Social Media Connections

For the PIDP 3240 course, Media Enhanced Learning, there are four assignments that must be completed. One of the assignments we were given the choice to create a digital media project, research and write an essay, or to explore the social media world. I am part of the social media option with a group of my online classmates. I am self learning how to implement different forms of social media to effectively engage and create connections. I figured this was a great opportunity to promote my fellow classmates blogs and showcase what we are learning along our online journey. You will notice quite a bit of variety in the subjects of the blogs, that is what makes networking so exciting!

Vivienne Agius

Susannah Bredenkamp

Todd Irvine

Pam Khinda

Mary McArthur

Rose Tada

Kelly Willis

Stephanie Won



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Copyright Laws in the Classroom

In Canada, anything you create is protected by copyright laws, you cannot simply take someone else’s work and not give credit to the originator. There are many facets and details to copyright laws, today I am blogging about how it applies to our education system.

There is an interesting concept in Canada termed “Fair Dealing”, which allows educational institutions to utilize created content without breaking the copyright laws. This exemption applies when the material is being used for the purpose of research, studying, reporting and basically increasing student knowledge without commercial gain. Higher education centres now commonly implement online learning systems and the fair dealing concept applies to sharing information online within the learning community. Digital libraries, distance education, resource sharing within a learning management system (LMS) and other new technologies are generally part of the exemption. Each specific situation is assessed for possible copyright law infringement,  penalties can apply if proper referencing is not followed.

In our PIDP 3240 course, there is a discussion forum online debating how copyright laws apply to social media in education. The information does not seem to be conclusive and I feel like further research is needed. Sharing on Facebook, posting on a blog, retweeting on Twitter, all create a whole new realm for figuring out if you need to credit the owner and who has rights to the content. I look forward to my colleagues replies and if the Canadian governments updates the copyright laws to specifically include social media.

Geist, M (2012, August 22). The Supreme Court of Canada Speaks: How to Assess Fair Dealing for Education. Michael Geist [Web log]. Retrieved October 25, 2014 from: ,

The 2Learn Education Society (2012). Canadian Copyright: 9 Key Questions. Retrieved October 24, 2014 from:


“Prohibition of photographing”. Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons –

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Learning Management Systems

An effective way to organize and deliver a course is using a learning management system, or LMS. In the higher education industry, schools can implement a LMS to administer online or hybrid type courses (combination of in person and online).  With this technology content can be shared, student activity tracked, assessment tools embedded, and overall everything organized in one place. There are many different options available for choosing an LMS, it depends upon the parameters of your teaching environment what might be best. The school I teach at, VCMT, we use a system called Canvas.  I find Canvas helpful how I can easily upload content and the students can access the notes ahead of class. Today I participated in a webinar on the extra functions and abilities of Canvas, so many possibilities for enhancing student learning! Below is a screen shot of what Canvas looks like, I would recommend it as a user-friendly LMS:



I was surprised to find Canvas did not rank in the top LMS software lists as per the link below. Survey results show Moodle was the most popular and ranked number one, which is the system for the PIDP at VCC.

Could it be possible that LMS will take over the hard copy textbook industry one day?


Capterra (2014, October). Top Learning Management System Software Products: The Top 20 Most Popular of LMS  Software. Capterra [Web Log] Retrieved October 21, 2014 from:

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TED Talks in the Classroom

For the 3240 Media Enhanced Learning PIDP course, the students have an online forum to discuss ideas in regards to technology in the classroom. I contributed to a discussion thread about TED talks, one of my favourite free online learning tools. There are so many fascinating topics covered by talented and inspiring speakers, here is a link to the site:

I didn’t realize that there is an associated site geared specifically for education, it is called TED Ed. Teachers can plug in criteria such as subject and student level of learning to bring up applicable videos. Here is a link to the TED Ed site, lessons worth learning:

It doesn’t matter how fantastic a media resource is, how it is implemented is important. There is an article written on the TED blog linked below that outlines implementing TED talks in the classroom from a student perspective. I feel it is a great reminder that videos are best used to spark a conversation, getting students to think critically and analyze the information. I am excited to try and strategically implement a TED talk into my teaching, hopefully enhancing the student learning experience!

Cucinotta, O.  (2014, August 26t). How Teachers Can Best Use TED Talks in the Class, From the Perspective of a Student. TED Blog. Retrieved Oct 17, 2014 from:

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Teaching Naked

The course textbook for 3240-Media Enhanced Learning has as a cheeky title that catches your eye: Teaching Naked (2012). My interpretation of the title is teaching with transparency, being open and honest with the learning objectives. I read the textbook over the weekend and found it a very interesting read with many points to ponder. My goal is to write a blog post that highlights a few key aspects that are personally significant, this is not a general synopsis or book review. The author, Jose Antonio, recommends ways to incorporate technology into the classroom; such as using Twitter, Facebook and podcasting. I feel some of the formats are not appropriate for my current teaching situation, however I appreciated the implementation strategies and his idea of developing clear social media e-communication policies.

The most valuable lesson I learned from reading Teaching Naked was that you have a finite amount of time for actual instructor-student interaction. Typically class time is used for presenting content, I am guilty of using the familiar lecture type format. Precious class time would be better used in ways to challenge the students to develop higher order cognitive learning skills, more of an active learning experience. This can be created when students adequately  prepare for class and allows for more in-depth classroom activities that demand their critical thinking skills. Technology is a tool that can enhance the preparation and interaction outside of class time, thus increasing the opportunities for learning. Engaging with discussions of the material in class, versus seeing the content for the first time is a more efficient and effective method of teaching. This is not a simple task, it would require revamping my current lesson plans and challenging the students to spend more time outside of class interacting with and absorbing the material. It is a fantastic goal and I endeavour to follow tips from Teaching Naked to create a more active learning classroom with exciting technology tools.


Bowen, J. A. (2012). Teaching Naked: How Moving Technology Out of Your College Classroom Will Improve    Student Learning. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

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Media Enhanced Learning- PIDP 3240


I am back for another module for the Provincial Instructor Diploma Program (PIDP) at Vancouver Community College (VCC), 3240-Media Enhanced Learning. In this introductory post I would like to focus on the 3240 course outcomes, highlighting what the purpose and objectives are for this module. Paraphrasing from the description found on Moodle, the VCC online student learning website, here are the goals for 3240:

– Create, select, use, and justify the use of media and technology to enhance the student learning experience for in person and online courses.

– Apply learning theories to media related concepts and how to best incorporate instructional technologies.

– Learn and abide by all copyright laws and creative commons guidelines.

– Explore the latest media and technology trends and issues to develop new tools for teaching.


Moodle Course Notes (2012, August 4). Course Outcomes- PIDP 3240 Media Enhanced Learning. Retrieved October 11, 2014 from 

[Untitled Image of Social Media Network] Retrieved Oct 10, 2014 from

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Summary of 3250- Instructional Strategies Course

It has been quite a journey, thank you to all of my online classmates for an exciting course! I came into this expecting to do my own self directed learning, filled with readings and assignments. What I didn’t realize was that the participants play a role in creating the course, a good proportion of time was spent discussing topics online. The online forums were a wealth of information with a variety of perspectives, sometimes overwhelming with the volume of posts. I developed an efficient routine where I didn’t feel I had to post and reply to everything, only what I felt I could really add to and enhance. My early mornings were filled with reading and researching, my passion for learning and investigating was definitely sparked! The ongoing blog assignment has been a good place to organize my thoughts, I found I grew to be more comfortable sharing my reflections and interpretations of the course.  I feel it would be impossible to summarize 3250 in one blog post, but here are some highlighted thought provoking questions and ideas that I will keep pondering:

– What roles do I play in the classroom? Teacher, advisor, counsellor, role model, facilitator, evaluator…so many skills are required!

– How do I motivate my students to “go meta”? Basically analyzing their own learning process and becoming aware of what works best for them.

– Heutagogy is the term given to the study of self determined learning. What is the latest research in learning how to learn? I feel I always need to keep up and linking onto my classmates blogs will help.

– What is my personal policy on texting in class? There were a lot of forum psots about incorporating technology in the most effective ways and creating guidelines

– How can I incorporate self reported grades into my teaching? Research has shown self analysis and informal learning assessments have proven helpful, while keeping in mind alignment with the course objectives.

– Things do not always go as planned, what are some contingency plans for when it goes awry? Pause, think, and then act after careful consideration.

– How can I keep in touch with my 3250 classmates to continue our discussions? I would like to suggest a Facebook group or personal emails, I have learned so much from everyone!

– Random instructional strategies that I enjoyed learning about: Case studies, role plays, think-pair-share, affinity cards, games, open ended questions, group work, one minute paper etc.  Onto the next step of making lesson plans!

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