Professor & Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology at Royal Roads University

On hometowns and sharing

Posted on March 25th, by George Veletsianos in sharing. 1 Comment

I am fascinated by how people come together on the web to share stories of their lives, trips, experiences, childhood, parents, and so on, especially when these stories share commonalities. One such activity that has been making the rounds lately is what social studies teachers would call sense of place: sharing details about unique geographic places. Ze Frank, Stephen Downes, Dean Shareski, and others have created digital stories about the places they grew up, capturing not just the locations, but also some of the deep emotions that go with their hometowns. Click on the image below to see mine, which, admittedly, was done pretty quickly and without much detail… I bring you the town of Larnaca in Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean sea.

Learning from your students

Posted on March 4th, by George Veletsianos in sharing. No Comments

This post lists 5 resources that in, one way or another, will be or have been helpful to me. These resources were discovered by my students and I am posting them here to serve 4 purposes: First, this post celebrates the fact that students have as much to add to the learning experience as instructors/professors (all of you out there who think that your work is about giving out knowledge, pay attention). Second, this is a way for me to acknowledge some of the things that my students have brought to my attention this semester without spending time in class to talk about them (after all, most of my students are subscribed to my blog). Third, I can model how social technologies can be used in educational contexts. And finally, the post serves as an example of how networked technologies and filtering information through tags can empower relevant learning.  So, here we go:

Practical Advice from Working Researchers… (From Chris:
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A Don Norman talk at TED: The three ways that good design makes you happy (from Woonhee:

The Online Course Evaluation Project (OCEP) “identifies and evaluates existing online courses in higher education, Advanced Placement¬© and high school. The goal of OCEP is to provide the academic community with a criteria-based evaluation tool to assess and compare the quality of online courses.” (From Renata:

Apture “gives content creators the power to find and incorporate relevant multimedia items directly into their pages. Readers can then access these items without ever leaving the page, providing them with a deeper and more meaningful web experience.” 3 years ago, we developed a similar system in our endeavors to scaffold learners who were learning geography. This application opens lots of possibilities for effortless implementation in other areas. (From Yin Li:

River City project “is an interactive computer simulation for middle grades science students to learn scientific inquiry and 21st century skills. River City has the look and feel of a videogame but contains content developed from National Science Education Standards, National Educational Technology Standards, and 21st Century Skills” (from Royce: