Time to stop and think

July 13th, 2022 by Tracey Mollins

Do you ever wish that you had time to stop and think?

We all do, especially after the hurly-burly of the pivot to remote learning during pandemic lockdowns and the pivot back to the blended and hybrid models that programs developed to meet the needs of new learners who joined during the pivot and returning learners who were unable to connect remotely.

Here are some opportunities to stop and think about technology and teaching that AlphaPlus is offering this fall.

Two collaborative learning spaces

ENet 

ENet is where literacy practitioners collaborate to evaluate blended learning approaches, tools and resources that enhance and expand learning. The course offers explorations of the “theoretical basis for using technology along with providing experience using apps and tools.”

“I found it really useful, fun, and flexible. I got to choose my own combination of video meetings, online coursework, sharing forums, resource lists, and documents designed to help me develop my own projects, over eight weeks of learning.”

This reflective practice opportunity takes place in eight Zoom sessions and in activities in Moodle. People who attend the Zoom sessions and complete the activities report that it takes them about 30 hours over eight weeks. 

Learn more here: alphaplus.ca/educator-network-e-net 

Join our next cohort starting October 25. Contact tracey@alphaplus.ca to sign up.

ENet also happens in French. This year, we are working with COFA (Coalition de Ontarienne de Formation des Adultes) to deliver eNet sessions. Contact guylaine@alphaplus.ca to find out more.


Wayfinders Community Gabfests

Conversations. Come to one, come to the series.

“This idea just came up in a national literacy meeting I was in. CLN, a literacy support org in Alberta, now runs simple monthly ‘Community Cafes’ for literacy practitioners. Just a simple online meeting, no agenda, where practitioners can chat, vent, brainstorm, etc.

I just thought I’d tell you because if there was one organized in Ontario, I’d definitely attend it.”

We decided to give it a try. The conversations will start with a spotlight on research, innovation, challenges or professional reflections related to blended learning or the use of technology for teaching and learning and go from there.

Learn more here: Wayfinders Studio: Community Gabfests 

Save the dates.

September 22, 2022, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
October 27 and November 24, 2022 (times to be determined)
January 12, February 9 and March 9, 2023 (times to be determined)

Contact tracey@alphaplus.ca to sign up.


Two self-paced, self-directed learning spaces

Planning Your Digital Toolbox

Planning Your Digital Toolbox is for people who prefer a self-paced eNet experience. 

“I learned about some new-to-me tools and was prompted to closely evaluate reasons for and methods of using those tools to enhance and expand learning.”

This reflective practice opportunity takes place in six self-paced modules in Moodle. People who complete the activities report that it takes them about 24 hours.

Join anytime. Contact tracey@alphaplus.ca to sign up.


Wayfinders Studio Website

People often tell us that some of the best learning happens in the ad hoc conversations they have with other practitioners in hallways or in breakout rooms at conferences. How can we mobilize the knowledge that we would share amongst ourselves in those informal settings? Explore The Wayfinders Studio to see what others are doing and thinking about.

In 2021, AlphaPlus interviewed facilitators about how they applied their knowledge of content, pedagogy and technology during the pivot to remote learning. See more here: Wayfinders Studio: Pivot to Remote Learning.

“Besides the valuable information and experiences, it is great to know various instructors’ perspectives.


And something we are working on

Wayfinders Studio Maker Space

This summer, we are working with practitioners in a digital storytelling maker space to create multimedia Wayfinder Studio stories. We hope that the things the Wayfinders create will inspire other educators as they explore, experiment and become Wayfinders themselves. See updates here: Wayfinders Studio: Maker Space

If you are interested in joining future Wayfinders projects, contact tracey@alphaplus.ca