The Butterfly Effect: K-12 OER and Open Learning

Doctoral Student & Technology for Learning Specialist Editorial | By Verena Roberts

I was asked to work with Dr Connie Blomgren as a subject matter expert (SME) for the ABOER grant, Multiplying Open Educational Resources (OER) Impact: Building In-service Teacher OER Capacity for Graduate Credit. The goal of Butterfly Effectthe project was to create digital content in the form of podcasts and videos to support Athabasca University’s BOLT program. I was excited to be asked to contribute to such a project because of my passion around open learning. As an open learner, I strive to promote the sharing of ideas and resources to promote access to learning for all and to build knowledge around the world.

Lorenz’s butterfly effect about organizational leadership’s chaos theory asks, “‘Does the flap of a butterfly wing in Tokyo, affect a tornado in Texas (or a thunderstorm in New York)?” (Wheatley, 1992, p.117) I am intrigued with the idea that something as small and as fragile as a butterfly can have such a huge impact on the world. Continue reading “The Butterfly Effect: K-12 OER and Open Learning”

BlendED Symposium 2016: Evaluating K-12 Digital Tools

Teacher Editorial | By Joy Trick (BOLT student)

Prologue

The second annual blendED Symposium was held in Edmonton, Alberta on October 23-25, 2016. I attended this conference for these two days and where possible I have provided links to either the presentation or session notes (made by those in attendance at each session). My apologies in advance to anyone whose session has not been mentioned as this in no way makes your contribution less meaningful. The following is a summary of “my take” on the symposium based on the sessions I attended and also comments from other delegates gleamed through sharing and networking during the three day event. My apologies also if I have “overlinked”. My goal was to make access to the presentations and resources as simple as possible so that you are able to pick and choose as you so need or desire.

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