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Site Change: More Undergrad Voices!!!

I am currently revamping the site: I have decided to continue our focus on digital pedagogy, but the site will be primarily (although not solely) written by undergraduate students. I will hire undergraduate bloggers to blog about their experiences in various university classrooms, and how their profs are using digital media and tools. I will […]

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Speaking and Visibility: How Google Docs Can Create Co-Presence in Non-Arts Classrooms

I work in the Faculty of Math at the University of Waterloo. I was hired as part of a massive project to rethink communications for both native speakers of English and non-native speakers of English. This initiative came about after university administrators learned that scores for the standardized test measuring English competency (the English Language […]

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Rock, Paper, Technology

By Cheyenne Guo, a Math student (who is trying to attain wisdom and knowledge) It’s amazing how technology has influenced classroom teaching. What used to be chalk and blackboard and pens and paper has turned into screens at the front and all around the class. Students can now carry one sophisticated piece of metal that […]

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Shunning Computers in the Classroom: Why Are Students Not the Authors of Their Own Digital Destiny?

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Nicole Gauvreau, a student at Bishops University in Modern Languages and International Studies, explains the frustration students feel when their access to digital tech is restricted.  We sincerely thank Nicole, and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the […]

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Is “Generation Y” an Age Away? Social Media, Distraction, and Learning

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Nicholas Ashmore, a student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, offers insight into using digital tech in the classroom. We sincerely thank Nicholas and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas team, Dr. Sara Humphreys I […]

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Bridging the Group Learning Gap at a Commuter Campus: A Call to Action

The following post is an excellent submission to our general call for posts from undergraduate students. Pake Newell, a psychology student at Trent University’s Oshawa campus, asks faculty to consider using social media as a means to foster collaboration. We sincerely thank Pake and we hope you enjoy this submission. On behalf of the digitalcommunitas […]

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When Online Learning Works: Student Voices

The following post is by 4th year Trent University English major, Rachel Thistle. She submitted her post as part of a massive call for posts nationwide. Rachel’s post offered a different point of view regarding online education. We hope you enjoy her post and thanks to Rachel for her excellent submission.  On behalf of the […]

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Gaming, digital futures and Curtis Bonk! | Day 2 at #DEANZ14 Conference

Originally posted on karen spencer:
Last week, I managed to attend a day of the DEANZ conference, a great opportunity to catch up with those involved in research and practice related to e-learning and distance education in the schooling and tertiary sectors. While one day couldn’t really capture the conference as a whole, there were a…

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What Using Google Docs in the Classroom Tells Me: We Need to Change Everything

I have been experimenting with Google Docs – I realize loads of teachers use this resource, and I am definitely not writing a how-to guide here. I am not even extolling the virtues of Googles Docs. Yes, it allows for online collaboration, and it’s relatively easy to use for those who have a fear of […]

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Steering Our Own Systems: Reminding Ourselves that We Wield the Tools in Our Epistemic Culture

SPECIAL GUEST POST BY NANCY SMITH, LEARNING SPECIALIST, INSTRUCTOR, AND ACADEMIC COACH When it comes to your credit card, has the information on the computer screen ever been believed by others over what you thought was your balance? Have you ever felt a pang of uneasiness by news about the latest lone biohacker’s breakthrough? Has […]

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