.

Throughout the course you will need 500 points. Points can be earned by:

Suggested Length
5 Points A Tweet that shares a resource or a thought with the hash tag: #OLTD < 140 Characters
10 Points A comment on another person's Google+ post Short: between 50 - 100 words
10 points

Adding a Glossary item (Course Wiki)

Short: between 50 - 100 words
10 points Adding a Diigo item (with annotation) to the VIU group Short: between 50 - 100 words
25 Points A Google+ Post
(not including the posts where you are solely linking to your blog post)
Shortish: 100 - 200 words
25 Points Comment on another person's Blog post (Please post comments throughout the course.) Shortish: 100 - 200 words
40 Points Adding a New and Noteworthy Blog post to our Resource Wiki (Course Wiki) Medium: 200 - 300 words
? Points

Negotiated item that has you assisting others in their learning process. This can be as simple as a conversation, a help session, editing another's work...

Please use the course calendar/checklist/tracking form to submit the activity and the points to be awarded.
500 Points Total Needed  

Track your points on the calendar/checklist document.

The 500 Details and Access to Tools

Course Wiki

The Course Wiki is for quickly sharing information that is relevant to the whole group.

For Week One, all you have to do is:

Access the Course Wiki and ensure you have editing rights:

    1. Add glossary items to the cohort resources,
    2. Add blog posts of noteworthy stories or resources,
    3. Add criteria items to the LMS criteria page,
    4. Add LMS resources to the LMS resources page, and
    5. List LMS/Non-LMS systems and provide reviews.

For now all you need to do is make sure you can access the site and have editing rights. Have a look around.

Social Bookmarking with Diigo

The Diigo is for quickly sharing information that is relevant to the whole group.

If you do not yet have a Diigo Account, you will want one. Click here to create one. You will be using this Diigo Group to share and annotate resources and relevant (and noteworthy) sites. You will also want to get started by joining some other groups. Some possible places to start:

You already have a Delicious Group you are using for the program. We will continue to use this; however, the robustness of Diigo for education and the new abilities in the education version make it a desirable social book-marking tool for experimentation. If you are concerned about needing to use two services, then you will be pleased to note that they are synchronize-able by following the instructions on this site:
Once you have your Diigo account set up you can use the link to synchronize the two services.

Micro-Blogging with Twitter

Twitter hashtag: #OLTD

Learning Community Hub with Google+

Our Community is here. All posts are to be made to the "OLTD 504" Category, unless you would like to engage all OLTD staff and students, then the posts will be make to the "discussion" category.

Here are some of the hashtags we will use to organized our posts: simply add the hashtag to your posts.






A couple of reading suggestions:

Please read up to page 7 in Don McIntoshes exhaustive (and up-to-date) document (below) for LMS/Non-LMS systems and resources. You will need this document later, so you may want to scan it now. Try not to be too overwhelmed by the document. Breath slowly and deeply as you scan.

All you are doing now is attempting to get an idea of the definition and scope of Learning Management Systems, Content Management Systems, and the resources for development that abound.

Vendors of Learning Management and E-learning Products (PDF)
By Don McIntosh, Ph.D.
For Trimeritus eLearning Solutions Inc.
Updated October 1, 2012
(Back-up copy)

John Meerts wrote this piece for the Educause Evolving Technologies Committee. Although it is almost 10 years old, the piece provides some quick background on Course Management Systems, as well as a start to thinking about selection criteria.
(Back up copy)


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