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Topic 5: Lessons learnt – future practice

In our final post, we are asked to critically reflect on our overall ONL202 learning journey. To that end, we are given five guiding questions. What are the most important things that you learnt through your engagement in the ONL course? How will your learning influence your practice? What are your thoughts on using tech [...]

By |2020-11-29T13:30:18+00:00November 29th, 2020|ONL202|0 Comments

Topic 4: Design for online and blended learning

This, for me, is the most relevant topic so far. I was motivated to take ONL202 so I could become a more competent online educator. Although I couldn’t get through the 35-min intro ppt (sorry, but what was the thinking there ?), I did find the other materials much more useful. Salmon’s 5-stage model gives [...]

By |2020-11-20T03:21:29+00:00November 16th, 2020|ONL202|0 Comments

Topic 3 – networked collaborative learning

This third ONL202 topic alienated me a bit at first. As I watched Kay Oddone’s YouTube videos (1 and 2) on the theory and practice of personal learning networks (PLNs) and read the studies by Capdeferro & Romero and Brindley et al, I felt kind of ‘meh’. Quite a contrast from how content for the [...]

By |2020-11-02T04:07:40+00:00November 2nd, 2020|ONL202|2 Comments

Topic 2 – openness & sharing

Look at this mind map (from the GEF site). It conceptualises the state of the Global Commons. The thing I kept thinking about during Ragupathi & Creelman’s podcast, David Wiley’s Ted Talk and Dave Cormier’s primer on MOOCs, and while reading Chapter 11 in Teaching in a Digital Age. I mean, other thoughts came up [...]

By |2020-10-13T10:17:15+00:00October 11th, 2020|ONL202|10 Comments

Online participation & digital literacies

Until this week’s topic, I’d never given much formal thought to the concept of digital literacies or even heard of Prensky’s digital natives vs immigrants dichotomy. So the paper by White & Le Cornu’s and David White’s video were enlightening. What resonated most with me were the assertions that there isn’t a dichotomy so much [...]

By |2020-09-29T02:41:23+00:00September 29th, 2020|ONL202|4 Comments

ONL202 – day 1

In 2012, four universities in Sweden created a collaborative course for educators, called Open Networked Learning. Basically, it's an opportunity for HE professionals in different countries to work together in small, problem-based-learning (PBL) groups on a series of five topics which, combined, grow their abilities to provide quality learning in an online environment. Currently (in [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:12:08+00:00September 16th, 2020|ONL202|5 Comments

Just out: fruit bats, diet and potential ecosystem services

Of Singapore's 20+ bat species, perhaps none epitomises the urban denizen better than the dog-faced fruit bat (Cynopterus brachyotis). You can find this bat almost everywhere on the urbanisation gradient, and this bat seems to have adapted well to city life (notwithstanding the apparent genetic impacts of urbanisation) - including by adopting the behaviour of [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:18:25+00:00July 20th, 2020|Bats, biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Urbanisation|Comments Off on Just out: fruit bats, diet and potential ecosystem services

The genetic side effects of urbanisation

For humans, urbanisation has generally been beneficial. Cities are often where people find better access to clean water and sanitation, better housing, employment and opportunities for education - hence extensive rural to urban migration. For other species, the effects of urbanisation are mixed, and many urban ecologists have characterised species according to how successful [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:18:54+00:00May 31st, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The genetic side effects of urbanisation

The urban ecology of COVID-19 – links to the wildlife trade

A few weeks ago, I was asked about my thoughts on the urban ecology of COVID-19. Interesting question. One that has had me thinking ever since. There are many dimensions to it. One is the clear link between the emergence of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and wildlife markets. Markets where many animal species are densely maintained [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:21:16+00:00May 18th, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on The urban ecology of COVID-19 – links to the wildlife trade

Evolution of urban ecology – three paradigms

Let me start this post by looking back at my PhD candidacy exam. Here’s what this rite of passage involves at University of Calgary. The professors on the supervisory committee and internal examiners all submit questions to the PhD supervisor, who whittles them down to three pairs of questions sent to the PhD candidate. [...]

By |2020-09-16T04:21:29+00:00May 9th, 2020|Urbanisation|Comments Off on Evolution of urban ecology – three paradigms
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