Tri-University Annual History Conference Keynote

Title slide for talk

I am delighted to share that I was the keynote at the Tri-University Annual History Conference on March 9, 2019 in Guelph.  The theme for this year’s conference was “In Small and Large Things Remembered’: Material Culture and History.” Continue reading Tri-University Annual History Conference Keynote

Active History Museum Theme

Active History Museum Theme week

This week Carly Ciufo and I launched the ActiveHistory.ca museum theme week.  This week was designed to encourage conversation between museum professionals and historians, while highlighting the labour of museum professionals.

It was a pleasure to work with Carly as a co-editor and we are both very please with how the week turned out. A huge thank you to all of our fantastic contributors. Continue reading Active History Museum Theme

Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 3 Stretches

Kitten stretching on a bed

The #ExtendmOOC I’m currently participating in has ‘stretches’ built into it.  These stretches often pose a question, require some creative thinking, and are quick fun activities,  The stretches are made available throughout each module and are considered extras.  I’ve really enjoyed these activities – partially because a lot of them have involved memes, gifs, and images.  Here are my responses to the module 3 stretch challenges: Continue reading Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 3 Stretches

Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 3

White wall gallery space with artwork hung on walls

I’m currently participating in the eCampus Ontario Extend mOOC focused on technology enabled learning.  As part of this medium sized Open Online Course (mOOC) it was suggested that participants keep an ongoing set of notes to document and organize their thoughts about the experience.  As a way to document my experience I’m going to be keeping informal blog notes that reflect on what I’m learning and the activities I’m engaging in via the mOOC.

Module 3 of the mOOC is called “Curator” and is focused on content curation and curation for learning. I’ll be working through this module’s activities this week and will be sharing my work below as I complete it: Continue reading Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 3

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 47: Board Diversity and Participation Cost

Group of paint brushes with different coloured paint on them

I’m currently sitting on the Board of Directors of two organizations I care about – the National Council on Public History and the Sault Ste. Marie City Museum.  I am still relatively new to both boards and I’m continuing to learn about board governance structures and procedures. In this episode I discuss the financial and in-kind costs associated with board participation, board diversity with in the heritage field, and recognition for service to the profession.

I would love to hear about your experiences serving on organizational boards. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
-“Leading With Intent: 2017 National Index of Nonprofit Board Practices” (US data)
“Diversity in Governance: A Toolkit for Nonprofit Boards” (Canadian)

Rapid Reads:
Transformative Praxis – Building Spaces for Indigenous Self-Determination in Libraries and Archives by Kirsten Thorpe

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Image credit: RhondaK Native Florida Folk Artist on Unsplash

Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 2 Stretches

The #ExtendmOOC I’m currently participating in has ‘stretches’ built into it.  These stretches often pose a question, require some creative thinking, and are quick fun activities,  The stretches are made available throughout each module and are considered extras.  I’ve really enjoyed these activities – partially because a lot of them have involved memes, gifs, and images.  Here are my responses to the module 2 stretch challenges: Continue reading Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 2 Stretches

Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 2

Open book with text "a little space to be creative"

I’m currently participating in the eCampus Ontario Extend mOOC focused on technology enabled learning.  As part of this medium sized Open Online Course (mOOC) it was suggested that participants keep an ongoing set of notes to document and organize their thoughts about the experience.  As a way to document my experience I’m going to be keeping informal blog notes that reflect on what I’m learning and the activities I’m engaging in via the mOOC.

Module 2 of the mOOC is called “Technologist” and is focused on digital literacy and using design-thinking to approach technology.   I’ll be working through this module’s activities this week and will be sharing my work below as I complete it: Continue reading Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 2

Historical Reminiscents Podcast EP 46: Professional Development Vs. Professional Learning

Lego storm troopers teaching darth vader how to ride a bike

Conference season is quickly approaching for many Canadian academics and with all of this travel comes conversations about professional development. In this episode, I discuss the differences between professional development and professional learning.  I also tackle questions of ongoing career development, active learning, and the funding of professional growth opportunities.

I would love to hear your thoughts on professional development and professional learning. Leave a comment or send me a message on Twitter.

Mentioned in this episode:
David Porter Explains a Couple Things Video, Ontario Extend mOOC
-Linda Darling-Hammond, Maria E. Hyler, Madelyn Gardner, Danny Espinoza, “Effective Teacher Professional Development” (PDF)
-Ann Webster-Wright, “Reframing Professional Development Through Understanding Authentic Professional Learning

Rapid Reads:
-“Feeling Grief: On Emotions in the Archive of Enslavement“, Nathan Dize

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Photo credit: Daniel Cheung on Unsplash

Spreadsheet Beauty: Organizing The Things

laptop on table with excel sheet on screen

As is likely evident by a lot of my recent posts, I’ve been doing a lot of collaborative writing and research recently.  A huge chunk of this collaborative writing has been with my co-conspirator colleague Andrea Eidinger of Unwritten Histories. Andrea and I have a lot of project ideas and discussions about things we should work on.  Late in 2018 we decided that we needed to start keeping track of all these brilliant ideas in a more formal way.  Enter the spreadsheet to end all spreadsheets – or at least the spreadsheet to organize our collaborative writing projects. Continue reading Spreadsheet Beauty: Organizing The Things

Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 1

Assorted Lego on a wood floor.

I’m currently participating in the eCampus Ontario Extend mOOC focused on technology enabled learning.  As part of this medium sized Open Online Course (mOOC) it was suggested that participants keep an ongoing set of notes to document and organize their thoughts about the experience.  As a way to document my experience I’m going to be keeping informal blog notes that reflect on what I’m learning and the activities I’m engaging in via the mOOC.

Module 1 of the mOOC is all about “Teacher for Learning” and is really focused on student learning and the ways in which learning happens.  I’ll be working through this module’s activities this week and will be sharing my work below as I complete it: Continue reading Ontario Extend mOOC – Module 1